CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 29, 2014

Current Issue: Quarter 3 2014

Is Amazon a 3PL?

Strategy
Is Amazon a 3PL?

As Amazon expands into logistics services, the giant retailer is taking on more of the characteristics of a third-party logistics (3PL) company. How might that shape the industry's competitive landscape?

Three things you should know about big data and analytics
Technology

Three things you should know about big data and analytics

The terms "big data" and "analytics" are widely used but often are not clearly defined. The explanations presented here will help managers understand what these concepts really mean and how they can use them to improve their supply chains.
The big question: Can you do more with less?
Logistics

The big question: Can you do more with less?

BRG Sports wondered whether reducing its number of distribution centers would let it cut costs but still improve customer service. The company conducted a software analysis to find out.
The Supply Chain Index: A new way to measure value
Finance

The Supply Chain Index: A new way to measure value

Supply chain executives need a more relevant set of metrics in order to better measure performance improvement. That's why the Supply Chain Index was created.
How supply chain management can help to control health-care costs
Logistics

How supply chain management can help to control health-care costs

Faced with unrelenting pressure to rein in costs, medical-device manufacturers should look to their supply chains for savings.
Winning strategies for emerging markets in Asia
Strategy

Winning strategies for emerging markets in Asia

Growing economies, complex business environments, and a diverse consumer base make supply chain management a challenge in Asia's emerging markets. Here are five strategies that can help.
Columns
Perspective

A farewell, with thanks

I'm proud of what we have accomplished. But the time has to come to embark on a new journey.
Afterword

Get ready for the next revolution

Supply chain management is on the brink of a period of upheaval driven by such technological advances as 3-D printing, ubiquitous connectivity, and driverless vehicles.
Direct Connection

The power of community

Your membership in CSCMP makes you part of a global supply chain management community and opens the door to new professional connections.
Career Ladder

Leadership is a mindset

You don't become a leader just by being appointed to a specific position. It requires skill, a willingness to listen, and traits like honesty, empathy, and tact.
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Perspective
What it really takes to start a revolution
You don't have to be a technological genius to be an innovator, says tech entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki. You just have to think different.
Forward Thinking
Gooley named editor of CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Veteran business journalist will lead supply chain journal's editorial content and operations

Forward Thinking
Third-party logistics CEOs report improvements in growth, profitability
Respondents to the 21st Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Provider CEOs appear confident about their current and future prospects.

Forward Thinking
Strong supply chain necessary for success in emerging markets
Accenture survey finds that leading companies are more likely to invest in and alter their supply chains to meet the needs of a specific market.

Forward Thinking
Talent shortage permeates logistics and supply chain organizations, annual survey concludes
Talent shortage permeates logistics and supply chain organizations, annual survey concludes
Nearly half of the participants in the 19th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study said they were having trouble finding and retaining qualified employees.

Forward Thinking
Global trade and container flow index: Still fixing leaks in the global economy
World trade is growing—but only slightly.

Forward Thinking
ALAN appoints Fulton as executive director
The American Logistics Aid Network has named its interim executive director to a permanent post; Joel Anderson and Felicia Alexander also join the group in volunteer positions.

Forward Thinking
New book shows how to build a supply chain roadmap
A book by Supply Chain Quarterly contributor Hernán David Pérez expands on his popular article, "Supply chain strategies: Which one hits the mark?"

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Chain Reactions
Chain Reactions
Letters and comments from our readers

Dialogue: A conversation with an industry leader
Rising stars
The 2014 recipients of CSCMP's Emerging Leader Award, Susan Conley and Mengxiao (Michelle) Zhang, are destined to make a mark in the supply chain profession.