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  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Lost at Sea

    The title of this week’s Supply Chain Management Now isn’t from a new Hollywood thriller; this situation is real, and it’s serious. One of the world’s biggest shipping companies, South Korea-based Hanjin Shipping, filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, leaving as much as $14 billion worth of cargo floating and manufacturers uncertain, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Defining Digital Supply Chains and Digital Ecosystems

    Given today’s rapidly evolving supply chain environment, APICS Research has recognized a need to define the term “digital supply chain.” It has become a challenge, since few people agree on how to summarize the integration of so many different technologies, activities, and outputs. Digital supply chain must define the future of digital collaboration, risk management, supply chain flows, and so on. In this series of blog posts I will highlight some relevant topics in the developing area of digital supply chain.
  • Posted by
    Jennifer Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    The Unofficial List of Supply Chain Awards (and why you should apply)

    Winning an award is a wonderful way to brag. It’s an endorsement from a respected third party that brings your organization positive publicity and credibility. It provides a great opportunity to market your organization and your work.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Replenishing the World’s Water

    Although water covers almost 70 percent of the earth’s surface, only about 2.5 percent of it is fresh and only about 1 percent is easy to access. That means about one in nine people worldwide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. Therefore, replenishing and preserving water is an immense part of sustainability efforts for industries and for individuals.
  • Posted by
    Jennifer Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Supply Chain is the Star of New SAP Ad

    SAP has a marketing campaign underway that showcases its technology through the eyes of its customers, and one video segment stands out to me. It tells the story of athletic apparel manufacturer Under Armour, and the key takeaway is that supply chain excellence has made the company what it is today.
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    David Ross
    Senior Manager, Professional Development

    What is “push” and “pull” distribution?” – Part 21

    In the previous blog we began a discussion on what happens to the distribution orders (DOs) generated by satellite warehouses. It was stated that the most important output of DRP was the generation of a schedule of DOs extending out into the planning horizon.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Zika Hits Supply Chain

    This summer, the world has heard a great deal about the Zika virus, especially as athletes and fans from all around the globe flocked to Brazil, an affected region, for the 2016 Olympics. As the mosquito-borne virus has spread to the United States, Zika has affected US supply chains and trade with China as well. Chinese officials have tracked the virus and keep a list of Zika-affected countries. Shipments from these countries must be fumigated before they enter the Chinese market. Last month, officials added the United States to this list. This new status has US exporters worried about added costs and shipping delays, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    China’s Yuan Devaluation and Supply-Side "Xionomics?"

    In August 2015, China rattled global trade by suddenly devaluing the yuan against the US dollar. The devaluation came at a time of weakening China exports, falling stock prices, rising debt levels, and a new long-term strategy to increase Chinese domestic consumption. Global concern at the time was for stability. What has happened in the 12 months since? More devaluation and a new supply-side recovery strategy.
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    David Ross
    Senior Manager, Professional Development

    What is “push” and “pull” distribution?” – Part 20

    In the previous blog we examined the mechanics of the first part of the DRP pull system in action. The grid illustrated how the bill of distribution (BOD) was used by the DRP processor to guide the implosion process whereby projected inventory shortages at the lowest echelon in the channel structure are converted into distribution orders (DOs) and then placed as a schedule of gross requirements in the planning grids of supplying warehouses.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Mexico’s Gain Might Also Help US

    Mexico’s manufacturing economy is booming, according to an article published earlier this week in The Los Angeles Times. This manufacturing insurgence is fostering a growing middle class in that country, but what that means for American manufacturing and its middle class is still in question.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Cars and Cartels: Ethics and Supply Chain Professionals

    Trust is at a low ebb for some in the European auto industry. Various automakers are facing investigations and fines for excessive diesel emissions. Investors are nervous about expensive R&D bets made on electric battery powertrains and SUV designs. On top of this, the German Federal Cartel Office reported making major raids on six automakers and parts suppliers on June 23, 2016 as part of a large steel price-fixing cartel investigation.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Businesses Everywhere Could Learn from German SMEs

