What is Automation?

Joe Tillman's picture

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

Joe Tillman's picture

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

Ryan Sullivan's picture

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?

Alex Leake's picture

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

Joe Tillman's picture

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?

Andrea Stroud's picture

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

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

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.

APQC's New Voice of Supply Chain

Andrea Stroud's picture

APQC has a new supply chain management research principal lead, Joe Tillman, and I had the pleasure of recently speaking with him. In his new role, Joe will be the voice for supply chain research, benchmarking, and process improvement.

How to Prevent a Supply Chain Fire

Andrea Stroud's picture

Supply Chain Managers are often faced with several issues that they must deal with to ensure a healthy supply chain and minimize the number of fires that arise and the number that have to be put out. Yesterday, September 9th was Fire Prevention Day. In honor of this special day, I would like to discuss how organizations can go about preventing a supply chain fire. If an unexpected spark happens in your supply chain, are you prepared to prevent a fire from starting?

Amazon Prime’s Random Approach To Productivity

Carla O'Dell's picture

Amazon.  The Behemoth of Booksellers.  The Disruptor of Retail.   The Patron Saint of the US Postal Service (their Prime saved USPS’s bacon).

Amazon. The Paragon of Predictive Analytics.  The Role Model of Recommendation Systems.

Given Amazon’s obsession with data and analytics, I was blown away when I saw this video of how Amazon arranges their Prime Now warehouse.