CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 13, 2016

Current Issue: Quarter 4 2015

10 steps on the path to profitable omnichannel growth

Technology
10 steps on the path to profitable omnichannel growth

An integrated, end-to-end omnichannel supply chain strategy is critical to profitably capturing e-commerce sales. Here are 10 key focus areas in the supply chain that enable such a strategy.

Strategy

Spreading the word about lean

Robert Martichenko has helped companies and practitioners worldwide to recognize and apply lean as an end-to-end supply chain strategy.
Finance

The Financial Crisis and the Money Supply Chain

The global financial crisis of 2008-2009 put many manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers at risk. This excerpt from Chapter 5 of The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected explores the supply chain strategies that helped some companies successfully manage through the crisis and the subsequent economic recovery.
From Desert Storm to the retail store: Five technologies that are closing global supply chain gaps
Technology

From Desert Storm to the retail store: Five technologies that are closing global supply chain gaps

Some of the most promising technologies for collecting, managing, and analyzing data got their start in the military or in private industry. Now that they're more widely available, both government and commercial supply chains are realizing the benefits.
Pursuing the promise of omnichannel retailing
Strategy

Pursuing the promise of omnichannel retailing

Results of a recent survey show that retailers believe omnichannel commerce can increase revenue and improve customer satisfaction. But they're still trying to figure out what that means for their supply chain operations.
Disconnected in the DC: The missing link between metrics and strategy
Strategy

Disconnected in the DC: The missing link between metrics and strategy

Ideally, performance metrics in warehouses and distribution centers should reflect a company's strategic objectives, but research reveals that this is rarely the case. Here's a look at those findings, with some recommendations on how to bring metrics and strategy into alignment.
Columns
Perspective

"As you rise, you must lift"

In a thought-provoking session at CSCMP's 2015 Annual Conference, women supply chain executives explained what it takes to be an effective leader and emphasized the importance of mentoring.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Top-performing supply chains: Retail

The retail industry shows marked improvement in supply chain performance.
Afterword

Something's happening here

Some of the same disruptive technologies that are changing our personal lives are making their way into logistics operations. Are you ready?
Direct Connection

CSCMP: Your voice in government on supply chain competitiveness

By participating in the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, CSCMP is helping to ensure that the U.S. government considers supply chain issues and priorities as it develops economic policy.
Forward Thinking

3PL CEOs say they're tackling disruptive changes in their industry

E-commerce, mergers, and new sources of competition are top concerns for third-party logistics providers according to Northeastern University's 22nd annual survey.

Companies need to do more to incorporate financial controls into their planning process

Consulting company Oliver Wight Americas says sales and operations planning must be linked to financial indicators or the company risks making uninformed decisions during the planning process.

Survey shows progress in curing some of health care's supply chain pain

Three-fourths of all respondents to a UPS survey say they are successfully handling product security.

Interconnected supply chains lead to rise in "business interruption" property claims, report says

BI-related claims much higher than typical property-damage claims, Allianz unit says.

Report forecasts future shifts in global logistics hubs

Cities like Shanghai, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Rotterdam are major nexus points for global supply chains. Demographic, policy, and economic trends will allow other cities to join their ranks, according to the industrial real estate firm CBRE.

Face-to-face with supply chain thought leaders

"Supply Chain Spotlight" video series features advice, challenges, and success stories from 18 top supply chain professionals.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: China slows down global trade

A slowdown in emerging markets was a drag on global GDP growth.
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Procurement priorities
Our new monthly column will discuss issues and trends affecting procurement practices and policies, giving you greater insight into this critical link in the supply chain.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Industrial packaging
When it comes to improving their supply chains, industrial packaging companies (for the most part) have stalled out, but a few companies are making headway.

Procurement Priorities
Cheaper oil has procurement rethinking strategies
With oil and other commodity prices lower than they have been in over a decade, procurement leaders are reassessing contracts with suppliers.
Forward Thinking
Health-care industry continues to struggle with managing inventory
Hospitals could significantly cut costs by using technology to improve supply chain visibility, says a report from Cardinal Health.

Forward Thinking
The evolution of procurement: From "backwater" to driving force
A prize-winning new book presents a tantalizing view of the future of procurement.

Forward Thinking
Ten ways the manufacturing supply chain will transform itself in 2016 (and beyond)
The next 24 months will bring radical changes in manufacturers' supply chain strategies and operations, says analyst group IDC. The drivers: technologies such as cloud-based commerce networks, demand-sensing technology, and 3-D printing.

Forward Thinking
Retailers turn to 3PLs for help in home delivery
Survey shows consumers expect free, fast shipping.

Forward Thinking
Building resilience into the supply chain: interview with Yossi Sheffi
In his new book, The Power of Resilience, MIT professor Yossi Sheffi looks at how businesses can anticipate, prepare for, and respond to disruptive events.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: China slows down global trade
A slowdown in emerging markets was a drag on global GDP growth.

Forward Thinking
Face-to-face with supply chain thought leaders
"Supply Chain Spotlight" video series features advice, challenges, and success stories from 18 top supply chain professionals.

Forward Thinking
Report forecasts future shifts in global logistics hubs
Cities like Shanghai, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Rotterdam are major nexus points for global supply chains. Demographic, policy, and economic trends will allow other cities to join their ranks, according to the industrial real estate firm CBRE.

Forward Thinking
Interconnected supply chains lead to rise in "business interruption" property claims, report says
BI-related claims much higher than typical property-damage claims, Allianz unit says.

Forward Thinking
Survey shows progress in curing some of health care's supply chain pain
Three-fourths of all respondents to a UPS survey say they are successfully handling product security.

CSCMP Notebook
Seminar to explore European supply chain management issues
CSCMP is seeking submissions of research papers, work-in-progress papers, or discussion topics for its 11th annual European Research Seminar.

Who is your supply chain hero?
Nominations for CSCMP's 2016 Distinguished Service Award are now open; nominations are due by April 30.

CSCMP, college consortium work to bridge the supply chain skills gap
CSCMP is the industry sponsor and certifying body of the LINCS national supply chain management education and certification program.

Liquor Control Board of Ontario wins Supply Chain Innovation Award
Government agency is recognized for its innovative automated palletizing process, which uses optimization software, 3-D visualization, and simulation.

Hot Topic: Zero-based budgeting in the supply chain
CSCMP publication takes a fresh approach to funding supply chain information technology.

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