CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2009

Finding the perfect fit

Finding the perfect fit

In a world of increasing supply chain complexity, the "one size fits all" approach no longer works. Smart companies are segmenting their supply chains to match customers' needs —a practice that reduces costs and drives up service levels.


Bend, don't break

A four-part approach to creating flexible supply chains is helping the construction industry in the United Kingdom respond better to economic downturns —and recoveries.

New green strategies replace old notions

If companies are to generate savings from "green" initiatives, they need to take a total-cost-of-ownership view and throw out old assumptions underpinning common supply chain practices.

Danger on the high seas

Piracy continues to threaten some of the world's most important shipping lanes. Two defense logistics experts explain the current situation and look at how some governments and private industry are thwarting attacks.

On the road to a smaller carbon footprint

Yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm's initiative to shrink its carbon footprint offers a possible model for other companies that are concerned about their supply chains' greenhouse gas emissions.

Painting a bigger picture

Supermodeling allows a company to take an end-to-end view of its supply chain and make adjustments in production, distribution, and inventory practices to meet changing market demands.

Due respect

The field of logistics and supply chain management has a long way to go to get the recognition and respect it deserves.
Career Ladder

The other side of interviewing

When an applicant goes on an interview, he or she usually is pretty well prepared. But what about the people on the other side of the interviewing table?
Direct Connection

You can't download this

The Annual Global Conference reminded me of the undeniable value of conducting business with colleagues whom we have actually met.
Monetary Matters

New rail service opens up a "Northeast Passage"

In 2008, the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG launched an experimental service between China and Germany by way of Russia.

Wal-Mart's green label and you

Wal-Mart's plans to develop a "green" label for products sold in its stores could become a headache for many supply chain managers —and not just for those in the retail industry.
Forward Thinking

For Wal-Mart, being "best in market" is key to global success

When it comes to supply chain strategies, sometimes "best in market" trumps "world class."

When good times come, workers may go

In a recent survey of supply chain professionals, only 22 percent of the respondents said they were treated well and planned to stay in their current jobs.

Associations offer new load-matching service

Three industry standards groups — VICS, GS1 Canada, and GS1 US — have banded together to offer load-matching services.

Future supply chains could be smarter than their designers

Ten years from now, will your supply chain be smarter than you are? That question might sound strange now, but it could make perfect sense in another decade or so, if a report issued by IBM earlier this year proves to be on the mark.

Practitioners split on cap and trade

Supply chain professionals in North America are divided on the issue of "cap and trade" regulations, according to a recent report issued by eyefortransport.

Poorly made in China

Although the furor over the quality of some Chinese-manufactured products seems to have died down, such problems remain a concern for many companies.

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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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
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

Forward Thinking
Grand Theft Warehousing?
The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

Forward Thinking
Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
Tracking asset provenance poses a huge challenge for global supply chains and insurance providers. Using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies in combination offers a solution that could reshape future supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?

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.

CSCMP Notebook
Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

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.