CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2008

Bridging the gulf between business and academia

Bridging the gulf between business and academia

Educators are reaching out to the corporate world. Why aren't more companies taking advantage of the support they offer?


Leading in the Information Age

The rapidly emerging technology of the Information Age is calling into question many traditional supply chain best practices. In this adaptation from their new book, Start Pulling Your Chain! Leading Responsive Supply Chain Transformation, the authors describe a four-stage transformation process for guiding companies as they move from a traditional, anticipatory approach to a response-based, or "pull," business model.

Is your consultant worth the price tag?

Here's a formula to help you determine whether hiring a consultant for your project will give you a solid payback.

Going offshore? Look before you leap

Companies looking to source overseas because of cheap labor may be in for some costly surprises.

TI's FABulous supply chain

When changes in wafer fabrication added more links to Texas Instruments' supply chain, the semiconductor maker responded by streamlining its operations.

Capital ideas

How you manage your supply chain affects cash flow in more ways than you might realize. Here are some strategies for freeing up working capital and some tools that can help.

Six steps to effective network planning

For the best results, planners should follow a standardized approach. Systematic Network Planning provides a step-by-step guide.

The green tsunami

Based on the current, almost obsessive emphasis on environmental concerns, it appears that the so-called "green wave" is hitting the business world with full force.
Direct Connection

New skills for the 21st century

This is the time of year when supply chain thought leaders are forecasting which topics and trends will be top of mind in the coming months.

School days

Besides universities, there's another educational arena where supply chain professionals should get involved: secondary schools.
Forward Thinking

Failure to ensure supply chain ethics may be risky

Many large companies have implemented ethics and compliance programs, but few seem to have extended such programs to include their global supply chain partners.

New research center to open in South America

MIT's Center for Transportation and Logistics recently signed a 10-year agreement worth $19 million with LOGyCA, a Colombia-based logistics company, to create the Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation.

Supply chain excellence does pay off

According to analysts at AMR Research, the companies on its 2007 list of the 25 best-performing supply chains outperformed the stock market for the third consecutive year.

Chemical makers don't share best practices

Nearly two-thirds of chemical companies responding to an Accenture survey said their companies had no formal processes in place for identifying and sharing their supply chain best practices.

Sweet fuel

Two British environmentalists drove a truck fueled by chocolate some 4,500 miles across Europe and Africa.

Should supply chains go on a "diet"?

Some companies are trying to trim their supply chains by reducing their "food miles."

Putting trust in relationships

In a new book, Stephen M. R. Covey argues that trust can influence the economic success of companies in a global economy.

Live inside the box

To some creative thinkers, ocean containers are objects to be transformed into comfortable and airy living spaces.

Group to develop standard measure for carbon footprints

What should be the yardstick used to measure a supply chain's carbon footprint?

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

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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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Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

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
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.