CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 09, 2016

Current Issue: Quarter 3 2016

Divesting an asset? How you can maximize its value and sale price

Strategy
Divesting an asset? How you can maximize its value and sale price

If your company is selling a product line, manufacturing plant, or business unit, there's a lot you can do to create value for the buyer and boost the sale price—if you get involved early in the process.

How to create a supply chain center of excellence that <i>works</i>
Technology

How to create a supply chain center of excellence that works

A center of excellence (CoE) staffed by analytics experts can drive supply chain improvements across your organization. Here are six recommendations for ensuring a successful CoE initiative.
Strategy

On the rise

Although still relatively new to their careers, the recipients of this year's CSCMP Emerging Leader Award are already making an impact on the supply chain profession.
The U.K. health-care supply chain: Moving toward a world-class operation
Procurement

The U.K. health-care supply chain: Moving toward a world-class operation

Supply chain management across the United Kingdom's health-care sector is evolving in response to a growing need for greater efficiency, lower costs, and enhanced patient safety. Better inventory management holds the key to achieving those objectives.
Envisioning SCM 4.0: The view from Japan
Manufacturing

Envisioning SCM 4.0: The view from Japan

New research reveals how Japanese manufacturing companies are designing supply chain strategies to support "Industry 4.0."
Procurement

"The Fierce Urgency of Now": Why working with minority suppliers still matters

Some corporations have been questioning the importance of minority-owned businesses to their commercial relationships and supply chains. Yet, the author explains in this essay, it's become increasingly clear that diversity and inclusion fuel growth for businesses as well as for the economy at large.
Columns
Procurement Priorities

An ethical supply chain doesn't just happen

An ethical lapse can harm not just a company's reputation but also its bottom line. Chief procurement officers need to make sure they have an ethics policy in place that is up-to-date and well communicated.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

What we can learn from the 2016 Supply Chains to Admire study

A data-intensive annual study conducted by Supply Chain Insights provides industry-specific supply chain benchmarks and identifies three practices that can enhance company value.
Perspective

Bridging the gap between theory and reality

A vibrant supply chain community depends on collaboration and connection between academics and practitioners.
Afterword

The "next big thing" may not be a thing

It's no longer simply about how well you manage change; it's also about the velocity with which you do it.
Direct Connection

Celebrating supply chain's greatest innovators

CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame recognizes creative thinkers who have been at the forefront of our discipline, and looks toward those who will continue to shape it in the future.
Forward Thinking

Switzerland boasts the world's most resilient supply chains

The alpine nation topped FM Global's annual Global Resilience Index, which ranks 130 countries and territories on their ability to bounce back from a supply chain disruption.

Heavy rain may bring more pain for the U.S. supply chain

A new report from FM Global says that some regions of the United States will see increased incidents of extreme rainfall and urges supply chain managers to prepare.

Why should you become involved in the humanitarian supply chain?

In addition to the satisfaction and pride of being a good citizen, companies that participate in relief efforts can improve their own supply chain resiliency and discover new commercial opportunities.

To thrive in the future, manufacturing will have to get "smarter"

To respond to demand more quickly, manufacturers will need to incorporate big data, advanced analytics, and other technologies into their operations, according to a white paper from UPS.

Drones in the supply chain: more than just last-mile delivery

Amazon and Google's efforts to use drones to deliver small packages may get all the press, but the case for using drones is actually stronger further upstream in the supply chain, says one expert.

Big data, analytics gaining traction, annual shipper-3PL survey concludes

The vast majority of survey respondents say the new discipline will have a significant impact on their supply chain.

At Intel, supply chain makes sure it's "in the room where it happens"

Two new programs at Intel are getting supply chain experts directly involved in revenue-generating activities such as designing new products and meeting with customers.
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Perspective
Don't overlook demographics
Changes in population can have a profound impact not only on long-term supply chain strategy but also on day-to-day operations.

Procurement Priorities
Going through a merger? Procurement plays an important role
While new technologies have served to improve indirect procurement, direct materials procurement remains tied to MRP and ERP systems. This needs to change.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Direct material procurement woes and how to fix them
While new technologies have served to improve indirect procurement, direct materials procurement remains tied to MRP and ERP systems. This needs to change.

Research for the Real World
How supply chains can support the shopper experience
This new department challenges the authors of selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) articles to explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Air cargo IT improvements translate into increased trade activity, study finds
IATA-commissioned report seen as first to quantify link between better IT connectivity, trade growth.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Shoppers have rising standards for e-commerce delivery
One-third of consumers will abandon a retailer for shipping a single wrong item.

Forward Thinking
Industrial property market to continue multiyear roll in '17, JLL forecasts
Low interest rates, e-commerce demand to fuel growth, firm says.

Forward Thinking
Panel: Key to Internet of Things is handling data overload
Zebra expands tools for analyzing flood of sensor data.

Forward Thinking
Demand rises for logistics and industrial space in the Americas
Vacancy rates have dropped in the United States and Mexico, while availability has increased in Brazil and parts of Canada.

Forward Thinking
A practical guide to vendor compliance
A new book by Norman Katz provides concrete advice for creating or improving your supply chain vendor compliance program.

Forward Thinking
Best-in-class retailers have greater supply chain visibility than peers
A survey by Aberdeen Group shows leading retailers not only possess better visibility of their in-transit shipments but also have a clearer view of supplier quality and manufacturing processes than their competitors.

Forward Thinking
Early holiday shoppers have highest expectations for order fulfillment
Early holiday shoppers have higher expectations for swift delivery than their more leisurely neighbors, a survey shows.

Forward Thinking
SCM World announces its award finalists
The consulting and analyst group created the awards to recognize supply chains that generated improvements for both their organizations and the larger world.

Forward Thinking
Three ways to combat the risk of forced labor in supply chains
Research shows that forced labor touches every supply chain. But there are some practical steps you can take to reduce the chances of it infiltrating yours.

CSCMP Notebook
MercuryGate renews conference partnership with CSCMP
Cloud-based transportation system provider will serve as the premier sponsor of CSCMP's 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.

CSCMP's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources
CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

CSCMP Educators Conference fosters collaboration between academia and business world
Opening remarks highlight how the conference has evolved to integrate more members of the supply chain community.

Annual conference stresses power of collaboration in mastering disruption
Opening session speakers challenge attendees to work together to solve some of society's "hardest problems."

Caplice receives Distinguished Service Award
The executive director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation and Logistics was recognized for his work in both academia and private industry.

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