It’s the end of the calendar work and this commentary is our running news capsule of developments related to previous Supply Chain Matters posted commentaries or news developments.

In this capsule commentary, we include the following topics: APICS Finalizes Merger with Supply Chain Council (SCC); U.S. Manufacturing Growth Continues at a Scorching Pace; U.S. Regulators Approve Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV Merger But Additional Hurdles Remain; Resilinc Announces Release of Conflict Minerals Reporting Module

APICS Finalizes Merger with Supply Chain Council (SCC)

The merger of APICS and the Supply Chain Council  announced in April is now finalized. An APICS press release notes that the merger “was ratified by a near-unanimous majority of SCC voting members.APICS SCC is the new entity that reflects the combining of SCC and APICS Foundation research and development programs.

According to the announcement, APICS and APICS SCC will share more details about the benefits of the merger early next year.  The completion announcement does make note of broader training curriculum, capturing additional operational efficiencies in back-office support through the sharing of technology platforms.  The latest announcement does not include mention of prior SCC executives and staff.


U.S. Manufacturing Growth Continues at a Scorching Pace

U.S. manufacturing and supply chain activity in July was reported to have expanded for the 14th consecutive month and reached a new high. The ISM PMI index rose to 57.1 in July from the 55.3 recoded in July.  The new orders and employment indexes registered healthy gains, an indication of continued momentum as manufacturers move to the second-half of 2014. The New Orders index grew by 4.5 points while the Employment index grew a phenomenal 5.4 points from June. Industry growth was broad, with 17 of the 18 industries tracked reporting increased activity. An economist for Markit noted: “U.S. manufacturers are enjoying a summer of scorching growth.”


U.S. Regulators Approve Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV Merger- Additional Hurdles Remain

Also in April, two high profile ocean container shipping lines, German based Hapag-Lloyd and Chile based CSAV announced a merger deal. The combination of these two shipping lines is expected to create the fourth-largest global shipping company in terms of capacity.

This week, U.S. regulators gave the green light to the proposed merger. Chinese and European Commission regulators have yet to weigh in but business media is reporting that approval is expected.  That was the same expectation regarding approval of the proposed P3 Network involving the top three container lines, but China’s maritime regulators balked at approval.

Resilinc Announces Release of Conflict Minerals Reporting Module

Supply chain resiliency technology provider Resilinc announced a new release of the provider’s Conflict Minerals Module, designed to simplify compliance reporting, and align with the provider’s supply chain mapping software. The module is described as providing a network-based approach to enable suppliers to publish conformance information relative to the Dodd-Frank ACT utilizing a singular template. The module is offered at no-cost to the supplier, incorporates multi-language and time-zone report needs while supporting automated assessment tests to categorize incorrect responses and assist suppliers with accurate reporting.