CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 18, 2017

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?
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Perspective
La la la, I'm not listening ...
The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte
Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

Forward Thinking
Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84
Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance
It's the hottest IT topic to come down the pike in years. Now if people only knew what to do with it.

Forward Thinking
Average size of U.S. warehouses has doubled since 2002, CBRE report finds
The broom in e-commerce has expanded the girth and height of warehouse over the past decade.

Forward Thinking
New coalition looks to educate policymakers and public about importance of the global value chain
Members of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition include five industry associations plus major retailers such as Target, Levi Strauss, and VF Corp.

Forward Thinking
Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world
"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

Forward Thinking
Study: Reverse logistics still a puzzle for omnichannel retailers
The promise of hassle-free returns may keep customers happy, but a recent survey suggests that omnichannel players are still struggling to find the right balance between cost and service.

Forward Thinking
How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event
The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

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.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

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.

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