    You may never have heard of the companies Rimowa, Jungbunzlauer, or Strama-MPS, but an August 12 Harvard Business Review article by Winfried W. Weber suggests that these and other small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Germany could teach a few things to companies all over the world seeking to endure in good economic times and bad.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Autognostics: The Rise of “Self-Aware” Digital Supply Chains

    Building self-managing networks seems like a modern solution to overcoming complexity that scales beyond human comprehension. The Internet is a common example. But human beings have actually been building complex, self-managing networks for a very long time—even before computers.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Boosting E-Commerce

    Walmart Stores Inc. this week agreed to pay $3.3 billion for Jet.com, a year-old online retailer. The Wall Street Journal reports this is the largest-ever purchase of a US e-commerce startup, and a LinkedIn Pulse article digs into the reasons why.
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    David K. Peterson
    Senior Consultant Logistics Management Institute

    A Holistic Approach to Complex Systems Support

    Did you turn on a light, ride a train, or drive a car today? I’m guessing you probably did. And, while doing these activities, did you think about what it takes to ensure your electricity works, keep your train operating on time, or deliver your car to your local dealership so you could buy it?
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Pedaling Toward the (Supply Chain) Finish Line

    Business and bicycling: It’s not often that those two things are mentioned together. However, this week, Quartz ran a story advising businesses to learn from British Cycling and how it seized an opportunity to get more women involved in the sport.
  • Posted by
    Jennifer Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    New Logistics Certification from APICS

    Earlier this month, APICS launched the definitive global standard for logistics best practices, the APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD) credential program, which will elevate knowledge and skills in logistics, transportation, and distribution practitioners.
  • Posted by
    Jennifer Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Why Marketing Your Supply Chain Matters

    Marketing isn’t just for the marketing department or your company’s marketing people. In fact, the marketing you can do is probably much more interesting to the people who matter a lot to you – prospective employees.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Transparency’s Downsides

    It’s the solution we hear over and over again for many of our supply chain challenges: transparency. Transparency for suppliers, transparency for customers, and transparency for colleagues are all made out to be the ultimate answer. However, in his July 21 Harvard Business Review article, David De Cremer challenges that idea. He warns that transparency might not be the “universal solution—and may even create new problems.”
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Out of sync: The US industrial recession and consumer spending

    2015 saw the beginning of a decline in US industrial output. By February 2016, US industrial production had fallen five times over six months. Capacity utilization fell to 75.3%—4.7% below long-term historic averages.
  • Posted by
    Laurie Denham
    Senior Director of Academic Relations

    Millennials Blazing Trails in the Supply Chain Industry

    The supply chain industry is an avenue full of career opportunities that can make a global impact. From supply chain to distribution and logistics, many young professionals are unaware of the career paths available in the industry
  • Posted by
    David Ross
    Senior Manager, Professional Development

    What is “push” and “pull” distribution?” – Part 19

    In the previous blog we examined in close detail the differences between material requirements planning (MRP) and distribution requirements planning (DRP). It was stated that at first glance, it appears that DRP is very much like MRP.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Collaborating for Success

    Shipping demand and prices for 2016 remain sluggish, experts say, leaving smaller third-party logistics (3PL) providers challenged and larger companies shopping for potential acquisitions. According to JOC.com, Echo Global Logistics is an example of a fast-growing logistics company that is expanding through acquisition.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Will the next 15 years be a logistics golden age?

    Logistics professionals help keep the world running in ordered motion. Their vision and imagination continually solve daunting challenges of time and space, yet forecast trends for the years 2016–2030 reveal a wave of change, which will test those talents.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Ramping Up after a Downturn

    The oil and gas industry is readying itself for a comeback. According to The Wall Street Journal, after two years of oil slump, there is a slow recovery happening. However, this recovery might be encumbered by labor shortages, equipment that has sat idle too long, and cash availability.