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Where Will Companies Find Their Future I.T. Expertise?

Where Will Companies Find Their Future I.T. Expertise?

We love to complain about the shortcomings of tech support. But how would we feel about a worldwide shortage of I.T. talent?[more]


Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

The Republicans’ tax-reform measure is now the law of the land. So what’s going to happen to all that cash that’s been sitting in the overseas accounts of U.S. multinationals? Is it coming home?[more]


Laboratory Products Get a 'Green' Label. How About Consumer Goods?

Laboratory Products Get a “Green” Label. How About Consumer Goods?

It’s been 23 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began requiring "nutrition facts" labels on most food products. Is it time to do the same for disclosing the environmental impact of laboratory products?[more]


Is Cash Replacing Inventory As a Hedge Against Supply-Chain Risk?

Is Cash Replacing Inventory As a Hedge Against Supply-Chain Risk?

Worried about managing supply-chain risk? All you need is cash.[more]


Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

The start of the phased-in compliance period for installation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on commercial trucks is just over a month away. But many drivers appear to be lagging in adopting the technology.[more]


A.I. Comes to Procurement. Are Human Sourcing Professionals Doomed?

A.I. Comes to Procurement. Are Human Sourcing Professionals Doomed?

Artificial intelligence, for decades little more than a dream in the minds of behavioral scientists, is insinuating itself into every aspect of supply-chain management today. The latest incursion is taking place in the realm of sourcing.[more]


Why APICS Partnered With a Private E-Tailer for Omnichannel Benchmarking

Why APICS Partnered With a Private E-Tailer for Omnichannel Benchmarking

An unusual partnership between a major industry trade group and private retailer seeks to create a system for benchmarking supply-chain performance by e-commerce companies.[more]


How Smaller Traders Are Surviving in the Trade-Financing Game

How Smaller Traders Are Surviving in the Trade-Financing Game

It's a classic chicken-and-egg dilemma. Small and medium-sized companies can't get access to the trade financing they need in order to grow - because they're small.[more]


Can Meal Kit Delivery Services Forge Sustainable Supply Chains?

Can Meal Kit Delivery Services Forge Sustainable Supply Chains?

Meal kit delivery services are taking the internet by storm. But can they deliver a supply chain that makes economic sense?[more]


Shining a Light on the Dreaded Phenomenon of 'Dark Spending'

Shining a Light on the Dreaded Phenomenon of 'Dark Spending'

Astrophysicists confront the mystery of dark energy and dark matter. Supply chain managers have to deal with dark spending.[more]


Eliminating Forced Labor Is a Tough Task. But That's No Reason Not to Act.

Eliminating Forced Labor Is a Tough Task. But That's No Reason Not to Act.

Laws against child labor, human trafficking and forced labor in the supply chain are beginning to spread throughout the globe.[more]


Are There Enough Workers to Support U.S. Manufacturing Growth?

Are There Enough Workers to Support U.S. Manufacturing Growth?

What if manufacturing came back to the U.S., and there weren't enough people to fill the jobs?[more]


Seeking Higher Ground: How One EMS Provider Is Redefining an Industry

Seeking Higher Ground: How One EMS Provider Is Redefining an Industry

There was a time when contract manufacturers performed one specific task: making products, usually of a high-tech nature, while staying well behind the scenes. But that time is long gone.[more]


How FDA's Rule on Medical-Device Tracking Can Cure a Sick Supply Chain

How FDA's Rule on Medical-Device Tracking Can Cure a Sick Supply Chain

Regulation is usually viewed by the private sector as a burden. But sometimes it makes good business sense.[more]


The Changing Role of the CPO: With Respect Comes Responsibility

The Changing Role of the CPO: With Respect Comes Responsibility

A "celebrity" chief procurement officer? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?[more]


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