CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 25, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2008

Can you be green and profitable?

Finance
Can you be green and profitable?

Profitability and sustainability don't have to be mutually exclusive. By considering environmental issues when setting financial objectives for a supply chain network analysis, companies can successfully balance the trade-offs between them.

Finance

Identifying critical costs in the supply chain

Companies need to stop beating down suppliers on costs and collaborate with them to control costs for both parties, says Jimmy Anklesaria in his book, Supply Chain Cost Management: The AIM & DRIVE Process for Achieving Extraordinary Results. In this excerpt, he explains how companies can get this process going. The most important steps include understanding how suppliers price their products and identifying suppliers' critical supply chain costs.
Global

The case for "profitable proximity"

Forget low-cost country sourcing as a strategy. Today, a comprehensive approach to procurement requires that companies also consider total supply chain costs and lead times. This means that the most profitable source may be close to home.
Strategy

Time to remodel

The supply chain profession needs a more comprehensive model for measuring the effectiveness of both internal and external supply chain management. Current models don't quite do the job, the authors contend.
Manufacturing

Control is instrumental to Teradyne's success

Like many electronics companies, Teradyne has outsourced the production of its high-end equipment. But that doesn't mean it has given up control of its supply chain. Far from it.
Columns
Afterword

Worried about your future? Relax!

Although things may be pretty dismal in other segments of the economy, it appears that in the supply chain field, everything's going to be all right.
Career Ladder

Do your HR practices measure up?

How do you know if your human resource strategies are actually working? The answer, as is the case in many aspects of business, is to use metrics.
Direct Connection

A guide for uncertain times

While survival is important, supply chain practitioners must do more than just survive ... we need to thrive, so that our customers will, too.
Monetary Matters

A new era in international trade?

Aside from a potential rise in protectionism, there are other, fundamental short-term and long-term factors that have caused Global Insight to take a gloomier view of prospects for international trade growth in the near future.
Perspective

The importance of trust

If pundits are correct in characterizing the future of global commerce as a battle between rival supply chains, then trust takes on critical importance.
Forward Thinking

The quest for global payback continues

An annual study of global supply chain trends conducted by PRTM Management Consultants concluded that supply chain executives are still struggling to make global initiatives pay off for their companies.

Northern Exposure

Ten years from now container ships along the busy Asia-to-Europe trade lane, instead of plying the waters of Southeast Asia and transiting the Suez Canal, might head in the opposite direction, toward the Canadian High Arctic.

Ready to manage risk? Not yet

Supply chain risk levels appear to be rising fast, yet many companies are ineffective in preventing or responding to that situation, according to the results of a study conducted by insurance broker Marsh Inc. and Risk & Insurance Magazine.

Business press group honors Supply Chain Quarterly

A leading U.S. organization for business press editors has named CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly one of the best new publications launched last year.

Big gains for trade management software

According to the research firm ARC Advisory Group, sales of global trade management software totaled US $503 million in 2007 and will reach US $814 million in 2012.

Do-it-yourself carbon calculations

Apparently, executives who need to measure a supply chain's carbon footprint would rather figure out how to do it themselves than use off-the-shelf software to do the job.

Heavy-duty hybrids a non-starter

Don't expect to see heavy-duty trucks using hybrid-engine-style technology anytime soon, says a leading expert in the field.

Biodiesel from bacteria? Sweet!

The raw material for diesel fuel could soon come bubbling up from a vat rather than from the ground.

Outsourcing as a path to growth

Driven by a desire for more supply chain collaboration, businesses expect to expand their reliance on outside partners over the next three years, say executives who participated in a survey conducted by BusinessWeek Research Services and sponsored by SAP.
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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
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
Pacejet Shipping Software and Single Source Systems partner to support logistics platform
Two firms will leverage Infor ERP software, extend life of SyteLine pick, pack, and ship product beyond 2019.

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.

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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