Off the Chain: Supply Chain Integration Builds Trust, So Do It

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Off the Chain: Supply Chain Content You Can UseThe idea of organizations working closely with their suppliers to create mutually beneficial change is one APQC often talks about. These close relationships have the potential to yield benefits greater than just lower cost or a reliable source for materials.

How to Attract and Keep Supply Chain Talent

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We’ve written a lot on this blog about how organizations are looking to attract supply chain professionals to offset impending retirements. We’ve also written a lot about what supply chain professionals are looking for in an employer. To put it all in perspective, APQC has created a series of infographics that look at attracting and keeping supply chain professionals. 

Off the Chain: Supply Chain Content You Can Use (May 2016)

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Off the Chain: Supply Chain Content You Can Use

This month APQC’s supply chain management research team is kicking off a regular blog series called Off the Chain. In each post we’ll highlight trending content from APQC’s Knowledge Base that we think you’ll love.

Why Integrated Business Planning Gets Tougher as Complexity Grows

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Many organizations have adopted integrated business planning (IBP), but these organizations often don’t realize its full potential. IBP takes sales and operations planning to the next level by incorporating finance and senior leadership. APQC recently asked Dean Sorensen of IBP Collaborative about what prevents manufacturers from adopting fully integrated IBP and how they can move past common mistakes to obtain the full value of integration.

How Organizations Manage Product Costs

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Anyone involved in designing and producing products knows that there are multiple priorities when releasing something new. You not only have to make sure your development project launches on time and on budget, but you also have to make sure that the manufacturing of the product is as cost efficient as possible. That’s why many organizations are adopting a design-to-cost approach for their product development efforts. 

Supply Chain Management Priorities for 2016

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We’re already in the second month of 2016. Budgets and strategies are set for the year, which means organizations have set the tone for how the next few months will play out. What do supply chain management professionals think about the direction their organizations are taking in 2016? APQC is conducting a survey on this topic, and the early results are interesting.

Attracting Millennials to a Career in Supply Chain

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Much has been made of getting Millennials to see supply chain as a rewarding career option. Efforts such as the 30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars recognition program promote the career possibilities of recent graduates entering the supply chain field. These programs also highlight the potential of younger professionals.

How Do Organizations Attract Supply Chain Talent?

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Attracting talent to the supply chain field has and continues to be a hot topic among organizations as many supply chain professionals prepare to retire. A couple of years ago an APQC study revealed that 67 percent of surveyed organizations had made talent management initiatives a top priority in their supply chain functions.

Supply Chain IT Risk: How Organizations Manage It

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Risks to IT systems and their potential effects on the supply chain have been of concern for organizations, and this shows no signs of going away. A 2014 APQC study showed that many organizations have experienced some kind of IT disruption that affected the supply chain and that organizational leaders are concerned about a variety of IT disruption risks.

That same study indicated organizations use different practices to manage risk, including:

Why Organizations Should Focus on Nex’perts

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Much has been written about the need to get younger generations interested in STEM fields.