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How to Build a Supply Chain Champion Following Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein’s 5R Strategy

Theo Epstein’s approach to building a championship baseball team highlights five principles of supply chain design that we call the 5Rs, the 5Rs have enabled companies from Amazon to Zara to win on the world’s toughest playing field - today’s global marketplace.

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The dual wholesale and retail sales model of global branded apparel company VF Corporation, magnifies the difficulty of successfully operating an omni-channel supply chain, but the company is meeting these challenges on multiple fronts with strategic initiatives ranging from inventory visibility to global talent management.

The global branded apparel company, VF Corporation, embraces the complexity created by customer demand for unique styles as a competitive differentiator and focuses on talent management initiatives to leverage that complexity and manage risk in its supply chain.

This case study focuses on talent management from the unique perspective of Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group (Kelly OCG), a subsidiary of the talent sourcing agency Kelly Services.

Theo Epstein’s approach to building a championship baseball team highlights five principles of supply chain design that we call the 5Rs, the 5Rs have enabled companies from Amazon to Zara to win on the world’s toughest playing field - today’s global marketplace.

As supply chain leaders, you have the power and potential to make a difference in your organizations.

In 2015, a small team of lean leaders at the Customer & Logistics Services-North America (CLS-NA) group of Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems wanted to develop a network of professionals focused on continuous improvement.

The supply chain team at Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT) experienced a period of rapid growth, and leaders knew a strategic talent development program was needed to drive success.

Just 15 months after its launch, the CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution) credential surpassed 1,000 certifications.

Competition to empower students to explore forward-thinking topics, covering end-to-end supply chain, logistics and operations management.

Just what is supply chain management today? It's moved from cost cutting to enabling the business.

This research paper from SCMR, APICS and APQC finds the next generation is focused, engaged, enthused and committed when it comes to working in supply chain management, indeed, supply chain represents a sought-after, dynamic and rewarding long-term career choice for professionals in their 20s and 30s.

Despite millennial stereotypes, a new report from APICS finds focus, purpose, and commitment are the hallmarks of this critical segment of the supply chain workforce.

With an estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs expected to go unfilled in the next decade, encouraging women to enter supply chain is one obvious solution to the widening skills gap.

Today is Manufacturing Day and this week's figures from the Institute for Supply Management showed American manufacturing expanded last month at the fastest pace in 13 years, in part because of effects from two major hurricanes.

This joint study from Deloitte, Manufacturing Institute, and APICS, is the result of more than 600 survey responses from women professionals in the manufacturing industry, along with more than 20 manufacturing executive interviews.