CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2009

Now's the time for an India strategy

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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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
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
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.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

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.