Skip To The Main Content
Main Navigation Toggle


  • A Wealth of Data Possibilities

    • Dave Turbide

    The industrial internet of things (IIOT) is on the minds of many supply chain management professionals. The potential benefits are just too good to ignore, and companies large and small are feeling a true sense of urgency as competition and consumers continue to demand heightened efficiency and responsiveness from supply chains.......Read More

  • So Many “Things” to Contemplate

    • Ron Crabtree

    Although the internet of things (IOT) is new to the lexicon of many business professionals, using the internet to provide real-time information about a “thing” actually has been happening for a long time. For years, IOT capabilities have led to heightened efficiency, accuracy and economic benefits; enabled users to be more agile and responsive; and produced related competitive advantages. The barrier to entry continues to decrease every year, and businesses are taking notice. In fact, experts estimate that the IOT will incorporate about 30 billion objects by 2020. ......Read More

  • What Is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development?

    • Charles Thomas

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a forum where the governments of 34 democracies with market economies work together, as well as with more than 70 nonmember economies, in order to promote economic growth, prosperity and sustainable development. The member countries account for 63 percent of world GDP, three-quarters of all trade and 18 percent of global population.......Read More

  • Know Who You Are Doing Business With

    • Charles Thomas

    Transparency in global supply chains is vital. Without it, it’s impossible to anticipate and manage supplier risk, minimize supply chain disruptions, prevent litigation, and protect your brand. Unfortunately, for years now, global supply chains have been a bit of a murky business. As the impact of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ripples across the globe — alongside increasing antibribery and corruption regulation and enforcement in many Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries — the pressure for supply chains to be transparent continues to mount.......Read More

  • Reinventing the Production Scheduling Wheel

    • Jaci Souza
    • Alan H. Nall
    • Peter L. King
    September/October 2017

    For supply chains to be fully effective, manufacturing links must be stable, predictable, agile and responsive. One way to accomplish these goals is with product wheels. These scheduling tools organize the variety of products made on any asset in order to optimize campaign lengths and sequences and therefore improve throughput and customer fill rate while reducing cost and inventory.......Read More

  • Impacts of the Panama Canal Expansion on Global Supply Chains

    • Richard E. Crandall
    January/February 2017

    The Panama Canal opened in 1914 after decades of deadly struggle between humans and nature. The French first attempted to build it but gave up after eight years of torrential rains, mudslides, engineering mistakes, and mosquitoes carrying yellow fever. Americans then took over the project—first getting rid of the mosquitoes and next using state-of-the-art engineering and earth-moving equipment to finish the job. The fact that the canal operated for a century without major modification is a testament to the skill and foresight of its creators (McCullough 1978).......Read More

  • Flying Blind?

    IIOT provides supply chain guidance
    • Dave Turbide
    September/October 2016

    As I drove by my local airport the other day, a blanket of early morning fog obscured the buildings and runways from my view. Although I couldn’t see them, I could clearly hear that airport operations were underway. Jets were taxiing, taking off, and landing despite the low visibility. I am not a pilot, but I tried to imagine what it would be like flying a plane in low-visibility conditions. What a leap of faith it would require to take off and fly at hundreds of miles per hour without being able to see what’s ahead. Of course, modern planes are equipped with radar, GPS, and other sensor technologies that let the pilot perceive what the eyes cannot, even in clear weather.......Read More

  • Following the Bread Crumbs

    Traceability is key to successful recalls
    • Dave Turbide
    March/April 2016

    ​No company wants to have its products recalled. However, if a recall is necessary, the priority is to minimize the ramifications and complete it as quickly and efficiently as possible. Certain industries—such as consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and automotive, among others—are well acquainted with the need to properly accomplish recalls. However, many other industries also are at risk, and they might not even know it.......Read More

  • RFID at Work

    Improve shop floor visibility with connected business and plant systems
    • Hesham El Deeb
    • Salwa Nassar
    • Adel Ghannam
    September/October 2015

    Pinpointing the location of products and components throughout a facility in real time is crucial for shop floor managers and their employees. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and effective enterprise resources planning (ERP) can significantly improve production control by making it possible to easily read valuable information stored on item tags.......Read More

  • Clear Systems for Asset Management

    The advantages of a visible supply chain
    • Gary A. Smith
    March/April 2015

    In the late 1960s, a toy appeared in the US market called The Visible Man. It was the model of a human with a clear shell that allowed you to observe the inner workings of the human body and the interrelationships of the skeleton, organs, and circulatory system. I remember being fascinated with how the systems of the body interacted to create a unique individual. ......Read More

  • All Geared Up

    Will your business benefit from the many uses of vertical integration?
    • Ron Emery
    September/October 2014

    In order to simplify their supply chains and reduce risk, many organizations are choosing the path of vertical integration. However, the trade-offs sometimes are substantial.......Read More

  • Boost Your Knowledge Transfer

    Managing the silo effect in your company and supply chain
    • Christopher Jablonski
    May/June 2013

    Ray Reagans, PhD, talks about how the silo effect relates to knowledge sharing and exploring the development, types, and components of business networks and how they facilitate communication. ......Read More

  • Enabling Employees to Achieve Speed and Agility

    What trusting your people really means
    • Philip E. Quigley
    March/April 2012

    How committed is your organization to speed and flexibility? Being fast and agile means listening, trusting, and enabling meaningful action. It takes a self-confident leader to really make it work—but it's well worth it. ......Read More

  • Suspicious Beginnings

    What causes mistrust in your supply chain?
    • Ron Crabtree
    May/June 2011

    In today’s constantly shifting business landscape, there exists a crisis of confidence—and trust. The number one reason trust doesn’t exist between you and your employees, customers, and partners is that you lack the motivation to build it. ......Read More

  • Visibility and Value

    Kaizen events for continuous improvement
    • Christopher Jablonski
    September/October 2011

    Kaizen is a Japanese term referring to continuous improvement that centers around the elimination of waste in production. Carolyn Sly and Mary Ann Mauldwin spoke with APICS about how kaizen events can create lasting improvements in organizations. ......Read More