CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 20, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2007

How big is your carbon footprint?

Logistics
How big is your carbon footprint?

Before you can build an energy-efficient supply chain, you need to understand your company's carbon emissions.

Strategy

Relationships for supply chain success

Supply chain management by its very nature depends on relationships and connections. In the first excerpt from their recent book, Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management: An Essential Guide for the 21st Century, the authors describe some of the relationships that play an important role in achieving supply chain success. In the second excerpt, they focus on consultants, looking at how they operate and when it makes sense to use them—or not.
Finance

Running inventory like a Deere

By restructuring the supply chain for one of its divisions, John Deere cut inventory and reduced freight costs to better manage assets and enhance shareholder value.
Finance

The persistent gap between supply and demand

A research study finds that most companies have a long way to go before they can achieve a demand-driven inventory strategy.
Finance

Gauging total cost, supplier by supplier

Because it reveals hidden costs, the "unit total cost" approach to purchasing can help companies accurately evaluate the cost of doing business with individual suppliers.
Strategy

It's your supply chain — secure it!

IBM's top supply chain security executive makes the case for industry/government partnerships and for global supply chain security standards. We are all responsible for securing global supply chains, he says.
Technology

Web services: Will build to suit

The latest trend in computing allows supply chain managers to mix and match existing software programs to customize solutions for their operations.
Columns
Afterword

Mutual aid

Collaboration on humanitarian supply chains is not just a topic for academic research.
Career Ladder

To advance your career, develop a "personal brand"

These days, "doing your job well" doesn't just mean getting results; it also encompasses how you get them.
Chain Reactions

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers
Direct Connection

Forward motion

Next year, CSCMP will turn 45 years old. Talk about a journey!
Monetary Matters

Black Sea nations struggle with rising tide of trade

Total waterborne trade moving through the Black Sea rose 10 percent per year during the last three years.
Perspective

Global warming and you

Will measuring carbon footprints be another onerous requirement with no benefits for business? Actually, it might prove to be a fruitful exercise—and not just for reasons of social responsibility.
Forward Thinking

Globalization a top concern for supply chain managers

It's a big world out there, and supply chain executives know they need to master it. That's one of the takeaways from the latest Ohio State University Survey of Career Patterns in Logistics, presented at CSCMP's 2007 Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Shopping study could shape grocery replenishment

The study turned up some surprising insights that challenge the conventional wisdom about consumer behavior.

Poor logistics performance hampers economic growth

A new study issued by the World Bank identifies "trade logistics"—the capacity to connect to international markets to ship goods—as a critical factor in a country's potential for economic growth.

Fraud strikes four out of five companies worldwide

A recent survey conducted for the risk consulting company Kroll found that four out of five companies have experienced some sort of fraud in the past three years. In every industry sector, companies have lost many millions of dollars to fraud, according to Kroll's latest Global Fraud Report.

Present-day pirates

The general public rarely hears about ocean shipping, but thanks to National Geographic, millions of readers are getting a look at a problem that's unknown even to many importers and exporters: piracy.

Toy recalls: Who's really to blame?

Wherever recalls of Chinese products have cropped up, it's been widely assumed that suppliers were at fault. But that may be untrue in many cases, say two Canadian researchers.

Breaking the supply chain language barrier

More than 20 supply chain practitioners, consultants, and academics came together earlier this year to develop mutually agreed definitions for a number of supply chain metrics.

Put an end to long-term forecasting?

Toss aside the conventional wisdom that says detailed, long-term forecasts are essential to balancing demand and supply. Short-term forecasts can produce more accurate results with a lot less work, a new white paper argues.

The human element

For international supply chain projects, cultural sensitivity, mutual respect, and clear communication can be as important as technology and engineering.

Benchmarking "do's" and "don'ts"

How can companies get the greatest benefits from benchmarking and best practices in their supply chains?

It's about time

Back when most people were hailing quality as the definitive source of competitive advantage, George Stalk had another idea: Although cost and quality matter, the real key to success is time.

The ups and downs of new product launches

Companies often fail to anticipate problems when they launch new products, according to André Kuper, a project manager for Hewlett-Packard Co.
Departments

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

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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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Perspective
Convergence and the future of material handling
The blurring of lines between providers of equipment, software, and other technologies will profoundly change the material handling world—and yours, too.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Supply chain excellence: It's tough to make it to the top—and stay there
Research for Supply Chain Insights' 2017 Supply Chains to Admire list shows that very few companies outperform their peers—and those that do often struggle to maintain their leadership positions.

Research for the Real World
The link between driver turnover and motor carrier safety
While it makes sense that an increase in driver turnover would have a negative effect on the carriers' safety, little is known about the exact nature of the relationship and about whether managers can take steps to mitigate those negative effects.
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.

Forward Thinking
Reshuffled ocean carrier alliances have been good for industry—so far, carrier executives contend
New carrier groupings and industry consolidation not detrimental to shippers, but problems remain, according to speakers at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) conference.

Forward Thinking
Study: consumers prefer in-store shopping over e-commerce
The convenience of in-stock merchandise trumps greater choice and the customization of online inventory, a JDA survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Brexit is already disrupting European supply chains, says U.K. procurement organization
A survey of U.K. and European supply chain managers found that many are reexamining their relationships with suppliers.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce DC of the future to be hybrid of automation, labor, expert says
100 percent automation will never happen, according to Joe Dunlap of real estate and logistics services firm CBRE.

Forward Thinking
New industry group looks to create blockchain standards for the freight industry
The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance seeks to bring together companies that have an interest in the deploying the technology to improve efficiencies in freight transportation.

Forward Thinking
Lights! Camera! Logistics!: interview with Elaine Singleton
Technicolor has been part of the filmgoing fabric for decades. But as Elaine Singleton, the company's vice president of supply chain, explains, there is also a thriving 3PL brand behind the credits.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs will devote more attention and resources to technology and e-commerce in 2018, agency's acting head says
Kevin K. McAleenan outlined priorities for the coming year at last week's CONECT conference.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Driving profitability in an express world
The pressure is on to move to faster and faster delivery to the end consumer. Here are a few strategies shippers can adopt to drive profitability in their transportation networks while still providing what their customers really want.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP names 2017 Emerging Leader Award winners
Nathan Chaney of Mainfreight and David Perez of Cushman & Wakefield will be recognized at CSCMP's annual conference for their contributions as young supply chain professionals.

CSCMP EDGE conference to offer three facility tours
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a Home Depot fulfillment center, and a Kroger distribution center.

CSCMP and TSC Advantage offer cybersecurity resources to protect supply chain
The launch of this new training program comes in the wake of a June cyberattack that disrupted operations at Maersk and FedEx.

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