CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 18, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2009

Finding the perfect fit

Strategy
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.

Manufacturing

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.
Procurement

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.
Logistics

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.
Logistics

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.
Strategy

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.
Columns
Afterword

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.
Perspective

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.
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Perspective
La la la, I'm not listening ...
The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

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
More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte
Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

Forward Thinking
Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84
Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance
It's the hottest IT topic to come down the pike in years. Now if people only knew what to do with it.

Forward Thinking
Average size of U.S. warehouses has doubled since 2002, CBRE report finds
The broom in e-commerce has expanded the girth and height of warehouse over the past decade.

Forward Thinking
New coalition looks to educate policymakers and public about importance of the global value chain
Members of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition include five industry associations plus major retailers such as Target, Levi Strauss, and VF Corp.

Forward Thinking
Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world
"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

Forward Thinking
Study: Reverse logistics still a puzzle for omnichannel retailers
The promise of hassle-free returns may keep customers happy, but a recent survey suggests that omnichannel players are still struggling to find the right balance between cost and service.

Forward Thinking
How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event
The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

Forward Thinking
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say
Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2017 conference held in September in Atlanta, Georgia.

CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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