CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 28, 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

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Upcoming professional education programs around the world

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Perspective
A different kind of inclusiveness
Organizations that embrace all of the participants in the supply chain offer some benefits that more restrictive groups cannot.

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
Time for change in direction: Seven use cases for hyperledger in the supply chain
To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace to open source technology.

Research for the Real World
The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
U.S. industrial market soars in first quarter with high absorptions, low vacancies, report says
The vacancy rate hit 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017, putting it 300 basis points below the 10-year average, Cushman & Wakefield says.

Forward Thinking
U.S.-Mexico trade relations to survive Trump's anti-trade rhetoric, Mexican official says
The U.S. House's "Border Adjustment Tax" proposal is cause for concern and could affect NAFTA, according to an embassy trade official.

Forward Thinking
Running a large supply chain without advanced analytics is "increasingly unrealistic," says Gartner Research
For companies to take full advantage of "big data," they will need to move beyond the analytic or business intelligence tools embedded in traditional supply chain software.

Forward Thinking
J.B. Hunt funds new supply chain innovation center at University of Arkansas
The J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence will focus on improving supply chain efficiency through technology.

Forward Thinking
Study finds 10 ways to improve supply chain collaboration
A report from research firm SpendEdge report says companies need to pick their partners carefully.

Forward Thinking
Robotics, automation seen as main tools of disruption and competitive advantage, "State of the Industry" report says
Automation will be the norm in five years, report says.

Forward Thinking
Panel of supply chain experts preaches "work smarter, more responsibly"
At the opening session for ProMat 2017, executives from UPS, Boeing, and REI discuss how their companies are benefiting from sustainability efforts.

Forward Thinking
What growing nationalism may mean for procurement
A report from the software and consulting company GEP argues that rising nationalism will mean increases in procurement costs and a growing need for risk-mitigation plans.

Forward Thinking
How Ford is collaborating with suppliers to green its supply chain
By sharing its own best practices with its suppliers, the automaker is on track to save 550 million gallons of water and cut carbon emissions by 500,000 metric tons over the next five years.

Forward Thinking
Lack of internal resources and talent may hinder procurement's digital transformation
A survey by The Hackett Group suggests that procurement organizations are moving forward with major technology implementations without having the needed skills and internal resources.

CSCMP Notebook
In their own words: Members tell why CSCMP is important to them
A new video produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals features members' thoughts on the personal and professional benefits of membership in the organization.

CSCMP EDGE conference announces its lineup of keynote speakers
A writer from Pixar Animation Studio, an artificial intelligence expert, and a war hero will provide advice on leading during times of change.

Tackling the challenge of last-mile delivery
In the latest CSCMP Hot Topics publication, A.T. Kearney analysts predict how companies will respond to the increasing demands and costs associated with e-commerce logistics.

Nominate a promising supply chain star for the CSCMP Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award
Nominations are due May 15.

CSCMP renames its annual conference "CSCMP EDGE"
The rebranded annual conference will provide attendees with an edge on the latest supply chain thinking and research.

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