CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 22, 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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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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