CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 22, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2008

Bridging the gulf between business and academia

Strategy
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?

Strategy

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.
Finance

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.
Global

Going offshore? Look before you leap

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

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.
Finance

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.
Manufacturing

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.
Columns
Afterword

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.
Perspective

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?
Departments

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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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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