CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 30, 2017

Current Issue: Quarter 1 2017

From dreams to reality: How to turn innovative ideas into real-world applications

Strategy
From dreams to reality: How to turn innovative ideas into real-world applications

Supply chain innovation is not just a matter of coming up with great ideas; you also have to convert them to sustainable, practical applications. Following a disciplined process such as the one outlined in this article will result in less wasted effort and more frequent success.

Using supply chain-enabled PLCM to boost margin growth
Manufacturing

Using supply chain-enabled PLCM to boost margin growth

In a world where frequent product innovation is a must, a platform life-cycle management strategy can help companies tame complexity while improving profitability.
Strategy

C-suite crusader

Ann Drake is on a mission: to help qualified women—in supply chain management and beyond—move into the top ranks of business leadership.
Supply chain evolution in a crisis: Case studies from Russia
Logistics

Supply chain evolution in a crisis: Case studies from Russia

Its size and relative wealth make Russia an important market. But the long distances and limited infrastructure that create significant supply chain challenges have been compounded in recent years by economic upheaval. The crisis has scared off some international players. Others see it as an opportunity.
Disruptive technologies: Should you give them the green light?
Technology

Disruptive technologies: Should you give them the green light?

Disruptive technologies have the power to upend supply chains, adding uncertainty, cost, and complexity. They also can create competitive advantage—but only if organizations strategically build them into their supply chains.
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.
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Perspective

Time for some scenario planning?

Be prepared: Policy changes that come about as a result of the president-elect's simplistic view of international trade could impact your supply chain costs with little warning.
Procurement Priorities

Procurement: It's time to automate!

Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Carter's: A story of supply chain leadership

The children's apparel company Carter's has made significant improvements to its supply chain by leveraging scale while managing complexity.
Afterword

The year of living disruptively

2017 is shaping up to be a tipping point when it comes to disruptive technologies. And not in the way you're probably thinking.
Direct Connection

The supply chain's voice in government

CSCMP is actively involved in several supply chain-focused initiatives sponsored by the U.S. government.
Research for the Real World

The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking

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

Going direct: Manufacturers set their sights on direct-to-consumer delivery

IDC Manufacturing Insights expects that by 2020, half of all manufacturers will be capable of handling deliveries to consumers.

Attention, supply chain professionals: The world's problems cannot be solved without your help

Supply chain organizations should work with governments and nonprofit groups to feed the world, heal the sick, save the planet, and make money too, says a new report from the research group SCM World and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

New index polls logistics managers to gauge U.S. economy's direction

Logistics Manager's Index seeks respondents for monthly poll measuring transportation, warehousing, and inventory activity.

Forget customer service; controlling omnichannel costs is retailers' new top priority

The pressing need to handle omnichannel fulfillment profitably is reshaping retailers' supply chain strategies, according to preliminary results of the 2017 "State of the Retail Supply Chain" study.
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Perspective
A different kind of inclusiveness
Organizations that embrace all of the participants in the supply chain offer some benefits that more restrictive groups cannot.

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
Time for change in direction: Seven use cases for hyperledger in the supply chain
To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace to open source technology.

Research for the Real World
The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
How to plan for future supply chain leadership
With the "baby boomer" generation retiring and demand for supply chain skills outpacing supply, companies without a well-considered succession plan risk being left without leaders for crucial supply chain roles.

Forward Thinking
U.S. industrial market soars in first quarter with high absorptions, low vacancies, report says
The vacancy rate hit 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017, putting it 300 basis points below the 10-year average, Cushman & Wakefield says.

Forward Thinking
U.S.-Mexico trade relations to survive Trump's anti-trade rhetoric, Mexican official says
The U.S. House's "Border Adjustment Tax" proposal is cause for concern and could affect NAFTA, according to an embassy trade official.

Forward Thinking
Running a large supply chain without advanced analytics is "increasingly unrealistic," says Gartner Research
For companies to take full advantage of "big data," they will need to move beyond the analytic or business intelligence tools embedded in traditional supply chain software.

Forward Thinking
J.B. Hunt funds new supply chain innovation center at University of Arkansas
The J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence will focus on improving supply chain efficiency through technology.

Forward Thinking
Study finds 10 ways to improve supply chain collaboration
A report from research firm SpendEdge report says companies need to pick their partners carefully.

Forward Thinking
Robotics, automation seen as main tools of disruption and competitive advantage, "State of the Industry" report says
Automation will be the norm in five years, report says.

Forward Thinking
Panel of supply chain experts preaches "work smarter, more responsibly"
At the opening session for ProMat 2017, executives from UPS, Boeing, and REI discuss how their companies are benefiting from sustainability efforts.

Forward Thinking
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.

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.

CSCMP Notebook
In their own words: Members tell why CSCMP is important to them
A new video produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals features members' thoughts on the personal and professional benefits of membership in the organization.

CSCMP EDGE conference announces its lineup of keynote speakers
A writer from Pixar Animation Studio, an artificial intelligence expert, and a war hero will provide advice on leading during times of change.

Tackling the challenge of last-mile delivery
In the latest CSCMP Hot Topics publication, A.T. Kearney analysts predict how companies will respond to the increasing demands and costs associated with e-commerce logistics.

Nominate a promising supply chain star for the CSCMP Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award
Nominations are due May 15.

CSCMP renames its annual conference "CSCMP EDGE"
The rebranded annual conference will provide attendees with an edge on the latest supply chain thinking and research.

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