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

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    Trade Progress Could Reduce Tariffs, Increase Jobs

    After months of trade challenges, world leaders recently made progress in complex negotiations.
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    Deciphering Machine Learning Dilemmas

    The essence of machine learning is teaching computer programs to act like humans. Yet, as more supply chain professionals realize the value of mirroring company assets with artificial intelligence, it’s also clear that considerable value lies in teaching computer programs to act like other machines.
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    Track That Turkey

    Consumers have increasing appetites for knowledge about where their food comes from. This Thanksgiving, major U.S. turkey brands served up additional details about the origins of their products thanks to the support of blockchain and other technologies.
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    Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    An article earlier this week from The Wall Street Journal tells us we are in the midst of the next industrial revolution, the fourth of its kind. Mobile internet, automation and artificial intelligence are what’s fueling this revolution.
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    Mujin, JD.com Test First Automated Warehouse

    Automation startup Mujin has partnered with JD.com to create the world’s first automated warehouse.
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    Four Things Every Supply Chain Needs

    Bloomberg reported last month that Chinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies using a tiny microchip hidden on server motherboards. Here are four key supply chain aspects that will help you protect your business.
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    Trade Wars

    This week, The New York Times featured “Trump’s Trade War May Create New Auto Jobs. In China.” It’s an in-depth look at how foreign carmakers operating in the United States are weighing tariffs on their bottom lines.
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    Innovation at Sherwin-Williams Never Rests

    Paint manufacturer and retailer Sherwin-Williams credits kaizen, or continuous improvement, for their decades of success.
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    Organizations Still Catching Up with Supply Chain’s Potential

    A Deloitte study explores how executives view the supply chain as an innovative business function.
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    The Hack: Keep Calm, Supply Chains Have Got You Covered

    Bloomberg reported last week that Chinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies — including Amazon, Apple and others — using a tiny microchip hidden on server motherboards.
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    Announcing ASCM

    While APICS 2018 in Chicago may be over, we are just getting started. Sunday, we introduced the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
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    Remodeling Factories into Distribution Centers

    The U.S. economy has been shifting its efforts from manufacturing operations to logistics and distribution services. To accommodate this shift, commercial real estate developers are working to remodel unused manufacturing facilities into new hubs for logistics and distribution operations.
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    Real Benefits from Digital Twins

    The evolution and convergence of sensors, cloud services, big data and machine learning are enabling predictive maintenance — which helps determine when maintenance is needed — through the use of digital twins.
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    Lego’s Search for Sustainable Bricks

    Danish toymaker Lego is working to participate in this sustainability trend, but its challenges are much larger than those of other brands. It’s not just the company’s packaging that needs to change, but the material in its iconic toy blocks.
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    Diversifying and Optimizing amid the US-China Tariff War

    As a result of the tariff war between the United States and China, companies are looking to source manufactured goods from other Asian countries.
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    Cobalt at a Cost

    The high-tech comforts many of us enjoy today are made possible by cobalt, a metal commonly used in smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets and electric vehicles. The artisanal miners who extract and prepare the cobalt — many of whom are children — are among the poorest workers in the world.
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    Planting the Seeds of Blockchain in Agribusiness

    Governments, private investors and experts are noting that the agricultural trade industry is ripe for improvement with blockchain technology.
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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.