CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 27, 2017

Current Issue: Quarter 1 2017

From dreams to reality: How to turn innovative ideas into real-world applications

Strategy
From dreams to reality: How to turn innovative ideas into real-world applications

Supply chain innovation is not just a matter of coming up with great ideas; you also have to convert them to sustainable, practical applications. Following a disciplined process such as the one outlined in this article will result in less wasted effort and more frequent success.

Using supply chain-enabled PLCM to boost margin growth
Manufacturing

Using supply chain-enabled PLCM to boost margin growth

In a world where frequent product innovation is a must, a platform life-cycle management strategy can help companies tame complexity while improving profitability.
Strategy

C-suite crusader

Ann Drake is on a mission: to help qualified women—in supply chain management and beyond—move into the top ranks of business leadership.
Supply chain evolution in a crisis: Case studies from Russia
Logistics

Supply chain evolution in a crisis: Case studies from Russia

Its size and relative wealth make Russia an important market. But the long distances and limited infrastructure that create significant supply chain challenges have been compounded in recent years by economic upheaval. The crisis has scared off some international players. Others see it as an opportunity.
Disruptive technologies: Should you give them the green light?
Technology

Disruptive technologies: Should you give them the green light?

Disruptive technologies have the power to upend supply chains, adding uncertainty, cost, and complexity. They also can create competitive advantage—but only if organizations strategically build them into their supply chains.
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Perspective

Time for some scenario planning?

Be prepared: Policy changes that come about as a result of the president-elect's simplistic view of international trade could impact your supply chain costs with little warning.
Procurement Priorities

Procurement: It's time to automate!

Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Carter's: A story of supply chain leadership

The children's apparel company Carter's has made significant improvements to its supply chain by leveraging scale while managing complexity.
Afterword

The year of living disruptively

2017 is shaping up to be a tipping point when it comes to disruptive technologies. And not in the way you're probably thinking.
Direct Connection

The supply chain's voice in government

CSCMP is actively involved in several supply chain-focused initiatives sponsored by the U.S. government.
Research for the Real World

The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking

Going direct: Manufacturers set their sights on direct-to-consumer delivery

IDC Manufacturing Insights expects that by 2020, half of all manufacturers will be capable of handling deliveries to consumers.

Attention, supply chain professionals: The world's problems cannot be solved without your help

Supply chain organizations should work with governments and nonprofit groups to feed the world, heal the sick, save the planet, and make money too, says a new report from the research group SCM World and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

New index polls logistics managers to gauge U.S. economy's direction

Logistics Manager's Index seeks respondents for monthly poll measuring transportation, warehousing, and inventory activity.

Forget customer service; controlling omnichannel costs is retailers' new top priority

The pressing need to handle omnichannel fulfillment profitably is reshaping retailers' supply chain strategies, according to preliminary results of the 2017 "State of the Retail Supply Chain" study.
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Separation without the anxiety
When companies divest or acquire a business, it has all kinds of implications for supply chain professionals. Our special three-part series provides an idea of what may be expected of you.

Procurement Priorities
The window is open for real gains in supplier diversity
Diverse suppliers often have innovative ideas that make them stand out from the crowd. Procurement must use its influence and seek them out.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Carter's: A story of supply chain leadership
The children's apparel company Carter's has made significant improvements to its supply chain by leveraging scale while managing complexity.

Research for the Real World
The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Lack of internal resources and talent may hinder procurement's digital transformation
A survey by The Hackett Group suggests that procurement organizations are moving forward with major technology implementations without having the needed skills and internal resources.

Forward Thinking
Digital logistics market set for 8.1 percent compound annual growth through 2022
Advanced technologies and communication tools improve supply chain efficiency, a new report says.

Forward Thinking
Study: warehousing services market to grow at 6 percent CAGR
Warehousing service providers are planning for growth by deploying technology, alliances, and bundled services.

Forward Thinking
Small and mid-sized manufacturers are behind on supply chain management, according to Grant Thornton
A recent survey finds that more than a third of respondents have only informal supply chain processes.

Forward Thinking
HighJump names four supply chain trends for 2017
Digital transformation strategies should include consumer-grade user interfaces, data analytics, unified commerce, and automated computing. says the software company.

Forward Thinking
How Hilti helps logistics professionals gain more visibility
The European construction-products company has created an award-winning career development plan that enables its logistics employees to play a more entrepreneurial role and demonstrate the value they add companywide.

Forward Thinking
Survey: retailers drive demand for Internet of Things
Zebra study shows retailers seek technologies to let them fulfill online orders from store shelves.

Forward Thinking
Manufacturing jobs may indeed be coming "home," but who will do them?
A new AlixPartners report says that while more manufacturers are considering "nearshoring," they are also stymied by a shortage of skilled labor. Robots may well offer a solution.

Forward Thinking
Warehousing and logistics robot shipments climb fast
A study forecasts the market will reach 620,000 units annually by 2021, up from 40,000 in 2016.

Forward Thinking
Retailers turn to technology, policy changes to help contain omnichannel fulfillment costs
As the cost of fulfilling online orders rises, retailers are rethinking service guarantees, delivery charges, and technology investments, according to a survey of retail executives from JDA Software and PwC.

CSCMP Notebook
Tackling the challenge of last-mile delivery
In the latest CSCMP Hot Topics publication, A.T. Kearney analysts predict how companies will respond to the increasing demands and costs associated with e-commerce logistics.

Nominate a promising supply chain star for the CSCMP Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award
Nominations are due May 15.

CSCMP renames its annual conference "CSCMP EDGE"
The rebranded annual conference will provide attendees with an edge on the latest supply chain thinking and research.

CSCMP roundtables head into spring with a host of new events
With more than 80 local chapters or roundtables, the supply chain organization has events occurring nearly every week.

European Supply Chain Leadership Forum focuses on enhancing the customer experience
This annual event, hosted by CSCMP's Spain Rountable, will feature presentations from leading supply chain practitioners and experts.

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