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Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE, is the chief executive officer of APICS.

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    Embracing the Power of AI

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to significantly improve supply chain planning, customer order management and inventory tracking. That makes some human supply chain professionals nervous. But, an article in Harvard Business Review reassures us that these experts will not become obsolete.
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    Gap’s Rise from the Ashes

    In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire offered an opportunity to rebuild and plan a city that was safer and more efficient than before. Chicago — APICS’s hometown — was reborn and subsequently experienced a building and population boom as the area was cleared and recreated.
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    Supply Chain in the C-Suite

    Earlier this year, Fortune reported that the number of women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies dropped from 32 — an all-time high — in 2017 to 24 in 2018. That’s a 25 percent decrease over the course of only one year. However, something important happened this week.
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    Brexit’s Unknowns Present Challenges

    British aerospace giants Airbus and Rolls-Royce are preparing for Britain’s departure from the EU – also known as Brexit. Reuters reports that as much as the big companies prepare, their business may suffer consequences resulting from their smaller supply chain partners.
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    Packaging Tackles the Plastics Problem

    As plastic products cause ecological problems, packaging companies need to rethink their materials choices and opt for more eco-friendly bioplastics.
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    More Tariff Troubles for Manufacturers

    A week ago, another round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports took effect. These taxes have been specifically designed not to affect consumer goods. Instead, the 25 percent import taxes on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods will affect American manufacturers either financially or by unraveling their global supply chains.
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    U.K.’s Carbon Dioxide Shortage Creates Concern for Meat, Beer and Crumpet Supply

    As people in the United States wind down from celebrating Independence Day — often with beer and meat – people in the United Kingdom may soon face a beer and meat shortage, due to a scarcity of carbon dioxide across the U.K.
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    Training or Automation? The Secret to Increasing Productivity

    Unemployment in the United States is below 4 percent, leading manufacturers to seriously consider automation because of the lack of skilled labor for positions.
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    Supply Chain’s Future

    The future of business and the overhaul of supply chain management currently is limited by legacy technologies, but soon will be transformed by digital technology.
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    Technology leads to tail-spend savings

    A recent report by McKinsey & Company details how digital solutions can help procurement specialists achieve some often-overlooked savings for tail spend.
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    Lobster Logistics

    With all the talk in our field about putting the customer first, I was surprised to read an article in which a company claims a different strategy. In the June 1 edition of JOC.com, Stewart Lamont, from Tangier Lobster, says his priority is the health of his product, followed by the health and reliability of his logistics strategy.
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    Pay Gap Persists in Supply Chain

    While more women are embarking on supply chain careers, there is still a pay disparity between men and women. Recent APICS research, which was highlighted this week in the Wall Street Journal, shows men in supply chain on average earn 16 percent more than women.
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    Ford Keeps on Truckin’

    Ford F-150s are the United States’ best-selling vehicle and a serious financial boon for the carmaker. According to The Detroit Free Press, F-Series trucks contribute more than $100 million a day to Ford revenue.
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    Operations Improvements Will Bolster Factories of the Future

    Harvard Business Review posits that the advancement that will drive the factories of the future is not automation but, instead, operations enhancements.
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    What Does a Purchasing Manager Do?

    Although professionals often excel at their own job responsibilities, many only have a vague idea of what their colleagues’ jobs entail. As supply chains become more intricate and entwined, it’s helpful for supply chain professionals to understand the responsibilities and pressures their business counterparts face every day.
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    Blockchain: Preventing E. Coli Through Enhanced Traceability

    Blockchain has been touted as the cure-all for everything from financial fraud to voting, but this week Wired magazine’s Maryn McKenna suggested that blockchain could help prevent E. coli. How? Consider that two weeks ago, the earliest signs of an outbreak of the disease surfaced in New Jersey.
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    Supply Chain Transformation After a Crisis

    I recently had the opportunity to write a brief response to The Financial Times about what a supply chain transformation entails. The response accompanied a large feature on the status of seafood conglomerate Thai Union, which faced a crisis in 2015.
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    Reformulating Products to Support Sustainability

    British supermarket chain Iceland is making a bold sustainability move. The retailer is becoming the first major UK supermarket chain to stop using palm oil in its store-brand food products. It aims to accomplish this goal by the end of 2018, The Guardian reports.
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    Celebrating and Encouraging Women in Supply Chain

    Since 2012, The Manufacturing Institute has celebrated women in manufacturing with its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, which recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies.
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    Transitioning to Digital Supply Networks

    With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, supply chain professionals are expected to embrace many new technologies — from artificial intelligence and robotics to predictive analytics and cloud computing.
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    When Global Trade Gets Tough

    U.S. leaders are levying new tariffs on Chinese imports and tightening restrictions on Chinese investments in U.S. technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. The efforts are an attempt to limit intellectual property theft and adjust a trade imbalance with China.
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    Digital Assistants for Business

    In just a few years, digital assistants have become common place in homes, with adults and kids asking alarm-clock-sized devices about the weather, their favorite songs and much more. This week, IBM announced its own take on the trend with Watson Assistant.
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    Attempting to Define the Supply Chain Economy

    Two Harvard Business Review contributors have pointed out that there is not yet a well-accepted definition of what industries fit into the supply chain economy. Along the same lines, there also is not a formal count of the number of jobs supply chain encompasses or a rating of those jobs.
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    Reinforcing the Medical Supply Chain

    Supply chain professionals know that in the medical industry, supply chain performance is critical to the health and wellness of individuals. This week, Wired’s Maryn McKenna uncovered the effects a “long, thin” supply chain has on the medical industry.
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    Distribution Disruption Causes KFC Chicken Shortage

    Last week, even the Colonel couldn’t help KFC restaurants in the United Kingdom. Approximately 800 of the 900 KFCs in the U.K. temporarily closed because of a chicken shortage, according to CNN Money.