CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 23, 2018

Current Issue: Quarter 4 2017

Managing supply chains in China: Four steps to success

Global
Managing supply chains in China: Four steps to success

Get these four key actions right and your chances of supply chain success in China will be greatly enhanced.

From zero visibility to
Global

From zero visibility to "night vision" at Shamir Optical

A merger and subsequent expansion prompted the prescription lens maker to rethink how it was managing inventory. New technology provided companywide visibility for the first time, leading to a 25 percent cut in inventory without compromising service levels.
To predict the future of blockchain, look to the past
Technology

To predict the future of blockchain, look to the past

Reviewing how supply chain technologies were adopted in the past reveals patterns that suggest how blockchain could take root in supply chain management today.
Strategy

The power of saying "yes"

Taking advantage of opportunities to learn something new, even if it leads you into unfamiliar territory, can open up even more opportunities in the future, says Dr. Nancy Nix. Her own career attests to that.
On the same page
Strategy

On the same page

When Coca-Cola Parts and its 3PL couldn't agree on how to define "best-in-class" performance, they turned to a warehouse benchmarking study for guidance. The research helped them set goals that not only led to improvements in warehouse operations but also align with Coca-Cola's corporate strategy.
Planning for the unexpected: How
Procurement

Planning for the unexpected: How "what-if" costing reduces global risk

Cost simulation can help retailers and others that source internationally to reduce unpredictability in their landed costs.
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Perspective

Convergence and the future of material handling

The blurring of lines between providers of equipment, software, and other technologies will profoundly change the material handling world—and yours, too.
Research for the Real World

When suppliers and their customers don't see eye to eye

New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!

To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.
Direct Connection

Funding the future

Member support strengthens CSCMP's ability to connect, develop, and educate the world's logistics and supply chain management professionals.
Afterword

The "last mile" isn't really a mile ... yet

Right now, e-commerce's "last mile" is somewhere between six and nine miles, according to a new study. One expert believes it will continue to shrink.
Monetary Matters

Power to the consumers

Two major trends are changing the face of the U.S. supply chain: e-commerce retail sales, and lower prices of consumer goods.
Forward Thinking

Supply chain's continuing image problem

A new DHL survey finds that changing job requirements and a lack of respect for the supply chain discipline are hampering companies' ability to recruit and retain supply chain talent.

McKinsey report on container shipping in 2067 predicts autonomous 50K TEU vessels

An autonomous transport chain will manage end-to-end ocean shipping flows, the report's authors forecast.

Brexit is already disrupting European supply chains, says U.K. procurement organization

A survey of U.K. and European supply chain managers found that many are re-examining their relationships with suppliers.

E-commerce DC of the future to be hybrid of automation, labor, expert says

100 percent automation will never happen, according to Joe Dunlap of real estate and logistics services firm CBRE.

How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event

The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84

Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.
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TIA sees no limit to 3PL sector growth
Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), joins us from CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference in Atlanta to discuss the state of the industry, and specifically the role of 3PLs in the market.

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Perspective
Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye to eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Wanted: A viable all-water route from Asia to the U.S. Midwest
Despite its potential benefits and easy access to a large consumer market, container shipping on the Mississippi River has not taken off. Entities that stand to benefit the most need to band together, and strong leadership will be required to make it happen.

Forward Thinking
Big Data Analytics—How does your supply chain stack up?
Don't miss your chance to take part in the second annual supply chain big data analytics global survey.

Forward Thinking
Walmart modifies OTIF requirements, tests plan to automate delivery appointments
Retailer changes "on-time, in-full" compliance dates, delivery thresholds.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to grow 4.9 percent in first half of 2018, NRF-Hackett report says
2017 imports finish 7.6 percent above previous year, but growth is expected to moderate in 2018.

Forward Thinking
Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group
Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Forward Thinking
Five ways consumer packaged goods companies can respond to seismic changes in the supply chain
To respond to growth in e-commerce sales and increasing channel fragmentation, CPG companies must increase efficiencies and collaboration while also exploring new technologies, a new report recommends.

Forward Thinking
BNSF joins blockchain group
First railroad to join Blockchain in Transport Alliance.

Forward Thinking
The biggest company you may not know all that much about
China's JD.com has a larger fulfillment footprint than Amazon, a broader delivery network than UPS, and it's forcing Alibaba to re-think its model. It may be coming your way—but not yet.

CSCMP Notebook
Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

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