CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 20, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2008

Can you be green and profitable?

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Happy (or maybe not) New Year
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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
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
Commentary: Manufacturing quality reimagined: The hidden power of your data
Manufacturers that only use quality data in a reactive manner at the local plant level are missing out on opportunities to generate large-scale, enterprisewide savings.

Forward Thinking
Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

Forward Thinking
Grand Theft Warehousing?
The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

Forward Thinking
Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
Tracking asset provenance poses a huge challenge for global supply chains and insurance providers. Using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies in combination offers a solution that could reshape future supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?

Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

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

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.