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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    APICS RISC
    Research, Innovation & Strategy Committee

    The Internet of Supply Chains (IoSC), a Model in the Cloud

    Karl Kirschenhofer, Thomas Gaal and Katie Fowler break down the concept of the Internet of Supply Chains (IoSC) and explain why the semantic web, blockchain, and linked data technologies should be on your radar.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Bob Collins
    APICS Senior Director, Professional Development

    CPIM Streamlined for Busy Supply Chain Professionals

    Times change, work evolves, and companies need new skills and better trained supply chain professionals. As a result, APICS has updated the CPIM program to better serve the needs of today’s supply chain workforce, while maintaining the body of knowledge and integrity that has kept CPIM at the forefront of supply chain education.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Gary Smith
    Vice President Supply Logistics, MTA New York City Transit

    Three Reasons to Commit to Lifelong Learning

    It’s no secret that earning a certification is challenging and time-consuming, and I am often asked by colleagues about what motivated me and why I think this kind of lifelong learning is worth my time. Three reasons come to mind.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Jennifer K. 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.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Raising the Bar on Global Health

    APICS keynote Derrek Kayongo shares how results-driven partnerships and supply chain strategy repurpose soap into lifesaving global health initiatives.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Develop Strategic Skills for Supply Chain Leadership

    Meet the challenge to rise from supply chain manager to supply chain leader.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    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.
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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Professional Associations Remain Relevant. Here’s Why.

    Participating in a professional group brings many benefits you can’t get anywhere else.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Adopting Artificial Intelligence: Make Sure You Are Ready with Analytics

    When reading all the latest business journals and even Supply Chain Management Now, you likely have heard about the wonders of artificial intelligence (AI). Like an infomercial, experts quoted in articles tout the cutting-edge solutions and business-transforming properties of AI. However, in a June 7 article in Harvard Business Review, Nick Harrison and Deborah O’Neill warn against adopting AI if you haven’t yet mastered analytics.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Securing Supplies is No Game for Nintendo

    In today’s competitive tech world, the fight is not only for customers but for parts as well. Last week, The Wall Street Journal outlined how Nintendo is competing with companies that make mobile phones, computer servers and other tech products to get the components it needs for its new Switch gaming machine.
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    Ehap Sabri
    Advisory Director, KPMG

    Five Tips for IBP Transformation Success

    Integrated business planning (IBP) extends S&OP principles to deliver a seamless management process.
  • Posted by
    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Self-Publishing Tips for Supply Chain Professionals

    Become a published author to build your personal brand and advance the supply chain community.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Discovering the Keys to Successful Supplier Partnerships

    When the economy is tight, business leaders seek to cut costs. However, taking a more holistic approach to business-to-business (B2B) supplier relationships could add value and save more money in the end. Recently, Gallup explored the top three characteristics of successful B2B supplier relationships.