CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 07, 2015

Current Issue: Quarter 2 2015

Uncertainty on the high seas

Global
Uncertainty on the high seas

Climate change and geopolitical clashes could transform commercial shipping in the foreseeable future. For global supply chains, powerful new opportunities—and new risks—are just around the corner.

Learning the language of finance
Finance

Learning the language of finance

Financial fluency will allow you to better explain how supply chains affect margins, turnover, and cash flow.
Is your supply chain safe from cyberattacks?
Technology

Is your supply chain safe from cyberattacks?

Information has become a critical supply chain asset, making it increasingly important to protect your data. That means paying more attention to suppliers' security practices.
Intermodal's big bottleneck: A possible solution
Logistics

Intermodal's big bottleneck: A possible solution

North America's intermodal network is struggling to handle current volumes, let alone future growth. Here's what the railroads could do to support continued expansion and prevent potential supply chain disruptions.
Columns
Perspective

Why you should care about material handling equipment

With technology forcing supply chains to undergo rapid transformation, the intersection of material handling and supply chain strategy has become an area you can't afford to ignore.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Top-performing supply chains: Chemical companies

The chemical industry is feeling the pain as downstream manufacturers push costs back onto suppliers.
Direct Connection

Announcing the next generation of supply chain career programs

In partnership with the U.S. government, CSCMP is the industry sponsor and certifying body of the LINCS in Supply Chain Management consortium.
Afterword

The thankless life of a logistician

Logistics and supply chain managers get little recognition for the important work they do. Yet without logisticians, commerce would come to a halt.
Monetary Matters

Three global macroeconomic trends to watch

Supply chain managers should pay special attention to three trends that will reshape international trade and shipping patterns over the next decade, potentially altering supply chain dynamics.
Forward Thinking

Companies struggle to find profits from omnichannel retailing

Omnichannel efforts are being hampered by high logistics costs associated with fulfilling orders.

Procurement dreams big

A new study from Hackett Group says that procurement executives want their organizations to focus less on cutting costs and more on being a strategic advisor.

Help wanted: Supply chains desperately need employees with sophisticated technology skills

As companies look to emerging technologies to improve supply chain operations, they struggle to find employees with the skills to manage and maintain them.

High-tech leaders seek cost cuts with shorter supply chains

A UPS-sponsored survey documents a decline in offshoring strategy among high-tech manufacturers worldwide.

Now hiring: supply chain analyst, inventory specialist … anthropologist?

The "digital supply chain" will require different jobs and skill sets than supply chain organizations currently look for, one Gartner executive predicts.

31 ways to create a supply chain with a conscience

A report from Accenture and the World Economic Forum argues that leading supply chains gain a "triple advantage" when they create not just business benefits but socio-economic and environmental ones as well.

Deloitte study: Corporate leadership and supply chain executives differ sharply in their assessments of supply chain talent

Disparities between company leaders and supply chain professionals could materialize into actual barriers to success, a new report suggests.

Sourcing internationally: Six risks, and how to mitigate them

Berlin Packaging's Adam Brosch offers good advice for importers of any product, not just packaging.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Container throughput to rise as global economy grows

Global container throughput is expected to grow slightly, in the first quarter after dipping -0.11 percent in Q4.
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Perspective
A do-it-yourself approach to filling the supply chain talent shortage
Formal academic degree programs won't fully meet the growing need for professionals with industry-specific knowledge. An education program designed for the automotive industry offers a potential solution.
Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Automotive
As our review of automotive companies' performance measures reveals, the most efficient supply chain is not necessarily the most effective.
Forward Thinking
"State of Logistics Report": U.S. business logistics costs hit $1.45 trillion in 2014, up 3.1 percent from 2013
Logistics costs accounted for 8.3 percent of U.S. GDP last year, according to the annual report issued by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Forward Thinking
Top 25 supply chains + 2?
The analyst firm Gartner has added a new "Masters" category to its annual Supply Chain Top 25 list.

Forward Thinking
Five technologies that will transform procurement
A research report from Accenture says that "digital disruptors" will change how the procurement function is organized.

Forward Thinking
Are the days of global supply chains numbered?
Automation, sustainability, and risk management efforts may influence companies to create more regional supply chains, according to a report by Standard Chartered Bank.

Forward Thinking
How do you get the greatest benefits from innovation?
The latest issue of CSCMP Explores... uncovers lessons from past winners of its Supply Chain Innovation Award.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Container throughput to rise as global economy grows
Global container throughput is expected to grow slightly, in the first quarter after dipping -0.11 percent in Q4.

Forward Thinking
Now hiring: supply chain analyst, inventory specialist … anthropologist?
The "digital supply chain" will require different jobs and skill sets than supply chain organizations currently look for, one Gartner executive predicts.

Forward Thinking
31 ways to create a supply chain with a conscience
A report from Accenture and the World Economic Forum argues that leading supply chains gain a "triple advantage" when they create not just business benefits but socio-economic and environmental ones as well.

Departments
Dialogue: A conversation with an industry leader
Bringing the real world to the classroom
For more than three decades, Joseph Estrella held logistics and transportation positions at major companies. Now he's using that experience to help prepare students for careers in supply chain management.

CSCMP Notebook
Starbucks, Amazon executives to headline annual conference
The 2015 CSCMP Annual Conference, to be held September 27-30 in San Diego, will offer more than 90 sessions in five "Cornerstone" subject areas that cover all aspects of the end-to-end supply chain.

CSCMP Notebook
Premium Career Center package can help you find the right candidate
The "Jobs Flash e-mail plus enhanced posting" package offered by CSCMP's Career Center will bring your job opportunities to the attention of highly qualified candidates.

CSCMP Notebook
How to innovate for the long term
The latest issue of CSCMP Hot Topics, "Sustaining and Expanding Supply Chain Innovations," explains how successful companies get long-term benefits from supply chain innovations.