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  • Posted by
    Brian Atwater
    Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Indiana University Southeast (IUS)

    APICS Dictionary and the Evolution of Supply Chain

    The APICS body of knowledge has continually evolved to follow changes in the discipline of supply chain management. As editors of the APICS Dictionary, Paul Pittman and I have had the unique opportunity to observe and play a role in that progression.
  • Posted by
    Jennifer Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Starbucks’ Supply Chain and Marketing Strategy Unicorn

    The specialty Frappuccino strategy used an agile supply chain to meet customer demand.
  • 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

    Finding Hidden Supply Chain Leaders

    Supply chain leaders exist at all levels of management. We may only see the formal leader, the one with a senior management title, but there are informal leaders at all over our profession. Out of the spotlight, they do a job of true importance.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Nurturing the Supply Chain Farm Team

    Last week I had the opportunity to spend time with executives of small and mid-sized manufacturing companies in the greater Louisville, Kentucky area. I was invited to speak at the Metro Manufacturing Alliance (MMA) annual summit at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, Indiana. My speech focused on workforce development and how important it is for small and mid-sized manufacturers to invest in developing a “farm team” of talented workers who can contribute to the long-term success of companies.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Supply Chain Professionals: Have You Sharpened Your Saw Recently?

    In 2013, I made it a priority to attend more conferences. Since I started working with APICS in 2007, I skipped my own industry conferences to immerse myself in the world of supply chain. I needed to learn about supply chain and why it is critical to business success. I needed to meet supply chain professionals. I needed to understand the various organizations that serve you in the APICS community. Additionally, I still spend a lot of time on the road meeting with APICS partners and customers to understand their perspectives and needs. In the office, my days are packed with managing planning, budgets, people, and more. I have a busy work and personal life, and I know many of you relate.
  • 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

    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

    Innovation by Surprise

    I am about to embark into dangerous territory – at least for me – and make a sports analogy. Innovation is about field goals and touchdowns. Both can add up to victory. At least that is how I am summarizing comments to my last post. Bob Trent, Paul Pittman, and Chet Frame write about the process of continuous improvement creating a culture of innovation. It’s about the discipline and, as Chet says, “the daily commitment to working better.” Field goals.
  • 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

    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.