CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 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

NASSTRAC's new home and focus on the future
Gail Rutkowski, executive director of the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), discusses the critical issues facing the industry and her group's new affiliation with CSCMP.

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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
Study: supply chain management projects to spark jump in IoT investment through 2023
Forrester says inventory tracking and warehouse management will be major use cases in more than one-quarter of $434.9 billion spending forecast.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce, urbanization drive evolution in ground transport sector
DHL research shows 75 percent of companies believe investing in ground transportation will directly support growth.

Forward Thinking
Michael lashes Florida with dangerous winds, closing ports
Many businesses have defenses in place, after witnessing fury of Hurricane Florence and 2017 storms, ALAN says.

Forward Thinking
The quiet case for RFID
New research says that radio frequency identification tags can help companies achieve greater order accuracy than bar-code scanning.

Forward Thinking
Hurricane Michael loads up for a strike on Florida panhandle
Ports of Panama City and Pensacola prepare for wind, rain, floods.

Forward Thinking
Turnover at large truckload fleets in U.S. hits highest level since 2015
Smaller carriers, LTLs also struggle to retain drivers in tight labor market.

Forward Thinking
Study: operational costs of trucking climbed 6 percent in 2017
Increase caused by rise in fuel prices, maintenance on more complex vehicles, higher driver wages, ATRI says.

Forward Thinking
IBM extends blockchain platform for food supply chain
Firm's Food Trust platform to provide product traceability for Carrefour and other subscribers.

Forward Thinking
Amazon opens pop-up parcel delivery site in flooded Wilmington, N.C.
Retailer aids in Hurricane Florence recovery by handling packages in a van parked at a local Whole Foods Market location, Amazon says.

Forward Thinking
Takeoff Technologies partners with U.S.-based Hispanic grocer to launch robotic supermarket
Sedano's Supermakets will soon be able to fulfill orders with AI robots.

CSCMP Notebook
Dell, Drucker, Stephenson, Gattorna feted by CSCMP
CSCMP's Hall of Fame inductions took place at association's annual EDGE conference in Nashville.

ALAN honors Alison Thompson with Lifetime Achievement Award; Home Depot, Estes, The Shippers Group also honored
The organization's Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize supply chain professionals and organizations who demonstrate their commitment to disaster relief efforts.

A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

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.

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