CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 30, 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
Beyond the bottom line
If you dig up significant cost savings, why not use some of that windfall for a good cause?

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
Now's the time to manage "tail spend"
By managing their companies' smaller, low-dollar purchases, procurement leaders can better achieve their larger, strategic priorities.
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?

Forward Thinking
Cisco opens Houston innovation center to develop new supply chain technology
Company may market solutions to outside firms, executive says.

Forward Thinking
When "moneyball" meets procurement
The global logistics conglomerate Maersk Group analyzes data from its online auctions to identify sourcing strategies.

Forward Thinking
CPOs lack faith in their staff, survey finds
A Deloitte survey of chief procurement officers found that the majority of CPOs are not confident in their teams' ability to deliver on their procurement strategy. Many are relying on technology to fill the gap.

Forward Thinking
Increase in warehouse, DC labor costs has ripple effect on rental rates, CBRE study finds
A dollar-an-hour wage increase is equal to a 37-percent jump in industrial rents, says a recent study.

Forward Thinking
Reverse logistics could spark surge in warehouse, DC demand, CBRE report says
Space will be needed to support returns that current facilities can't handle, firm says.

Forward Thinking
Worldwide spending on robotics to reach more than $135 billion in three years
Robotics spending in process manufacturing and health care are each forecast to nearly double by 2019, says a new report from IDC.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Global economy in a holding pattern
Gains in mature economies have not been significant enough to offset losses in emerging countries.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Supply chain simulation game provides unique education and networking opportunities
In CSCMP's Roundtable Global Challenge, teams from around the world battle it out to create the best-run supply chain for a fictional juice company.

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