The Rebranding of APICS- What is This All About?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a perspective commentary regarding this week’s announcement of the rebranding of the APICS professional education organization to the Association for Supply Management (ASCM).

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The Association for Supply Management (ASCM) Announced at the 2018 APICS Conference

At its 2018 Annual Conference APICS 2018 being held in Chicago, the increasingly supply chain management focused educational organization announced the introductory launch of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), essentially a corporate rebranding of APICS.

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Oracle’s Upcoming OpenWorld- A Check-In on Autonomous Transaction Processing

In mid-October, Oracle will be conducting its annual OpenWorld customer conference, and one sure topic to be premiered will be Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing. Supply chain focused IT support teams, and indeed, supply chain functional teams should stay abreast of this technology.

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Walmart’s Blockchain Technology Mandate- Have Prior Mandates Provided Industry Learning

Walmart has declared yet another supply network technology mandate and the open question is whether prior learning, technology maturity and needs for industry buy-in have provided necessary learning. In this industry analyst editorial commentary, Supply Chain Matters explores the purpose, actions, industry governance and technology considerations that involve such mandates.

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An Industry Example of Sudden Supply Chain Disruption and Risk

In these times, dynamic and unplanned changes in either product demand or supply dimensions can impact just about any industry supply network. One evolving example involves agriculture and food supply chains, specifically the U.S. pork industry. The U.S. based pork industry is currently experiencing a lot of dramatic disruptive change on both product demand and supply dimensions.

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Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- September 20, 2018

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our September 20 update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global and industry supply chains.

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Jack Ma’s Departure from Alibaba- What Does it Mean?

The long-term race of major online retail platform providers positioning for global dominance made a potentially subtle turn last week. Jack Ma, the founder of China-based online services and E-Commerce provider Alibaba announced his pending departure. Supply Chain Matters explores what the announcement could imply going forward.

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The Darker Sides of Amazon’s Work Culture Becoming More Visible

These past weeks, there have been a lot of not so flattering news concerning Amazon and its work-related management practices. As a supply chain management focused blog, we are compelled to highlight the concerning as well as any positive trends.

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