CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 24, 2018

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.
Departments

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world
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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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
Commentary: When failure is really not an option
You shouldn't have to worry about the hospital supply chain when wheeled into the OR.

Forward Thinking
Putting logistics on a low-carbon diet
New book explores ways to cut industry's greenhouse-gas footprint.

Forward Thinking
XPO to build highly automated DC in U.K.
The warehouse will open in 2020 and handle consumer packaged goods for Nestle as well as testing new technologies.

Forward Thinking
LevaData announces $12 million venture funding for AI tools
Artificial intelligence software can cut supply chain risk and cost, firm says.

Forward Thinking
Truckers sitting in sweet spot as decade winds down, State of Logistics Report says
Truckers seen taking share from rails as technologies drive down costs, improve service, annual report says; transport, inventory costs climbed well above inflation in '17, it adds.

Forward Thinking
Jump in dedicated revenues highlights strong 2017 for 3PLs, Armstrong says
Dedicated grows much higher than historical average as shippers seek capacity assurance.

Forward Thinking
Home Depot launches pilot for ambitious outbound delivery plan
Four-year, $1.2 billion initiative aimed at making next-day deliveries to all U.S. customers.

Forward Thinking
Transport, warehousing employment gains in the U.S. fueled by warehousing, truck, couriers
U.S. government data shows sector gained 19,000 jobs over April figures.

Forward Thinking
How Unilever funds supply chain innovation
To encourage employees to be more innovative, the consumer packaged goods company set up a microfunding effort for small experimental supply chain implementations.

Forward Thinking
International air freight to have tradable futures market
TAC Holdings establishes platform to remedy pricing "inefficiencies."

CSCMP Notebook
New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment
The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.

CSCMP launches Supply Chain Professionals Day
The annual event is set for the third Monday in May and will include online photo campaign.

Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

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