CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
May 27, 2016

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2009

Why you should lead the green charge

Strategy
Why you should lead the green charge

With their experience leading cross-functional initiatives and implementing best practices, supply chain professionals may be in the best position to lead enterprise-wide sustainability efforts.

Procurement

Purchase capacity, not products

Instead of simply buying parts and products from suppliers, manufacturers should reserve those suppliers' capacity. By doing so they'll gain more flexibility, better cost control, and higher product quality.
Technology

A rudder for course correction

"Sales and operations management" (S&OM) offers a strategy—plan-do-check-act—that allows companies to quickly get back on course when events deviate from plan.
Manufacturing

A pet project pays off

A Web portal for communicating order and shipping information improved visibility, timeliness, and accuracy for a pet products company and its contract manufacturers.
Strategy

When supply chains merge: 5 mistakes to avoid

Most mergers and acquisitions fail to live up to expectations. All too often companies focus on quick-fix cost-cutting opportunities and ignore the long-term, strategic supply chain implications. Following these five steps will help you avoid that trap.
Strategy

The making of a Supply Chain Master

To promote the development of supply chain expertise in its ranks, Intel set up a special career track. Its program later inspired CSCMP's Supply Chain Management Professional designation.
Columns
Afterword

Supply chains and peace

Can trade really be a force for peace and stability? It is a tempting proposition for supply chain professionals to embrace.
Perspective

Join the "Green Team"

It seems likely that all companies will soon be required to carbon-map their supply chains to find ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Monetary Matters

Better days ahead—eventually—for U.S. trucking industry

Anyone who does business in or with the United States should be concerned that the last few years have not been kind to the for-hire trucking industry.
Career Ladder

Interviewing? Be prepared!

If it's been some time since you last interviewed for a management position, you might be surprised at how much things have changed.
Direct Connection

CSCMP—your global support network

When you become a member of CSCMP, you become a member of the global family of supply chain managers.
Forward Thinking

Turn supply chain barriers into success

CSCMP Europe keynote details strategies for freeing up cash and reducing supply chain risk.

Few measure carbon footprints

Accenture survey finds only 10 percent actively manage carbon emission levels.

India as economic superpower

New book explores opportunities and obstacles companies in India will face in regard to offshoring, manufacturing, information technology, and, logistics..

Carbon limits could harm trade

Book argues that carbon tax and cap-and-trade could lead to protectionism and interfere with global trade.

Supply chain planning not a high priority for many

Capgemini survey finds that 55 percent say supply chain planning just a support function.

Supply chain executives fear rising protectionism

Survey uncovers concerns that economic troubles will encourage anti-trade initiatives.

Cold supply chain will be crucial to stopping swine flu

Temperature-controlled logistics services will be key to a successful response to the H1N1 flu outbreak.

The Waiting Game

Supply chain professionals are determined to hold out for comparable pay if they lose their jobs.

Cranfield leads the publishing pack

Study lists universities with the most published articles on supply chain topics.
Departments

Yes, there is a national motor carrier in India

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Perspective
The bimodal imperative
Gartner's big message: To succeed in business now and in the future, you need to follow two distinct supply chain paths.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Contract manufacturing
Analysis suggests that the contract manufacturing model is failing to produce supply chain efficiencies and resiliency in the high-tech industry.

Procurement Priorities
Procurement salary surveys: Underpaid and unrecognized
Procurement professionals agree that salaries are too low. Here's what they can do about it.
Forward Thinking
GS1 drafts standards for efficient e-commerce shipping
The e-commerce fulfillment "roadmap" is designed to help harmonize in-store and online fulfillment practices, the group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain community remembers influential educator and thought leader Thomas Speh
Speh passed away this April after 40-plus years of service to the field.

Forward Thinking
Partner-in-Chief: interview with R. Gil Kerlikowske
R. Gil Kerlikowske spent four decades in law enforcement. As head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he's added trade compliance and facilitation to his portfolio and has made building stronger relationships with the trade community a priority.

Forward Thinking
Matthew A. Waller appointed as dean of University of Arkansas' Walton School of Business
The longtime educator and researcher is believed to be the first from the supply chain discipline to hold such a position at a major university.

Forward Thinking
Intermodal congestion problems must be tackled holistically, FMC commissioner says
Dye says solutions must go beyond individual carriers and ports and must come from industry, not feds.

Forward Thinking
Will U.S. manufacturing be back on top?
A new report predicts that by 2020 the United States will replace China as the most competitive manufacturing nation.

Forward Thinking
So you think Amazon rules the world? New report says you ain't seen nothing yet.
A new report says Amazon is prepared to force out other intermediaries that stand between the producer and the consumer.

Forward Thinking
Industrial recession? Yes and no.
Industrial production weakness in the United States has led to increased talk of a recession, but a deeper examination shows that this weakness is highly concentrated in energy and globally exposed sectors.

Forward Thinking
Persistently high inventory levels make things tough for retailers, truckers
January's inventory-to-sales ratio nears seven-year high, dampening demand for orders, trucking services.

Forward Thinking
With e-commerce returns on the upswing, pressure may build on DC demand
Can businesses optimize their existing networks, or will they need to go outside for their requirements?

CSCMP Notebook
Supply chain conference in Peru will feature world-renowned speakers
CSCMP's Peru Roundtable will co-host presentations and discussion sessions on supply chain practices, education, and data analytics, June 22-23 in Lima.

CSCMP announces general session speakers for annual conference
An astronaut who spent a year in space, a digital technology guru from GE, and a drummer all hope to inspire attendees at the CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando.

CSCMP's New York City Roundtable to host session on managing security disruptions
How would your supply chain respond to a "dirty bomb" attack? Test your decision-making skills at a May 17 tabletop exercise run by CSCMP's New York City Roundtable and the Metropolitan Resilience Network.

CSCMP Spain's Supply Chain Leadership Forum 2016 focuses on customer-driven supply chains
The fourth annual event, to be held May 19 in Barcelona, features internationally renowned speakers from Europe, Asia, and the U.S.

CSCMP chairman's commentary: Supply chains, careers, and the value of what we do
Supply chains—and supply chain managers—make the world a better place, playing an essential (but often unheralded) role in enabling economic success.

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