CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 18, 2017

Current Issue: Quarter 3 2017

The Power of People: McCormick & Company's procurement transformation

Procurement
The Power of People: McCormick & Company's procurement transformation

When the spice and flavoring company adopted a long-term strategy focused on global growth, the procurement team stepped up with a bold plan to reshape their priorities and organizational structure. The initiative has exceeded expectations, with more improvements to come.

How back-of-mind backrooms rob retailers of profits
Strategy

How back-of-mind backrooms rob retailers of profits

There's a significant cost associated with taking the backroom for granted. Taking the time to re-evaluate a variety of relevant factors can help companies operate a more efficient, cost-effective backroom.
Big data analytics in supply chain: Tackling the tidal wave
Technology

Big data analytics in supply chain: Tackling the tidal wave

The amount of supply chain data is growing exponentially, and companies are struggling to make effective use of available information. New research reveals the strategies they're adopting to help them harness the power of big data.
Unleashing your supply chain's potential through a bimodal approach
Strategy

Unleashing your supply chain's potential through a bimodal approach

Gaining the full benefits of this valuable approach requires integrating two ways of thinking.
Strategy

The power of relationships

This year's Emerging Leader Award winners demonstrate that to succeed in supply chain management you need both technical expertise and "soft skills."
How process industries can improve supply chain performance
Strategy

How process industries can improve supply chain performance

Process industries such as steelmaking and chemicals are increasingly focused on customer service, but their supply chain practices are designed for low-cost, efficient operations. To align with today's corporate strategies, they need to match their supply chains to the markets they serve while improving their demand forecasting capabilities.
The insight-driven supply chain: What's it all about?
Strategy

The insight-driven supply chain: What's it all about?

Companies whose supply chains fully leverage insights from available data are gaining a measurable competitive advantage. Here's an overview of how to apply this strategy and the value it provides.
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Top-Performing Supply Chains

Supply chain excellence: It's tough to make it to the top—and stay there

Research for Supply Chain Insights' 2017 Supply Chains to Admire list shows that very few companies outperform their peers—and those that do often struggle to maintain their leadership positions.
Perspective

The young and the ambitious

Take the time to learn more about the talented, motivated young people who are entering our profession. There's much you can do to help them achieve their goals.
Afterword

No longer a trend, but an inevitability

The technology trends that will rock your world are already in motion.
Direct Connection

CSCMP EDGE: Education, thought leadership, and innovation

CSCMP's annual conference offered programs and networking opportunities that will benefit attendees for years to come.
Research for the Real World

The link between driver turnover and motor carrier safety

While it makes sense that an increase in driver turnover would have a negative effect on the carriers' safety, little is known about the exact nature of the relationship and about whether managers can take steps to mitigate those negative effects.
Monetary Matters

Global economic outlook appears brighter as risks recede

Though 2016 brought much that was unexpected to the global economic and political landscape, many of the risks that were looming over the near-term outlook have receded.
Forward Thinking

How Ford is collaborating with suppliers to green its supply chain

By sharing its own best practices with its suppliers, the automaker is on track to save 550 million gallons of water and cut carbon emissions by 500,000 metric tons over the next five years.

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.

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.

Direct-to-consumer supply chains: Not just for retail anymore

A survey by LCP Consulting and Cranfield University finds that the majority of manufacturers think that shipping directly to the consumer holds growth potential.

The warehouse as classroom: New supply chain academies target entry-level employees

Western Michigan University programs will teach unemployed area residents warehousing and inventory control skills while providing management and supervisory opportunities for the university's undergraduates.

Pilot project connects blockchain and "smart" pallets

By feeding data from Internet of Things-enabled pallets into its digital ledger system, the chemical manufacturer BASF hopes to improve supply chain visibility and decision making.

Which supply chain innovations are ready for the mainstream?

A new report from Gartner Inc. identifies nine new technologies and strategies that it predicts will see widespread adoption by 2022.

New report goes inside the minds of young supply chain professionals

YPs give high marks to their jobs, their employers, and the profession as a whole, but they're always on the lookout for career development and advancement opportunities, a survey of nearly 300 young CSCMP members finds.

The challenges of implementing a circular economy

A paper from the European business school INSEAD points out the obstacles a company must overcome before it can sell remanufactured goods in a closed-loop supply chain.
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Perspective
La la la, I'm not listening ...
The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte
Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

Forward Thinking
Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84
Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance
It's the hottest IT topic to come down the pike in years. Now if people only knew what to do with it.

Forward Thinking
Average size of U.S. warehouses has doubled since 2002, CBRE report finds
The broom in e-commerce has expanded the girth and height of warehouse over the past decade.

Forward Thinking
New coalition looks to educate policymakers and public about importance of the global value chain
Members of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition include five industry associations plus major retailers such as Target, Levi Strauss, and VF Corp.

Forward Thinking
Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world
"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

Forward Thinking
Study: Reverse logistics still a puzzle for omnichannel retailers
The promise of hassle-free returns may keep customers happy, but a recent survey suggests that omnichannel players are still struggling to find the right balance between cost and service.

Forward Thinking
How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event
The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

Forward Thinking
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say
Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2017 conference held in September in Atlanta, Georgia.

CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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