CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 24, 2017

Current Issue: Quarter 2 2017

Making the journey to a multimodal, segmented supply chain

Strategy
Making the journey to a multimodal, segmented supply chain

A supply chain strategy that balances operational excellence with profitably serving the needs of specific customers, channels, and products offers many competitive and cost benefits. Here's what you need to get started, along with a look at how Western Digital Corporation successfully made the switch.

Why blockchain is not just for banks
Technology

Why blockchain is not just for banks

If global supply chains are to gain the full benefit of this technology for managing payments and related data, all parties that play a role in global trade must be involved.
Supply chain integration and optimization: The keys to realizing deal value
Strategy

Supply chain integration and optimization: The keys to realizing deal value

How a buyer integrates an acquisition and optimizes the combined entity's supply chain can make the difference between achieving the deal's desired benefits and, potentially, its failure.
Toward supply chain agility: The case of the Australian manufacturing sector
Manufacturing

Toward supply chain agility: The case of the Australian manufacturing sector

Supply chain agility is a significant lever and capability for organizations, industries, and economies. This proposed road map helps operations and supply chain managers to identify strategies for improving their supply chain agility from both strategic and operational perspectives.
Five keys to seizing the global growth opportunity
Global

Five keys to seizing the global growth opportunity

Digital technology, global development, urbanization, and business disruption represent both a major opportunity and a threat in the global economy. To succeed in a world that is changing faster than ever before, supply chain managers must not only understand the trends that are shaping the the future, they must also adjust the way they think and make decisions. In this excerpt from The Disruptors' Feast, a former top executive at some of the world's best-known companies recommends strategies for succeeding in a global marketplace that's facing constant disruption and change.
Strategy

The Great Coordinator

Kaiser Permanente's Laurel Junk is leading the transformation of the health-care giant's operation from a group of locally autonomous sites to a centralized, professional supply chain organization with standardized roles and processes.
Columns
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Moving blockchain forward: Seven use cases for hyperledger in supply chain

To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace open source technology.
Perspective

Happy 10th anniversary to us!

As Supply Chain Quarterly enters its second decade, we will continue to provide readers with fresh thinking about supply chain strategy in an in-depth yet accessible form.
Afterword

A decade of accelerating change

From the iPhone to IOT, technology advances in the past 10 years have rearranged the face of the supply chain.
Direct Connection

Supporting and developing tomorrow's supply chain leaders

CSCMP has made a significant investment in its young professionals because we believe they represent the next generation of supply chain leaders.
Monetary Matters

Optimism is not enough: Realization of pro-growth policies will shape U.S. economic outlook

Congress and the White House are likely to implement a modest pro-growth agenda, encouraging continued consumer confidence and economic growth for the next few years.
Research for the Real World

How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking

Creating a consumer-friendly supply chain continues to challenge retailers

For retail supply chains to succeed today, they must focus on improving the consumer's overall experience. Many are still struggling to achieve that goal, says a recent report from eyefortransport.

What growing nationalism may mean for procurement

A report from the software and consulting company GEP argues that rising nationalism will mean increases in procurement costs and a growing need for risk-mitigation plans.

Which country has the most resilient supply chain of them all?

FM Global has released the results of its 2017 Global Resilience Index, which ranks countries based on their ability to tolerate disruptive events. The latest edition features more risk factors and a new comparison function.

Mexico's NAFTA advocate

Despite the current uncertainties about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico's place in the global supply chain is secure, says Kenneth Smith Ramos, head of the Mexico's Trade and NAFTA Office in Washington, D.C.

How Lenovo tackles the global workforce challenge

The technology giant strengthens its supply chain talent pool by focusing on geographic, cognitive, skill, and generational diversity; its unusual approach to leadership development has created a deep bench of internationally savvy managers.
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Perspective
If you don't know what blockchain is, start studying
Get familiar with this technology now. Originally designed for managing digital currency, it's well on its way to adoption as a means of tracking supply chain transactions.

Procurement Priorities
Starved for resources?
Sustainable procurement now has management's attention. But a recent study finds that executives may not be willing to commit the human and financial resources needed for such programs to succeed.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
We haven't done enough to promote diversity
A recent supply chain talent survey shows that while the profession continues to evolve, it still lacks diversity. Let's vow to do better.

Research for the Real World
How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Commentary: Creating a baseline for big data in the supply chain
A new survey will look at what return on investment companies are seeing from implementing big data analytics in their supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Robots will collaborate with warehouse workers, not replace them, vendors say
Designers are looking to simplify robot operations by adding video-game-based interfaces.

Forward Thinking
Ethical supply chains: more style than substance?
While four-fifths of respondents to a new study say they have a "responsible supply chain," only a quarter said their companies are addressing issues such as child labor or climate change in their supply chains.

Forward Thinking
New report touts benefits of using group purchasing organizations for health-care supplies
Research commissioned by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association says health-care GPOs typically save members up to 18 percent on supplies while also creating a more competitive marketplace.

Forward Thinking
Industrial truck industry contributes $25.7 billion to U.S. economy, report says
The industry supports around 210,000 U.S. jobs, the report adds.

Forward Thinking
Artificial intelligence platform uses natural language, image recognition
Infor's Coleman AI platform, named for pioneering mathematician Katherine Coleman Johnson, lets users develop a "conversational interface" for supply chain analysis and decision making.

Forward Thinking
Transport, logistics CEOs slow on mobile-device uptake, survey shows
Seventy percent of transportation and logistics CEOs fail to grasp the importance of rugged handheld devices, SOTI survey finds.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain management software market expected to exceed US$13 billion in 2017
Gartner forecasts 11 percent increase over 2016; growth in software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployments could take the market to US$19 billion by 2021.

Forward Thinking
Could your industrial robots "go rogue"?
Cybersecurity experts warn that many robots in factories and distribution centers have outdated software and weak authentication systems, leaving them open to being hacked. An attack could harm companies, products, and even people.

Forward Thinking
The dangers of focusing only on the supply chain's last mile
In a world where companies are under increasing pressure to tighten product time-to-market, improving efficiency at every stage of the supply chain is a must.

CSCMP Notebook
Arizona Roundtable wins annual CSCMP supply chain simulation game
Online game teaches participants about risk management through running the supply chain for a simulated company.

An AWESOME choice: CSCMP names Nancy Nix as 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors head of women's supply chain association with its highest honor.

CSCMP's annual conference to focus on leading-edge thinking
CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is expected to draw more than 3,000 supply chain processionals from across the globe.

Hunting for qualified interns? Ask CSCMP!
CSCMP's online Career Center has a new feature dedicated to internships.

CSCMP and Truckstop.com collaborate on supply chain paper contest
The first-place winner of the annual Call for Papers for Young Professionals will receive a complimentary registration to the CSCMP EDGE conference.

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