CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 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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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
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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