Can we Learn from Emergency Supply Chains?

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Can we learn from emergency supply chains?

A few weeks ago there was a large condo fire at the building next to mine. I had the opportunity to watch firsthand the “supply chain” of fire rescue. Few people are involved in such an important supply chain where seconds can mean people’s lives, but when you break it down it really is a supply chain. A network is setup to facilitate customer orders, an order is received, a system decides which warehouse is best to fulfill the order, the warehouse receives the order and the product is sent to the customer.

Robotics in the Supply Chain

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With delivery drones, autonomous trucks, and crewless cargo ships dominating the news, much has been discussed about transforming the delivery—more specifically, the last mile—of retail in the supply chain. But for supply chain professionals, much of the focus right now is on the immediate impact of robotics further up the supply chain.

6 Proven Knowledge Retention Ideas To Avoid Disaster

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We’ve all heard the saying “the only constant in life is change.” Change is happening faster than ever in companies around the world—whether it’s implementing new software, automating processes, or hiring/losing employees—your company will inevitably face change.

What is Automation?

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The future of supply chain management is automation. Or is it robotics? Or are those two the same thing? More importantly, what’s going to happen?

Holy Mackerel: Supply Chain Priorities In 2017

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Dec 1, 2016 was my first day at APQC. Folks all day asked if I was drinking from a firehose yet. Indubitably I was. Actually, I moaned, it was more like having a large bucket of ice water poured over me.  You know what’s coming, but not exactly sure when. Hey, my eyes were closed!

2 Common Supply Chain Management Mistakes to Avoid

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There are lots of do’s and don’ts in the supply chain world and as a brand new member of the supply chain management team here at APQC, I thought that I would give a few examples of what NOT to do.

How Can Big Companies Keep Millennials From Leaving?

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The days of staying at a company until retirement is now a foreign concept to many people—most of all, millennials. We know that millennials are more likely than any previous generation to switch jobs and that six in 10 millennials are open to new job opportunities. This is a great cause of worry for many employers, given the high cost of turnover and training.

Heads up! Supply Chain Disruptors Coming Your Way

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There is a lot of disruption headed your way!  Big data. Robotics. Analytics. Drones. 3D Printing. Collaboration with a purpose. IoT. And the list grows daily.

This we know - the supply chain will change. But how is a harder question to answer.  However, two groups are working to better understand how it will change.

Port of Houston: Do You Know Its Value to Global Supply Chains?

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Many of us never consider where the items we purchase everyday come from and the journey those items make to get to us. Everyday shipments of everything from petroleum and consumer goods to steel and automobiles come through U.S. ports from all over the world. Shipping goods by sea tends to be significantly cheaper than flying cargo and there is more flexibility regarding shipping regulations for organizations.  More than ever before, organizations realize that sea freight is indispensable to the U.S. economy and ports connect American manufacturers to the global marketplace.

5 Biggest Benchmark Problems and How To Fix Them

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As you may have heard from us a few times, benchmarking is a top tool used by leadership teams to support decision making. So, to dig into that topic, APQC surveyed over 300 professionals—across functional boundaries—to understand their common benchmarking practices and the value derived from benchmarking. What we found is that benchmarking does indeed play a vital role in many organizations.