CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 22, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2007

SCM: The past is prologue

SCM: The past is prologue

A pioneer in the field shares his historical perspective on the birth of the discipline and offers some thoughts on the direction it might take in the future.


Want to be agile? Master your data

Your supply chain's speed and efficiency depends on the flow of synchronized data between you and your partners. The first step: making sure your own data is clean and consistent.

Why has CPFR failed to scale?

The consumer goods industry has paid too much attention to planning and forecasting, and too little to synchronizing product flow with demand, according to a longtime industry observer.

Metamorphosis of a supply chain

By reorganizing and consolidating supply chain operations at its business units, Motorola is improving the three "Cs": cost, cash, and customer service. More benefits will accrue as the transformation continues.

Mapping a lean strategy

Ask the right questions about the current state of your supply chain, and you'll get the answers you need to create a lean operation for the future. Two experts explain how to do it.

A framework for network optimization

Need to better align distribution with changing business conditions? Use a modeling tool to assess your current network as well as alternatives for meeting your goal.

The end of cheap oil: Are you ready?

Supply chain managers must take action today to prepare for the end of the Oil Age tomorrow.

Book Excerpt: Know the ABCs of Retail Supply Chain Costs

This chapter from the forthcoming book, Retail Supply Chain Management, focuses on activity-based costing (ABC) as an effective method for understanding actual supply chain costs. With an accurate view of those costs, retailers can assess product profitability, adjust markups, reduce costs, and much more.

Untangling the supply web

No supply web is ever a static thing, and keeping its parts connected is the supply chain manager's perpetual challenge.
Career Ladder

So you think you're ready to be chief supply chain officer?

The focus for supply chain leaders is not just on managing costs, but also on maximizing a company's profitability by improving asset productivity and even identifying new sources of revenue generation.
Direct Connection

On a mission

We are constantly reviewing how best to reach you, our customers, and this new publication is a result of that process.
Monetary Matters

Export diversification will change China's relationships

New ocean shipping options are emerging to handle Chinese exports, especially to its largest trading partner, the United States.

Turning up the intellectual heat

CSCMP'S Supply Chain Quarterly was started with a mission: to be the premier journal of thought leadership for the supply chain profession.
Forward Thinking

China's future success may depend on supply chain talent

A report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences says that domestic and foreign-funded companies are having a difficult time finding qualified supply chain and logistics professionals.

CSCMP bridges China education gap

This June in Tianjin, the organization held its third annual conference on advanced technologies and supply chain management.

Sense and respond: MIT blog forecasts supply chain trends

The site also hosts a "Directions" section that includes more abstract, speculative reflections that are not related to specific events.

Land ho! New warehouses will be farther from shore

A severe land shortage around North American ports is driving warehouses farther and farther inland, according to the study "Import-Driven Warehousing in North America: Challenges and Opportunities."

Women favor logistics careers despite challenges

Even though they still must deal with an "old boys'" network in the workplace, respondents to the "2006 Career Patterns for Women in Logistics" study are bullish on logistics as a career.

Playing games with supply chains

In March of this year, game-based learning went global when 12 teams from top business schools around the world vied to create the most efficient supply chain in the first-ever Global Supply Chain Competition.

New translation of famed Toyota book now available

Now that Toyota has become the world's number one automaker, it's only fitting that a new English translation of the seminal Japanese book describing its famed production methods has been released.

Why marketing majors need to get out into the warehouse

Students with marketing degrees often enter the business world without understanding how supply chain practices affect marketing initiatives and strategies.

Say goodbye to "supply chain" and hello to "value network"?

The focus of supply chain management is shifting, moving away from "upstream," or the supply side, to "downstream," or the demand side, causing supply chain managers who participated in a recent study to suggest that that the term "supply chain management" be replaced by a more appropriate term.

An out-of-this-world supply chain

If you think setting up a world-class supply chain network is challenging, consider the task that faces NASA's logisticians as the agency prepares to built a permanent space station on the moon.

outsourcing standouts

The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals released its 2007 list of the top outsourcing companies in such areas as information technology, business processes, facility services, and logistics.

World Economic Forum offers prescription for risk mitigation

Supply chains may be wrapping themselves around the world and the global economy may be expanding faster than ever, but it all remains increasingly vulnerable to disruption, says the World Economic Forum in its recently released "Global Risks 2007" report.

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Latest Video

TIA sees no limit to 3PL sector growth
Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), joins us from CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference in Atlanta to discuss the state of the industry, and specifically the role of 3PLs in the market.

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Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

Research for the Real World
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
AWESOME announces this year's Legendary Leadership Award winners
The organization for women in the supply chain recognizes executives from the Bloom Energy Corporation and the Panama Canal Authority for advancements they have made in the field.

Forward Thinking
Global consortium tests blockchain for international moves, finds huge savings
Participants see big potential in eliminating data exchanges in favor of real-time viewing.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Manufacturing quality reimagined: The hidden power of your data
Manufacturers that only use quality data in a reactive manner at the local plant level are missing out on opportunities to generate large-scale, enterprisewide savings.

Forward Thinking
Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

Forward Thinking
Grand Theft Warehousing?
The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

Forward Thinking
Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
Tracking asset provenance poses a huge challenge for global supply chains and insurance providers. Using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies in combination offers a solution that could reshape future supply chains.

CSCMP Notebook
Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.