CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 21, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2008

Share and share alike

Share and share alike

Trading partners have a vested interest in working together to minimize risks that disrupt their businesses. Here's why they should share that responsibility.


Orient express

Small shipments can be costly and inefficient in China. A test of compact cargo containers shows how China's railways can improve shipment security while dramatically cutting transit times for small loads.

Now you see it!

A visual scheduling method allowed one manufacturer to adjust production to meet variations in demand for its make-to-order product.

The greening of Whirlpool's supply chain

At Whirlpool, being green is more than just talk. Not only has the appliance maker taken the lead in developing energy-efficient products, but it has also redesigned its supply chain with an eye toward conserving energy and cutting air pollution.

Small wonders

Don't worry if your company isn't a corporate giant. Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can use supply chain management to drive a corporate strategy that increases revenues and profits.

From chaos to control

In this real-life story, a consumer products company uses the SCOR model to improve its supply chain performance and change the way it approaches problem solving.

Of human potential

It is not often that I find myself moved by a speech at a business conference. But when I heard Randy Lewis speak earlier this year, it touched a nerve.
Career Ladder

Résumé rescue

There are several possible reasons for the lack of response to your résumé submissions, and there are several possible fixes—some easy and some not so easy.
Direct Connection

Opportunity in the face of uncertainty

To say that uncertainties are a challenge for global business leaders is an understatement, given the unpredictable economic dynamics that supply chain pros are confronting today.

Continental shift

A recent survey conducted among CSCMP members turned up evidence of an important shift in supply chain design.
Monetary Matters

U.S. credit crunch squeezes global trade

In today's interconnected and wired world, what happens in one major market inevitably reverberates in others around the globe. So it's not surprising that economies worldwide are feeling the effects of the U.S. economic slowdown.
Forward Thinking

Companies are rethinking offshore sourcing

Concerned about rising transportation costs and longer lead times, nearly half of the supply chain professionals who took part in a new survey on procurement are considering sourcing materials and parts closer to home.

Revamped benchmarking model goes green

Supply chain benchmarking initiatives are beginning to incorporate environmental conditions as a factor for assessment.

Five ways to prepare for an economic downturn

As the United States teeters on the brink of recession, a panel of financial and procurement experts has recommended five ways that procurement professionals can prepare their companies for an economic downturn.

Measuring the social impact of logistics

Proponents of the European "bestLog" project say that logistics best practices should take into account the social and environmental impact of those standards.

Translating SCM into P&L

If you want to get the attention of your company's top executives, you need to speak their language, and that means finding a way to show the impact of supply chain management on the profit and loss statement.

Rollin' on the river—the Yangtze, that is

With manufacturing and consumer demand moving steadily westward in China, that nation's rivers are fast becoming the mode of choice for transporting raw materials and finished goods.

Who operates the best supply chains?

The votes are in, and Apple Inc. has won the top spot in this year's AMR Research report on the world's best supply chain operations.

Leading a diverse workforce

With companies now employing people of every race, nationality, religious background, and age group, author Juana Bordas says, it is good business practice to incorporate the practices and values of diverse cultures in a respectful and productive manner.

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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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
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.

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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."

Forward Thinking
NOAA forecasters predict normal to above-normal 2018 hurricane season
U.S. agency predicts that there will be a less active Atlantic storm season this year compared to last.

Forward Thinking
A blueprint for successful supply chain innovation
How can you foster innovation within the supply chain? The four principles put forth in this article can provide a foundation for implementing new ideas in a way that is successful and can be replicated across the business.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.