CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 27, 2016

Current Issue: Quarter 1 2016

Procurement at Philips: Total transformation on a global scale

Procurement
Procurement at Philips: Total transformation on a global scale

When Royal Philips implemented a new product design and procurement process, it also completely reconfigured its procurement organization. The author, who worked together with Philips executives Fredrick Spalcke and Ad Boon on the project, explains the initiative's origins, challenges, and successes.

Information without borders
Technology

Information without borders

For companies with international supply chains, developing an information technology strategy that successfully balances global and local requirements is not easy. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.
Simple but effective KPIs for global shipments
Global

Simple but effective KPIs for global shipments

By utilizing just three key performance indicators—lane cost, working capital, and a penalty for excessively late delivery—and converting them into economic values, you'll have the information you need to properly manage any global logistics move.
Full circle
Manufacturing

Full circle

Reverse supply chain management and closed-loop recycling reintroduce reusable parts and materials into the forward supply chain. Manufacturers, consumers, and even the planet can benefit from this practice.
A look into the future of procurement
Procurement

A look into the future of procurement

Techniques and strategies for choosing suppliers and building strategic partnerships are due for an overhaul. "Value procurement" may be the next step in the discipline's evolution, say the authors of the new book The Procurement Value Proposition: The Rise of Supply Management.
Strategy

International ambassadors

Miquel Serracanta and Eduardo Vargas are dedicated to representing and strengthening CSCMP's international membership. Here's why they think that's important.
Columns
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.
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.
Afterword

Revisiting the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership may not take effect until well into 2017—if ever. What effects it will have on global business and economies remains in dispute.
Direct Connection

Collaboration is key to improving rail service

There's no question that there are opportunities to improve America's rail system, but carriers can't do it alone.
Monetary Matters

What's in store for the U.S. consumer in 2016?

Consumers can expect low fuel prices, modest gains in household income, and rising home sales. But consumers are still likely to remain somewhat cautious in their spending.
Perspective

Thinking globally

Virtually every supply chain professional is affected in some way by international trade, logistics, and supply chain operations and strategies.
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.

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.

Book provides guidance on handling (and avoiding) supply chain disputes

In Legal Blacksmith, a longtime supply chain executive and a veteran attorney team up to help keep supply chain professionals out of the courtroom.

Real estate firm predicts strong demand for logistics and distribution space through 2016

JLL anticipates that, for the most part, supply of available space for lease will not grow and rents will continue to rise.

No one in the driver's seat

A new study from GT Nexus finds that most manufacturers are operating without a chief supply chain officer.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Global economy in a holding pattern

Gains in mature economies have not been significant enough to offset losses in emerging countries.
Departments

Chain Reactions

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Perspective
Language lessons
English may be the principal language of international business, but it isn't—and shouldn't be—the only one.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Contract manufacturing
Analysis suggests that the contract manufacturing model is failing to produce supply chain efficiencies and resiliency in the high-tech industry.

Procurement Priorities
Talent supply issue nags at procurement
Procurement leaders are used to dealing with supply shortages. But here's one that's proving to be particularly challenging: the shortage of procurement talent.
Forward Thinking
As Europe and the rest of the world reel from Britain's vote to leave EU, concern turns to "Nexit"
In the wake of the stunning outcome, transportation and logistics providers pledge continuity.

Forward Thinking
"State of Logistics Report" says end of cheap inventory financing will create supply chain challenges
Inventory carrying costs in 2015 rose 5.1 percent over the year-earlier period, according to the report.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce and the warehouse of tomorrow
How are rapidly changing fulfillment requirements affecting warehouse operations? According to a recent survey, they're triggering widespread changes in everything from facility footprints to long-standing value-chain partnerships.

Forward Thinking
Warehouses are improving efficiencies with "Internet of Things," AT&T executive says
To justify the cost of expensive sensors and data networks, companies will need to understand where the data will provide a strong return on investment, the IOT expert said.

Forward Thinking
Switzerland boasts the world's most resilient supply chains
The alpine nation topped FM Global's annual Global Resilience Index, which ranks 130 countries and territories on their ability to bounce back from a supply chain disruption.

Forward Thinking
Levi Strauss' "wonderful world" of RFID
The standards organization GS1 US has honored the clothing company's pioneering efforts to use auto-identification technology to improve inventory control and accuracy.

Forward Thinking
Logistics providers in the United Kingdom express pessimism about sector's outlook
Survey finds leaders worried about pricing pressure, higher costs, impact of possible "Brexit."

Forward Thinking
Citigroup, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and others receive national awards for minority supplier development
The National Minority Supplier Development Council recently recognized both individuals and corporations for their leadership in supplier diversity.

Forward Thinking
Nestlé puts 36,000 supply chain minds to work
The global food manufacturer is using internal crowdsourcing to solve problems and develop new business solutions worldwide.

Forward Thinking
Wages for warehouse labor to continue to climb—along with all else in the DC
Hourly workers' wages must climb $2 to be competitive, staffing firm says; owners brace for higher costs, and higher demand.

CSCMP Notebook
Caplice chosen to receive annual Distinguished Service Award from CSCMP
The MIT professor is being recognized for his research as well as for his innovations in supply chain education, particularly through online learning.

CSCMP State of Logistics Report to be released next week
Results from the report will be presented by consulting company A.T. Kearney.

CSCMP's Mentorship Program fosters cross-generational learning
Applications for the mentorship program are due at the end of June 2016.

Supply chain conference in Peru will feature world-renowned speakers
CSCMP's Peru Roundtable will co-host presentations and discussion sessions on supply chain practices, education, and data analytics, June 22-23 in Lima.

2016 Annual Conference takes an in-depth look at top supply chain trends
An astronaut who spent a year in space, a digital technology guru from GE, and a drummer all hope to inspire attendees at the CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando.

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