CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 16, 2018

Current Issue: Quarter 2 2018

Four keys for unlocking leadership potential

Strategy
Four keys for unlocking leadership potential

Supply chain managers are often called upon to lead major change initiatives. But are we doing a good job teaching them the skills they need? Here are four techniques that could help.

Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Technology

Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain

Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.
A look into the future: The self-learning supply chain
Technology

A look into the future: The self-learning supply chain

When "deep learning" AI is incorporated into supply chain systems, they will be able to analyze past supply chain failures in order to prevent new ones.
The digital supply network and the future of work
Technology

The digital supply network and the future of work

As companies adopt more digital technologies, such as collaborative robots, artificial intelligence, and analytics, the way their supply chains function will radically change. So too will the nature of work itself.
A blueprint for successful supply chain innovation
Strategy

A blueprint for successful supply chain innovation

How can you foster innovation within the supply chain? The four principles put forth in this article can provide a foundation for implementing new ideas in a way that is successful and can be replicated across the business.
Strategy

A pragmatist's take on sustainability

It can be hard to find a nuanced discussion of corporate sustainability. But Yossi Sheffi's new book aims to provide just that, offering a clear-eyed take on the challenges and benefits of going green.
A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital
Procurement

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.
Columns
Perspective

Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again

How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?
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.
Afterword

Commentary: Rubber sole

Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.
Monetary Matters

E-commerce in a connected world

While B2B e-commerce holds the lion's share of total e-commerce sales, the B2C market is vying to catch up.
Direct Connection

The evolution of CSCMP

CSCMP continues to offer fresh initiatives for its members such as a partnership with NASSTRC and Supply Chain Professional Appreciation Day.
Research for the Real World

Making the most out of flash sales

E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking

Grand Theft Warehousing?

The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

The green gap

Companies that take a systematic approach to supply chain sustainability are more likely to reap the benefits of their efforts than companies with a narrower focus, two research reports say.

Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds

New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study

In spite of growing complexity, more than half of companies are still using pen and paper to manage e-commerce deliveries.

The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"

New MHI industry report identifies the five key technologies necessary for the next generation of supply chain management and the three biggest barriers standing in the way.

Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says

Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds.

Report: retailers plan to boost 2018 spending on omnichannel fulfillment, technology

Auburn study finds retailers face challenges in disruptive technology, efficient urban fulfillment, sustainability, and the role of LSPs.

A game of Supply Chain Risk

Mars Inc. has found that games are an effective way to teach supply chain risk management and resiliency.

The "Amazonification" of the health care supply chain

As Amazon.com Inc. expands its reach into the B2B market, one of the biggest opportunities it sees is the health care supply chain.

Unilever captures top spot in Gartner "top 25" ranking for third straight year

Anglo-Dutch giant gets top supply chain marks from peers, perfect corporate social responsibility score; Home Depot rejoins list; McDonalds named to elite 'Masters' class.
Latest Video

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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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
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking
Survey: logistics and transportation providers optimistic about fourth quarter economics
Revenue and profitability expected to rise, but concerns linger about workforce shortages, regulatory issues, and trade tariffs, TCompanies finds.

Forward Thinking
Curse of the Internet: E-commerce creates new challenges for customs
Agencies are struggling to process a surging tide of time-sensitive e-commerce shipments while keeping tabs on security and regulatory compliance.

Forward Thinking
Uber poised to double investment in freight unit after making it independent
Otto founder returns to run new standalone business. Move underscores Uber CEO's bullishness on model, company says.

Forward Thinking
Maersk and IBM say 94 groups have signed on to blockchain platform
Partners say "TradeLens" will help users share information among shippers, carriers, and other supply chain partners.

Forward Thinking
Auto-id industry association to study blockchain potential
AIM forms blockchain council to look at opportunities to use blockchain applications with technologies such as the Internet of Things and RFID.

Forward Thinking
MOL plots course for autonomous ships
Research looks at ways to improve fleet navigation and safety.

Forward Thinking
From supply chain to corner office: Beth Ford starts as Land O'Lakes CEO
Ford started at Land O'Lakes in 2012 as its chief supply chain officer.

Forward Thinking
Uber shelves autonomous truck program to focus on driverless cars
No current need to invest in autonomous truck technology, company says.

Forward Thinking
Millennials: No difference in trust, value between parcel delivery firms
Survey of age group finds that trusting a provider not to lose a package is key factor in carrier selection.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: A suggestion for congestion
Congestion wastes time, fuel, and productivity. There must be a better way to manage our infrastructure.

CSCMP Notebook
Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

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