CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2007

Lean to a fault?

Lean to a fault?

Companies that focus heavily on lean practices may not have enough extra resources in their supply chains to support radical innovation.


When "insourcing" is the right choice

Why abandon your 3PL partner when it is performing well? Apparel maker Joseph Abboud brought distribution in-house to make its operations leaner.

"Should Cost"—From Spreadsheets To Science

When companies purchase parts or components, historically they have comparison-shopped to find the lowest-cost supplier. But forward-thinking companies are now applying the concept of "should costing" to procurement instead. In essence, they analyze what a product should cost to determine what they ought to pay for it. The emergence of should-cost systems is paving the way for companies to perform true-cost analyses of suppliers' parts.

Weaving 2 supply chains together

After Procter & Gamble bought Gillette, it faced the daunting task of managing the largest supply chain integration in consumer products history. Here's how P&G did it.

Why multilayered distribution works best in Europe

Companies looking for higher customer service levels and lower logistics costs in Europe are designing distribution networks with a central warehouse backed up by satellite facilities in major markets.

Inspire your suppliers

Want your suppliers to rally around your corporate goals? Scorecarding can help you shift their focus from the tactical to the strategic.

Thinking outside the (warehouse) box

Nontraditional warehouses are helping companies restructure their supply chains to meet the changing needs of their customers.

Supply Chain 2.0

Together with the dot-com revolution, supply chain management has transformed business as we know it.
Career Ladder

Is your grass the greenest? 10 ways to keep employees happy

As the forces of globalism and the proliferation of technology relentlessly level the proverbial playing field, it's safe to say that the men and women who manage your supply chain are everything.
Direct Connection

World-class education on a global scale

The instantaneous way in which we move information around the globe is a critical component of today's rapid-fire business environment.

Does outsourcing add value?

In some cases, companies are finding that it may actually be more cost-effective to bring outsourced jobs back in-house.
Monetary Matters

Asian trade, investment could boost Africa's fortunes

Soaring demand for Africa's raw materials, coupled with rising global commodity prices, have raised its international stature.
Forward Thinking

How big is your carbon footprint? The U.K. wants to know

Do supply chains contribute to global warming? Consumers in the United Kingdom are starting to learn the answer to that question.

Dissecting the sushi supply chain

Whether you're a raw-fish fan or not, it's gratifying any time the general public gets an idea of what logistics and supply chain management are all about.

Scientific American tackles food supply chain safety

Companies should insist that food suppliers impose strict standards and even send inspectors overseas to verify compliance with quality standards for imported food products, writes Mark Fischetti.

Outsourcing complexity gives rise to "multisourcing"

The "group" approach to outsourcing seems to be gaining favor over the traditional use of a single third-party provider.

Successful mergers depend on strong integration plans

Based on a survey of 86 executives involved in mergers and acquisitions, researchers concluded that many companies have begun to formalize the way they manage business integrations.

Strategies for filling the retirement gap

Studies show that companies could lose more than half of their senior managers in the next three years to retirement. Yet many CEOs and senior leaders may be unprepared to deal with that possibility.

New software category focuses on coordination

Supply chain coordination software will become more important in the near future, according to a report from the research firm Frost and Sullivan.

Who runs the world's best supply chain?

Nokia, the Finnish company best known for its mobile telephones, ranked first on AMR Research's 2007 list of the top 25 supply chains.

Michigan State ranks first in supply chain articles

A study conducted by Soonhong Min of The University of Oklahoma has found that academics from Michigan State University had more articles published in leading supply chain journals from 2000 through 2006 than those from any other university.

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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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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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
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.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?

Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

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.