Afternoon Coffee: Wal-Mart Tightens Supplier Requirements, APICS Updates CPIM Program

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Being a Wal-Mart supplier just got even tougher. The latest developments from the retailing behemoth, Supply Chain Brain wrote this week, include tightening shipping windows to two days from four and raising its delivery compliance requirement for North American suppliers to 95% from 90%. The changes take effect in February 2017.

APICS announced Monday it has reconfigured its Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program to better suit the needs of practitioners. The new configuration streamlines the preparation and exam process to help supply chain professionals master the essential production and inventory terminology, concepts and strategies in an even more effective and efficient manner, according to a press release.

The shareholders of SABMiller overwhelmingly approved Wednesday morning the brewer’s takeover of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Reuters reported. The $100 billion-plus deal will create a company that sells more than a quarter of all beers sold worldwide.

And finally, the Associated Press said U.S. durable goods orders fell slightly in August, led by a modest slip in aircraft orders. Weakening global demand and the strong U.S. dollar have weighed on manufacturers this year.

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