4 Ways to Know If Your Supply Chain Manufacturing Operation is Succeeding

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Due to widespread outsourcing of production activities, tremendous pressure has been put on manufacturing managers to be cost competitive and offer unique customer value. This pressure has intensified the need to produce quality products that are delivered on time, at a competitive price, and with excellent customer service. To accomplish this, manufacturing leaders must establish production schedules, optimum work flows, effective maintenance procedures, and continuous improvement programs that will keep the organization moving forward. 

Top 5 Supply Chain Heartbreaks

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Supply chain professionals face obstacles on a daily basis. Some of these obstacles are just part of providing value to the enterprise while balancing relationships with suppliers. Other obstacles are much more painful because, with the right effort, they can be overcome.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, APQC has pulled together the top five heartbreaks in supply chain management.

Supply Chain Innovation Starts With Rejecting The Status Quo and Risk Aversion

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APQC recently spoke with Dr. Morgan Swink, Executive Director of the Supply and Value Chain Center at Texas Christian University (TCU), about his research on supply chain innovation and his work with CSCMP’s Supply Chain Innovation Award.

Why Is Indirect Procure-to-Pay Such a Struggle?

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APQC is currently conducting a study that focuses on indirect procurement. This research will provide insight into what benefits can be obtained by modernizing aspects of the procure-to-pay process and explore cross-functional collaboration and alignment between accounts payable and procurement. Through this study, we will determine:

UPS Uses Big Data ORION Project to Transform Delivery through Better Navigation

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Last month, Ryan Mervyn, former ORION project manager and current engineering coordinator at United Parcel Services (UPS), and Peter Frohling, current ORION manager, presented on an APQC webinar. Mervyn and Frohling provide a general overview of UPS' ORION program, the results and significance seen from ORION, and the advanced analytics used.

4 Things Smart Leaders Are Doing to Grow STEM Expertise in Logistics (Infographic)

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There are many emerging and continuing trends around talent management that are impacting the transportation and logistics sector. Due to a retiring workforce there is a need to place qualified talent into the increasing number of jobs becoming available in the logistics and transportation industries. 

Do Supply Chains Adapt Fast Enough to Changes in Market Conditions?

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The complex nature of doing business in a global market can be a challenge for organizations’ supply chains. Supply chain experts have encouraged organizations to become adaptable so that they can maintain an advantage over competitors, and many companies have responded by stepping up their efforts. Organizations are turning more toward data visibility, data analysis, and collaboration to enable them to better anticipate market changes.

Conquering Procurement Begins With Cost Effectiveness

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Tuesday, August 5, APQC will be hosting a webinar to discuss the results of its research on how top performers in procurement compare to other organizations. APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking in procurement data was used to identify procurement top performers as organizations with high performance in four core areas:

Ford Motor Company Drives Environmental Performance through Standardization

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Last month, APQC hosted a webinar with Lawrence Merritt, Jr., Manager of Global Environmental Policy at Ford Motor Company’s Environmental Quality Office. Merritt discussed Ford’s implementation of its environmental operating system (EOS). Ford has established a robust manufacturing environmental strategy with well-defined targets for environmental metrics such as water use and waste sent to landfills. Ford's EOS enables it to translate these targets into concrete, actionable items in its manufacturing plans.

How Conflict Minerals Reporting Can Improve Customer Trust

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The deadline for filing your company’s Specialized Disclosure Report (or Form SD) and Conflict Minerals Report is looming (effectively June 2nd). The theory behind exposing human rights violations in corporate supply chains is important, but the mix of social consciousness and SEC filings is a new kind of animal for finance and compliance leadership.