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  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Reverse Innovation and Supply Chain

    I’m pleased to welcome guest blogger Jason Wheeler, CPIM, CSCP, to “Thinking Supply Chain.” Wheeler is Process Improvement Engineer, Warehouse Operations for Roche Diagnostics Operations and the former APICS chair-elect.
  • 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
    Hans Ehm
    Lead Principal Supply Chain Innovation, Infineon Technologies

    Bringing SCOR to Singapore

    A daylong educational forum in Singapore in July will introduce the SCOR model to supply chain professionals representing some of the world’s largest and most recognized semiconductor and electronics companies. The event is the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association 2016 Forum titled, “Supply Chain Metrics and Measures: Applying the SCOR Model to Modern Challenges.”
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Brexit: What Does this Mean for Supply Chain Professionals?

    Last week, UK citizens voted to leave the European Union (EU) with the passing of a referendum known as Brexit—British Exit. The tidal wave of reaction and speculation which followed the announcement signals far-reaching effects from this historic change, and many supply chain professionals are asking, “how does Brexit impact my supply chains?” While I can’t answer that directly, I can provide a framework for developing an answer.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Can Your Supply Chain Keep Up?

    According to a Reuters report, Target is cracking down on suppliers to better compete with Amazon and Walmart. Target’s new policies, which took effect May 30, require suppliers to provide a single day arrival date for shipments to Target's warehouses and do away with delivery “grace periods.” Suppliers who fail to deliver on time will be charged late fees of 5 percent of the order cost, an increase from their previous 1 percent to 2 percent.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Customizing 3-D Printing's Latest Advance

    MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has reported a breakthrough. It is now possible to 3-D print hydraulic devices in a single step—liquid and solid components being fabricated concurrently—using commercially available 3-D printers. Researchers predict a future when consumers will be able to easily create a fully-functional, customizable, robot on demand.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    The Perfect Storm: Commodities at Sea and the Baltic Dry Index (BDI)

    The so-called Baltic Dry Index (BDI), introduced in 1985, is a basket of dry cargo freight rates, and provides a handy way of tracking global commodities and raw materials. Not limited to the Baltic Sea, the index reflects the price of moving dry materials by sea across 23 key shipping routes. The movement of commodities and raw materials provides insight into the upstream status of many supply chains.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Can Supply Chain Innovations Create Customer Happiness?

    Jeremy Gutsche was one of the general session speakers at APICS 2013. In anticipation of meeting him in Orlando, I had been spending some time “getting to know him” through his hugely popular website Trendhunter.com. As the site states: “With 40 million monthly views, TrendHunter.com is the world’s largest, most popular trend community.”
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Women’s Influence in Manufacturing and Supply Chain

    In March 2013, I picked up a study conducted by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute (MI) titled “Untapped Resource: How manufacturers can attract, retain, and advance talented women.”
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Connecting Your Supply Chain via Social Media

    There is no doubt social media is changing the way we personally and professionally relate to the world and to supply chain and operations management. In the last eight months, APICS hosted two world cafés exploring the impact of social media on supply chain management.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    The Total Scope of Supply Chain Management

    Defining the total scope of supply chain management—as an association professional, advocating for supply chain professionals—is one of my biggest challenges.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Supply Chain Workforce Development in India

    In April 2013, I returned from a truly extraordinary trip to Mumbai for the APICS Asia Supply Chain & Operations Management 2013 conference. We were really pleased with the outcomes. It was a 360-degree educational experience and the participants, speakers, and APICS staff all learned so much.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Is Innovation Your Next Game-Changer?

    The bold headline on the P&G site reads “Connect+Develop.” If you haven’t been there, you need to go. The site is designed to attract partners with whom P&G can collaborate to deliver innovative solutions to the marketplace.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Innovation: a noun or a verb?

    "I am starting to cringe when I see the word innovation. I have placed this word on a list of terms that I maintain that are so overused that they begin to lose their meaning." I know where Bob Trent, who commented on my last post, is coming from.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Built to Last?

    Winning, earning profits, or creating customer value: What is the best focus for developing supply chain strategy? Commenting on my last post, Joe Wikowski points out Michael Porter might disagree with A.G. Lafley and Roger Martin’s emphasis on winning as the foundation for developing strategy.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Strategy and the Risk of Opportunity Lost

    Consumer package goods (CPG) companies, such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble, have earned a special kind of admiration in the supply chain world. They are targeting emerging middle class markets and it is their supply chain strategy that makes this a profitable—and enviable—business. Supply chain leaders across a variety of industries and marketplaces want insight into CPGs supply chain strategy.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Brand, Values, and Supply Chain Strategy

    Dan Castle is a true APICS success story. A longtime member, instructor, and leader, he made a very bold professional transition in 2009 and became the chief quality officer for Tata Communications in India. Dan recently transferred to Tata Quality Management Services, a division of Tata Sons, and he is charged with helping to set standards of excellence to achieve improvement goals across Tata enterprises.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Mind the Strategy Gap

    Your comments after my last post, which I greatly appreciate, reminded me of an interesting meeting I had a few years ago. The group was discussing strategy and linkages between corporate strategy and supply chain and operations strategy.