CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 18, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2009

Now's the time for an India strategy

Global
Now's the time for an India strategy

A growing consumer market and tax-law changes make it an ideal time for multinational companies to start setting up supply chains in India.

Logistics

What do we really mean by supply chain management?

In this brief excerpt from his book, Future Logistics Challenges, Leif Enarsson of Sweden's Gothenburg University wonders why after all these years we still haven't arrived at a common definition of supply chain management.
Global

How to build better relationships in China

Your usual ways of doing business and managing suppliers may not be effective in China. Here's advice on developing and maintaining strong supplier partnerships in this important trading nation.
Procurement

Cost-saving strategies for contracts

When was the last time you reviewed your outsourcing agreements? Taking a fresh look at those contracts can help you cut costs in tough economic times.
Technology

The "Long Tail" of e-commerce standards

The Long Tail concept dictates that only 80 percent of a group will agree on using a particular standard. For electronic commerce, that's a problem given the emergence of competing formats for data transmissions. New technologies may offer a solution.
Strategy

The software question: To buy or build?

Candy makers Just Born Inc. and The Hershey Company took different approaches to network optimization: One used a customized software package, while the other chose a commercially available solution. Here's why they made those decisions.
Columns
Afterword

A sensible response to rising costs

A currency fluctuation here, a commodity shortage there, and what has long seemed a perfectly sound approach to business suddenly makes no sense at all.
Career Ladder

Recruiters: A valuable career resource

No one's job is guaranteed, and it is a good idea to start the search process now so that you will be prepared in case your situation changes.
Direct Connection

We're here for you—in good times and in bad

Before you think about cutting back on your support of CSCMP, consider that it's precisely when times get tough that you need the support of your association.
Monetary Matters

Despite slowdown, L.A./Long Beach ports still reign

When the global economy improves, will congestion in the two San Pedro Bay ports return, or will shippers and carriers be wary of replicating the conditions that led to congestion in the early part of the decade?
Perspective

Where do you want be next year?

If you don't give some thought to the road ahead, you might find yourself stuck at a dead end when the economy does turn around.
Forward Thinking

The high price of supply chain disruptions

A study sponsored by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has quantified the financial impact of a supply chain breakdown, and it isn't cheap.

How much CO2 is in your OJ?

According to PepsiCo, each half-gallon carton of its orange juice results in the release of 3.75 pounds (1.7 kilograms) of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Retail revolution: Data synchronization comes to Russia

Metro Group AG says it is the first retailer to synchronize item-level store data with key suppliers in Russia.

The case for intelligent supply chain design

Researchers have found that manufacturers that have designed their supply chains for their particular type of products achieve a higher return on assets than manufacturers that do not.

U.S. companies now use fewer overseas suppliers

Preliminary results from a study by the data-analysis firm Panjiva confirms what many have suspected: U.S. companies cut their global supply base last year in response to the worldwide economic downturn.

Europe still hiring supply chain talent

What are supply chain professionals making in the United Kingdom these days? Salary surveys conducted by Purcon Recruitment Services, tell the tale.

Foldable design cuts containers down to size

f a venture by a pair of engineering professors from the Indian Institute of Technology and a former banker succeeds, ocean carriers and equipment leasing companies will be able to fold up the big steel boxes for storage.

Little green schoolhouse

Signaling the growing interest in the connection between environmentalism and supply chain management, colleges and universities on every continent are now teaching "green" supply chain management and logistics courses.
Departments

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

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Perspective
Time for some scenario planning?
Be prepared: Policy changes that come about as a result of the president-elect's simplistic view of international trade could impact your supply chain costs with little warning.

Procurement Priorities
Procurement: It's time to automate!
Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Carter's: A story of supply chain leadership
The children's apparel company Carter's has made significant improvements to its supply chain by leveraging scale while managing complexity.

Research for the Real World
Governance models for regional logistics hubs, and why they matter
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Attention, supply chain professionals: The world's problems cannot be solved without your help
Supply chain organizations should work with governments and nonprofit groups to feed the world, heal the sick, save the planet, and make money too, says a new report from the research group SCM World and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Forward Thinking
Holiday returns volumes reach new high, UPS says
The surge in e-commerce returns has pushed retailers and carriers to cut reverse logistics costs.

Forward Thinking
New government report highlights best practices for improving U.S. port productivity
The U.S. Commerce Department has compiled suggestions for improving port operations, reducing disruptions, and improving competitiveness.

Forward Thinking
Why blockchain is not just for banks
If global supply chains are to gain the full benefit of this technology for managing payments and related data, all parties that play a role in global trade must be involved.

Forward Thinking
Luxembourg supply chain center appoints new director
Professor Benny Mantin will serve as director of the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a joint partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Luxembourg government.

Forward Thinking
GE opens wallet to boost 3-D printing
The company now offers financing for businesses buying additive manufacturing machines.

Forward Thinking
Toyota names winners of grants to study supply chain tech
The lift truck vendor selected projects on location-based data on forklift drivers, changing material handling system requirements, and Internet of Things.

Forward Thinking
New e-book identifies five stages of supply chain design maturity
The software company Llamasoft has published a guide to making better decisions about supply chain design.

Forward Thinking
U.S. industrial property demand to stay strong in '17, CBRE forecasts
A logistics and real estate firm forecasts that e-commerce will fuel another surge in demand.

Forward Thinking
Dutch team pushes blockchain technology for logistics data
This US$2.3 million initiative would use the security protocol to protect supply chain records.

CSCMP Notebook
2016 Rainmakers and Thought Leaders Reception and Dinner
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly and sister publication DC Velocity hosted their annual reception and dinner at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

MercuryGate renews conference partnership with CSCMP
Cloud-based transportation system provider will serve as the premier sponsor of CSCMP's 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.

CSCMP's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources
CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

Food from CSCMP Stop Hunger Now event being used to support relief efforts in Haiti
The food packages assembled during the pre-conference volunteer event were part of a 175,000-pound shipment of food and medicine to nonprofits providing Hurricane Matthew relief.

CSCMP Educators Conference fosters collaboration between academia and business world
Opening remarks highlight how the conference has evolved to integrate more members of the supply chain community.

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