CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 15, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2009

All for one and one for all

Manufacturing
All for one and one for all

To ensure success when they outsource manufacturing, companies need to adopt a community approach with their partners and back it up with collaborative technology.

Strategy

3 steps to strategic sourcing

Best-in-class companies recognize strategic sourcing as a value creator and consider it to be integral to their overall strategies for growth. Here's what it takes to bring your organization up to that level.
Finance

A smarter way to spend your money

When executed properly, a spend management strategy can save cash and accelerate return on investments—even in a down economy.
Logistics

LEGO's game-changing move

The toymaker's bold decision to serve Europe and Asia from the Czech Republic cut logistics costs by 20 percent. But bringing the new operation up to Western European standards wasn't exactly child's play.
Strategy

Keep it clean

Doing business internationally? Strict policies and a comprehensive training program will keep you in compliance with anti-corruption laws.
Strategy

Beyond carbon counting

If a sustainability program is to have lasting value, supply chain organizations must move beyond carbon counting and take a broader view of their environmental responsibilities.
Columns
Perspective

Calling all practitioners

If your experience as a supply chain manager has led you to form a strong position on a supply chain topic, then consider writing an article for this magazine.
Monetary Matters

Why short-sea shipping should succeed in the United States

Although popular in Europe, short-sea shipping remains underutilized in North America despite its potential to offer cost-effective service with low greenhouse gas emissions.
Career Ladder

The right approach to salary negotiations

While you should certainly use your persuasion skills to make sure you receive the pay you deserve, negotiations should also reinforce the employer's decision to hire you.
Direct Connection

Get ready for the recovery—with help from CSCMP

Despite a worrisome picture, the consensus among global supply chain management leaders is that a significant economic recovery is on the horizon ... and that you need to be prepared for it.
Afterword

From the White House to the warehouse

If your company has been struggling with staffing issues, then you might want to learn a thing or two from John Straub.
Forward Thinking

Six steps to energy-efficient supply chains

A new McKinsey & Company white paper identifies six actions shippers and carriers could take to reduce transportation energy consumption by as much as 8 million barrels a day.

Auto suppliers are headed for a shakeout

Asian and European auto suppliers are likely to take over their distressed counterparts as that industry undergoes consolidation, according to the results of a study consulting firm PRTM.

Which countries are riskiest?

Known as the home to bands of seafaring pirates, Somalia now holds the dubious title of the riskiest country in which to conduct business and manage supply chains.

"Reshoring"—the next supply chain trend?

Recently, four Northern California companies pulled some or all of their production out of China and back to the U.S.

"Localization" of product assortments raises inventory and margins

Retailers that offer local and regional product assortments, promotions, and pricing appear to have found a winning strategy.

Happy birthday to U.P.C.!

The now-ubiquitous Universal Product Code celebrated its 35th birthday in June.

The world's largest logistics companies

For the second consecutive year, DHL, CEVA, and Kuehne + Nagel are the world's three largest contract logistics providers, according to a recent report by the British research firm Transport Intelligence.

CFOs overlook the value of procurement

As cost cutting absorbs more of their attention during the economic downturn, many chief financial officers appear to be ignoring supply chain risks.

Corporate culture can block agility

A recent survey of 164 manufacturers conducted by Hitachi Consulting and AMR Research found that corporate cultures often block supply chain innovation and responsiveness.

U.S. logistics costs decline as a percent of GDP

One of the major findings of CSCMP's annual "State of Logistics Report": In 2008 U.S. logistics costs reached $1.3 trillion, or 9.4 percent of the country's $13.8 trillion GDP.
Departments

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
Latest Video

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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Top-Performing Supply Chains
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
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking
Survey: logistics and transportation providers optimistic about fourth quarter economics
Revenue and profitability expected to rise, but concerns linger about workforce shortages, regulatory issues, and trade tariffs, TCompanies finds.

Forward Thinking
Curse of the Internet: E-commerce creates new challenges for customs
Agencies are struggling to process a surging tide of time-sensitive e-commerce shipments while keeping tabs on security and regulatory compliance.

Forward Thinking
Uber poised to double investment in freight unit after making it independent
Otto founder returns to run new standalone business. Move underscores Uber CEO's bullishness on model, company says.

Forward Thinking
Maersk and IBM say 94 groups have signed on to blockchain platform
Partners say "TradeLens" will help users share information among shippers, carriers, and other supply chain partners.

Forward Thinking
Auto-id industry association to study blockchain potential
AIM forms blockchain council to look at opportunities to use blockchain applications with technologies such as the Internet of Things and RFID.

Forward Thinking
MOL plots course for autonomous ships
Research looks at ways to improve fleet navigation and safety.

Forward Thinking
From supply chain to corner office: Beth Ford starts as Land O'Lakes CEO
Ford started at Land O'Lakes in 2012 as its chief supply chain officer.

Forward Thinking
Uber shelves autonomous truck program to focus on driverless cars
No current need to invest in autonomous truck technology, company says.

Forward Thinking
Millennials: No difference in trust, value between parcel delivery firms
Survey of age group finds that trusting a provider not to lose a package is key factor in carrier selection.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: A suggestion for congestion
Congestion wastes time, fuel, and productivity. There must be a better way to manage our infrastructure.

CSCMP Notebook
Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

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