CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 23, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2007

Lean to a fault?

Logistics
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.

Logistics

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.
Global

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.
Global

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.
Procurement

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.
Logistics

Thinking outside the (warehouse) box

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

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.
Perspective

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.
Departments

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Upcoming professional education programs around the world

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News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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Research for the Real World
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking
Maersk to combine liner, supply chain units into one product
Ocean shipping, Damco operations to operate with single point of contact.

Forward Thinking
Supply chains shift from global to local
A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.

Forward Thinking
Survey: retailers turning to AI to improve demand management
Artificial intelligence seen as tool for generating more accurate forecasts, Symphony RetailAI says.

Forward Thinking
Diesel to power smaller share of U.S. truck orders by 2040, study says
Battery electric vehicles to gain share as urban trucking grows, technology improves, IHS Markit report says.

Forward Thinking
Florence flooding keeps Port of Wilmington, NC, closed to trucks until Monday
Planned 14-day closure could squeeze imports of bananas, clementines.

Forward Thinking
Florence's winds continue to slow, but heavy rain triggers road, track, and port closures.
Carriers warn clients of freight delays, as floods shutter logistics sites.

Forward Thinking
Small trials can lead to big results with blockchain and AI, panel says
GE and IBM advise launching internal pilots of emerging technologies, Project44 speakers say.

Forward Thinking
South Carolina ports set all-time monthly box record in August
Figure breaks June's prior record.

Forward Thinking
Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices
Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

Forward Thinking
How to prepare your supply chain for a hurricane
New report from DHL offers tips for "battening down the hatches" when your supply chain is threatened by a major storm.

CSCMP Notebook
A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

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