CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 26, 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.
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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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Perspective
Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

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
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye to eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Wanted: A viable all-water route from Asia to the U.S. Midwest
Despite its potential benefits and easy access to a large consumer market, container shipping on the Mississippi River has not taken off. Entities that stand to benefit the most need to band together, and strong leadership will be required to make it happen.

Forward Thinking
Big Data Analytics—How does your supply chain stack up?
Don't miss your chance to take part in the second annual supply chain big data analytics global survey.

Forward Thinking
Walmart modifies OTIF requirements, tests plan to automate delivery appointments
Retailer changes "on-time, in-full" compliance dates, delivery thresholds.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to grow 4.9 percent in first half of 2018, NRF-Hackett report says
2017 imports finish 7.6 percent above previous year, but growth is expected to moderate in 2018.

Forward Thinking
Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group
Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Forward Thinking
Five ways consumer packaged goods companies can respond to seismic changes in the supply chain
To respond to growth in e-commerce sales and increasing channel fragmentation, CPG companies must increase efficiencies and collaboration while also exploring new technologies, a new report recommends.

Forward Thinking
BNSF joins blockchain group
First railroad to join Blockchain in Transport Alliance.

Forward Thinking
The biggest company you may not know all that much about
China's JD.com has a larger fulfillment footprint than Amazon, a broader delivery network than UPS, and it's forcing Alibaba to re-think its model. It may be coming your way—but not yet.

CSCMP Notebook
Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

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