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How any U.S. Company Can Survive a Trade War with China

July 8, 2019 With all that is going on with China in terms of trade wars, currencies, natural resources and more, it begs the question of what we should be thinking about doing business with China. Is it prudent? Thanks to APICS Inland Empire and international business attorney and expert, John [...]

Pepsi’s Innovations with Artificial Intelligence

April 9, 2019 Artificial intelligence appears to be taking over the world. I read a fascinating article in Forbes about Pepsi's innovations using artificial intelligence, and it is quite clear that those executives who are thinking about how to lead this effort will leave the rest in the dust.  For [...]

The Talent Transformation: People or Robots?

No matter the industry and geography, the topic of "People vs. Robots" is a hot topic! Certainly, manufacturing has been focused on technology and automation for quite some time to navigate the path to thrive in the modern environment of high costs, regulations, and elevated customer demands. The Manufacturing [...]

Students & the Future of the Profession

February 20, 2019 In the last few weeks, our APICS Inland Empire students have been on fire! As the president of APICS Inland Empire and Chair of the MCIE (Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire) Innovation Awards, I am absolutely thrilled to announce:  Harvey Mudd won MCIE's (Manufacturing Council [...]

Trump Signs Order Prioritizing AI Research

February 12, 2019 According to the White House, Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Government to prioritize artificial intelligence in its research and development spending. The focus is on ensuring AI develops in sync with U.S. values and that training for the future workforce is prioritized. This [...]

Manufacturing Adds the Most Jobs in the Year

January 6, 2019 According to Industry Week, manufacturing employment increased almost 300,000 over the last year! This is after increasing around 200,000 the year prior which is more than a 40% increase. This is much more significant than the numbers alone convey because, according to the National Association of [...]

Giving Thanks & Why It Matters

November 19, 2018 Since it is Thanksgiving week, it seems only appropriate to talk about giving thanks.   A BIG THANKS to these people/ groups who have been instrumental in our success - and making it an enjoyable journey along the way: Our clients - as much as our clients [...]

Supply Chain Resiliency: Video Interview on Global Competitiveness

To kick off our supply chain resiliency value series, we are excited to share an interview with Mirna Elnar, CEO Acura Spa Systems Inc. Thanks to Mirna for sharing her expertise on our APICS Inland Empire Executive Panel & Networking Symposium panel! Mirna is responding to a question related [...]

My 5-City Cross-Country Trip & the Value of Collecting Good People

October 10, 2018 When I was young, I had a doll collection of the nationalities of my family.  I no longer collect dolls, cats or mystery novels but I have upgraded to collecting "good people".  Luckily, I have always appreciated "good people", and I've stayed in touch.  Over [...]

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