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

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    When Quality Control Turns Scandalous

    Japan is dealing with another scandal tarnishing its reputation for quality. Toray Industries announced last week that one of its subsidiaries had faked quality data on its textiles. The Wall Street Journal reports that Toray joins Nissan Motor Co. and Kobe Steel in their quality scandal woes.
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    Creating Seamless Retail and Online Shopping Experiences

    The other day, while driving through a suburban neighborhood, I saw an abandoned shopping cart on the street. It stood out for a couple of reasons. First, there weren’t any nearby stores, from which this one could have strayed. Second, it was creating a little traffic jam on a normally quiet street.
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    Using Blockchain on Turkeys

    Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the United States, and to celebrate many families around the country enjoyed a feast, which almost certainly included turkey.
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    Uncovering New Uses for Supply Chain Analytics

    For supply chain professionals, much is made about utilizing data analytics to improve demand planning and forecasting. However, Deloitte reports that 35 percent of companies now use analytics to mitigate third-party supply chain fraud, waste and abuse, an increase from 25.2 percent in 2014.
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    Brexit Continues to Create Confusion for EU and UK Firms

    European Union businesses expect to contract less with U.K. suppliers and more with suppliers in their own market after Brexit. Earlier this week, The Guardian reported that British exporters could lose billions of pounds in business once Brexit is finalized. 
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    Manufacturing’s Other Dimension — Digital Twins

    Last week, Netflix released the second season of its popular sci-fi series “Stranger Things,” which explores mysteries related to scientific experiments, super natural forces and a parallel dimension. Netflix isn’t the only media outlet interested in other worlds.
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    Preparing for the Robot Takeover … Or Not

    There are many pundits running around saying that robots are going to take our jobs. That’s why an October 19 article in Futurism stands out with the title “Is Technology Really Going to Destroy More Jobs than Ever Before?”
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    Applying Lessons from APICS 2017

    “Don’t seek perfection. Seek balance. Seek consistence. Seek justice. Seek passion. Seek a cause for humanity, and your life shall have meaning.” These are the words of Derreck Kayongo, global humanitarian and a general session speaker at APICS 2017.
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    Disruption Worries Could Hinder Your Business

    Business journals and pundits everywhere you turn seem to promote disruption, warning that if you aren’t embracing it, you are dooming your organization. However, in a recent post on strategy + business, authors Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi argue that acting too hastily or not at all are the real threats to your business.
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    Protecting Consumer Health with Cold Chain

    Maintaining temperature integrity and accurate product documentation can sometimes be a challenge for the logistics industry as products change hands and storage locations multiple times. However, these are important considerations that, in some cases, could have a significant impact on the end consumer’s health.
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    Virtual Reality Creating Real-World Gains

    A little story in The Wall Street Journal points to big innovations for aerospace manufacturing. Rolls-Royce, which makes airplane engines for Boeing and Airbus jetliners, is using virtual reality to test what the company calls the “world’s most powerful aerospace gearbox.”
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    Supply Chain Safety Moves to Factories around the World

    Increasingly, company leaders are working to improve the health and safety of employees throughout their supply chains.
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    In the Wake of Natural Disasters, Logistics Proves Paramount

    The recent devastation in North America due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in southern Mexico has created extreme logistical challenges as relief efforts continue and clean up begins.
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    Supply Chain Leaders Become Societal Leaders

    As supply chain leaders, you have the power and potential to make a difference in your organizations. Each day, you use your skills to ensure company efficiency and goal achievement, make educated decisions that help drive the business forward, and inspire your colleagues and direct reports.
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    Supply Chain Responds to Hurricane Harvey

    For the past week, U.S. weather news and supply chain news have been focused on Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in southeast Texas last Friday night. The storm parked itself over the Houston area for five straight days and dumped more than 50 inches of rain before heading east to Louisiana on Wednesday, The
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    Revealing Manufacturing’s Future

    The state of manufacturing jobs in the United States is complicated. This idea was reinforced last week in The Washington Post’s article “Trump Tried to Save Their Jobs. These Workers Are Quitting Anyway.”
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    Preparing for the New Age of Cyberrisk

    Malware has crippled banks, railway systems and power companies, but the Associated Press (AP) reported last week that manufacturers increasingly are the victims of cyberattacks too.
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    Building Sophisticated Supply Chains in India

    In my discussions and travels, I often meet engineers who have become supply chain professionals. To me, that makes a lot of sense. I think engineers, like supply chain experts, seek to make sense out of what appears chaotic and complex. Ask anybody with global experience, and they will tell you that supply chains and manufacturing
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    The Next Frontier for Robots: Picking

    Warehouse automation systems have been around for a long time, but one task has eluded robots: picking. But that is about to change. The Wall Street Journal reports that robot developers, spurred by the growth in e-commerce, are working on robot systems that can retrieve items off the shelves and pack them for shipping.
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    Bringing Innovation into Big Business

    Innovation has been a buzz word in business for at least the last decade. Yet large companies still struggle to capture new ideas like those presented by startups and entrepreneurs. In the latest issue of Harvard Business Review, Bharat Kapoor, Kevin Nolan and Natarajan Venkatakrishnan outline how GE is aiming to seize some innovation magic through FirstBuild.
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    Australia’s Fragile Energy Supply and Demand

    Australia is the second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world. However, in spite of its natural resource volume, the country is experiencing its own energy crisis, including frequent blackouts and a lack of domestic reserves. Last week, The Wall Street Journal described the country’s challenges in “How Energy-Rich Australia Exported Its Way into an Energy Crisis.”
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    Food Brands Fighting to Find Winning Market-Share Formulas

    It used to be that if you looked in any American pantry, you saw some quintessential items, such as Kellogg’s cereal, Campbell’s soup and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Now, if you open that door, you likely will see healthier, more natural alternatives and less-expensive store brands. Last week, The Wall Street Journal laid out the challenges being faced by big food brands in “So Long, Hamburger Helper: America’s Venerable Food Brands are Struggling.”
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    Global Companies, Local Thinking

    In today’s increasingly connected world, it almost seems that international trade could not be easier. Companies around the globe can conduct business via the internet, and transportation and logistics professionals ensure that products reach customers in an efficient and timely manner. However, some experts are saying that the modern market actually is not trending toward globalization but instead toward localization.
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    Amazon Robots Set to Transform Whole Foods’ Warehouses

    Since Amazon announced its intention to buy Whole Foods Market on June 16, news outlets have been exploring all the ways this combination of companies will influence online retailing and grocery strategies. This week, Bloomberg highlighted how Amazon may transform Whole Foods warehouses with its robots.
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    Alphabet Soup: TCO, ROI and YOU

    Supply chain professionals know how to calculate the total cost of ownership (TCO), but now other leaders and decision makers are starting to pay closer attention. This week, Huffington Post featured “Manufacturers are Taking Aim at ‘Total Cost’ With On-Demand Manufacturing,” by Vicki Holt, president and CEO of Pronto Labs.

Southern California Wildfires

As we witness the ongoing effects of the wildfires, we’re concerned for those impacted. If your ability to take your scheduled APICS exam is affected, contact Pearson VUE at apics.org/pearson-vue
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