CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 16, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2007

SCM: The past is prologue

Strategy
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.

Strategy

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.
Strategy

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.
Global

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.
Strategy

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.
Logistics

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.
Technology

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.
Columns
Afterword

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.
Perspective

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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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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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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