CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 27, 2016

Current Issue: Quarter 2 2016

How retailers are getting ready for an omnichannel world

Strategy
How retailers are getting ready for an omnichannel world

Traditional retailers are focusing on four priorities—two strategic, two tactical—to help them survive and thrive in an industry that is experiencing long-term disruption.

Strategy

Not your typical "tree hugger"

Instead of seeing businesses as foes of the environment, Jason Mathers of the Environmental Defense Fund believes that they—and their supply chain organizations—are natural allies in the fight against climate change.
26 ways to get sales on board with demand planning
Strategy

26 ways to get sales on board with demand planning

Sales organizations play a critical role in demand planning, yet they often resist full participation in that process. Here's why that happens, along with more than two dozen ideas for helping sales teams be more engaged.
A simple framework for managing projects
Strategy

A simple framework for managing projects

Too many supply chain initiatives fail to achieve the desired outcomes because they lack a structured project methodology. Implementing even a basic, straightforward method, such as the one described in this article, can greatly improve your chances of success.
Strategy

Fraud detection do's and don'ts

Supply chains are frequent targets of fraud. How can you figure out whether something's wrong—and if it is, what should you do (or not do) about it?
Blurred lines: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES
Technology

Blurred lines: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES

As software vendors expand their products' functionality, it's getting harder to tell the different warehousing platforms apart. Here's what you need to know to make the right buying decision.
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Procurement Priorities

Now's the time to manage "tail spend"

By managing their companies' smaller, low-dollar purchases, procurement leaders can better achieve their larger, strategic priorities.
Direct Connection

What we do for the world

Supply chains—and supply chain managers—make the world a better place, playing an essential (but often unheralded) role in enabling economic success.
Perspective

Beyond the bottom line

If you dig up significant cost savings, why not use some of that windfall for a good cause?
Afterword

What's your gluten-free?

Many companies have an untapped competitive differentiator that they shouldn't ignore.
Monetary Matters

World tour: The global outlook for 2016 and 2017

Rising political risks and slow growth are hampering economies in 2016, but the prospects for 2017 are significantly brighter.
Forward Thinking

When "moneyball" meets procurement

The global logistics conglomerate Maersk Group analyzes data from its online auctions to identify sourcing strategies.

Will U.S. manufacturing be back on top?

A new report predicts that by 2020 the United States will replace China as the most competitive manufacturing nation.

Matthew A. Waller appointed as dean of University of Arkansas' Walton School of Business

The longtime educator and researcher is believed to be the first from the supply chain discipline to hold such a position at a major university.

GS1 drafts standards for efficient e-commerce shipping

The e-commerce fulfillment "roadmap" is designed to help harmonize in-store and online fulfillment practices, the group says.

How secure is the data in your supply chain?

A survey of 320 IT professionals found that fewer than half are confident that their business partners are practicing good cybersecurity.

Unilever ranks highest in Gartner's 2016 Supply Chain Top 25

The research firm added a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) scoring component to its annual rankings of supply chain leadership.

Nestlé puts 36,000 supply chain minds to work

The global food manufacturer is using internal crowdsourcing to solve problems and develop new business solutions worldwide.

Logistics providers in the United Kingdom express pessimism about sector's outlook

Survey finds leaders worried about pricing pressure, higher costs, impact of possible "Brexit."

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic uncertainties remain amid weak global demand

Economic growth is starting to stabilize, but weak global demand continues to create uncertainty.
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Logistics costs at a turning point
This year's edition of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' "State of Logistics Report" finds evidence of dramatic change in the drivers of U.S. business logistics costs.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Stuck in neutral: Few supply chain organizations are driving value across their networks
Despite a lot of talk about collaboration, many companies continue to emphasize cost and efficiency at the expense of their suppliers.

Procurement Priorities
Why risk needs to be top of mind for procurement leaders
"Hoping that your luck holds out" is not a good strategy for managing risk in the supply chain, says a new report.
Forward Thinking
Public-private partnerships are essential to improving humanitarian supply chains
A recent paper from the World Food Programme says that NGOs, governments, and the private sector need to form collaborative partnerships to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.

Forward Thinking
IoT adoption rates continue to rise, survey shows
Eyefortransport research finds the majority of respondents are using Internet of Things technology to gather location information to improve customer service.

Forward Thinking
Tech companies should do more to eliminate slavery, forced labor in their supply chains, report says
The watchdog group KnowTheChain says that information and communications technology companies have made public commitments to reduce their suppliers' use of forced labor, yet few have taken concrete action.

Forward Thinking
Index identifies potential supply chain risk in 130 countries and territories
The FM Global Country Resilience Index can help companies design supply chains that are less vulnerable to disruption.

Forward Thinking
Brexit to boost U.S. exports to Asia, depress activity to Britain and Europe, economist says
Ratajczak says Fed to remain on hold until dollar's appreciation slows.

Forward Thinking
While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong
While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong

Forward Thinking
Global awards program honors companies with innovative supply chains
SCM World is now seeking nominations for its annual Power of the Profession Awards, which recognize "breakthrough" supply chain initiatives and talent development programs.

Forward Thinking
As Europe and the rest of the world reel from Britain's vote to leave EU, concern turns to "Nexit"
In the wake of the stunning outcome, transportation and logistics providers pledge continuity.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic uncertainties remain amid weak global demand
Economic growth is starting to stabilize, but weak global demand continues to create uncertainty.

Forward Thinking
"State of Logistics Report" says end of cheap inventory financing will create supply chain challenges
Inventory carrying costs in 2015 rose 5.1 percent over the year-earlier period, according to the report.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP Annual Conference to provide fresh look at supply chain issues
The conference will offer over 90 educational sessions and more than 25 hours of networking events.

New CSCMP publication explains "blockchain" technology
The latest issue of CSCMP Hot Topics provides examples of how companies can use blockchains in their supply chain.

CSCMP recognizes three young supply chain professionals as "rising stars"
The organization's Emerging Leader Award honors outstanding supply chain and logistics management professionals under the age of 30.

CSCMP names nominees for board of directors
Mary Long, vice president of logistics and network planning for Domino's Pizza, will become the 53rd chair. Long currently holds the position of chair-elect.

Caplice chosen to receive annual Distinguished Service Award from CSCMP
The MIT professor is being recognized for his research as well as for his innovations in supply chain education, particularly through online learning.

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