CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 19, 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.
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Upcoming professional education programs around the world

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Perspective
Let's throttle back a bit
Disruptive supply chain technologies that could profoundly change the way we manage inventory, deliver products, and interact with customers are being developed—and implemented—at breakneck speed. Are we moving too fast?

Procurement Priorities
Starved for resources?
Sustainable procurement now has management's attention. But a recent study finds that executives may not be willing to commit the human and financial resources needed for such programs to succeed.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Supply chain excellence: It's tough to make it to the top—and stay there
Research for Supply Chain Insights' 2017 Supply Chains to Admire list shows that very few companies outperform their peers—and those that do often struggle to maintain their leadership positions.

Research for the Real World
How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
The impact of Brexit: Three key logistics concerns
The United Kingdom's upcoming exit from the European Union could severely disrupt the island nation's logistics industry by raising fuel prices, exacerbating driver shortages, and impeding border crossings.

Forward Thinking
Five corporations pledge to change their supplier codes of conduct to fight forced labor in their supply chains
Ford, GM, Hormel, Marriott, and Michael Kors have all committed to prohibiting suppliers from using unethical labor brokers.

Forward Thinking
The warehouse as classroom: New supply chain academies target entry-level employees
Western Michigan University programs will teach unemployed area residents warehousing and inventory control skills while providing management and supervisory opportunities for the university's undergraduates.

Forward Thinking
Want a world-class procurement organization? Start with digital technology, research report says
Companies that are looking to slash procurement costs should design their processes around new technologies such as predictive analytics, social media, robotic process automation, and artificial intelligence, according to The Hackett Group.

Forward Thinking
Direct-to-consumer supply chains: Not just for retail anymore
A survey by LCP Consulting and Cranfield University finds that the majority of manufacturers think that shipping directly to the consumer holds growth potential.

Forward Thinking
U.S. sea container imports on record pace for 2017
The rise in seagoing import traffic will make August the busiest month on record, according to the most recent "Global Port Tracker" report.

Forward Thinking
Beyond recycling: To form a truly "circular supply chain," companies need to go to the next level
A report from the consulting firm Accenture says that not enough companies are fully exploring opportunities to reuse, refurbish, remanufacture, or extend the life of their products.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shipments of asset tracking devices could triple by 2022
Improved technology produces better sensors for Internet of Things.

Forward Thinking
Survey: manufacturers seek "smart factories"
The Internet of Things could provide widespread visibility and improved quality by 2022, Zebra says.

Forward Thinking
What "America First" could mean for your supply chain
A recent report from PwC asserts that the Trump administration's trade agenda represents a dramatic shift from the past and recommends that companies prepare by getting better visibility into where their parts and supplies are coming from.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and TSC Advantage offer cybersecurity resources to protect supply chain
The launch of this new training program comes in the wake of a June cyberattack that disrupted operations at Maersk and FedEx.

Arizona Roundtable wins annual CSCMP supply chain simulation game
Online game teaches participants about risk management through running the supply chain for a simulated company.

An AWESOME choice: CSCMP names Nancy Nix as 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors head of women's supply chain association with its highest honor.

CSCMP's annual conference to focus on leading-edge thinking
CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is expected to draw more than 3,000 supply chain processionals from across the globe.

Hunting for qualified interns? Ask CSCMP!
CSCMP's online Career Center has a new feature dedicated to internships.

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