CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 15, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2010

Get out your calculators

Finance
Get out your calculators

The new International Financial Reporting Standards may require you to change the way you value inventory and measure other performance indicators.

Strategy

The tax factor in global site selection

Before you pick a location for a manufacturing plant overseas, consider the impact of foreign enterprise income taxes.
Finance

At Kraft, cash is king

When Kraft Foods needed to cut costs and free up cash, its supply chain organization rose to the challenge. Better inventory turnover played a leading role in boosting cash flow by 20 percent.
Logistics

Time for a checkup?

If you haven't improved your logistics network for a while, it might be time for an examination. Here's a five-step method that can cut logistics costs by 10 to 20 percent.
Logistics

What's the best design for your dedicated fleet?

When weighing the cost and service benefits of a dedicated truck fleet, consider alternative designs. In many cases, a design with the potential to bring drivers back home on a regular basis will be the best option.
Columns
Perspective

Does your company need a supply chain SWAT team?

Kraft's approach to tackling a companywide mandate to free up cash could help you address supply chain issues, too.
Monetary Matters

Tighter air security will need a deft touch to avoid economic harm

In August 2010, the United States will require 100 percent of cargo shipped on passenger aircraft to be screened by security personnel, machines, or specially trained dogs.
Afterword

Logistics wins (and loses) a sale

One company's supply chain stumble can be another's gain.
Career Ladder

The rise of the Chief Procurement Officer

More and more companies are centralizing purchasing and looking for managers with strategic leadership skills.
Direct Connection

San Diego—you need to be here!

Just about anyone who's involved in supply chain management will converge on San Diego for CSCMP's 2010 Annual Global Conference.
Forward Thinking

Factor future inflation into purchasing now

Supply chain and procurement managers must change their expectations that input prices will continually fall, says one consultant.

Distribution center operating costs decline

A survey conducted by the Supply Chain Consortium finds that DC operating costs as a percentage of revenue have dropped over the last two years.

Who benefits most from optimization tools?

Because asset performance is a top priority for manufacturers, they are likely to get the best return from supply chain-network optimization software.

Supply chain savings at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores is using supplier scorecarding and strategic sourcing of food products to cut costs worldwide.

Germany gets top marks for international trade logistics

Germany tops the World Bank's ranking of nations' capacity to facilitate international trade logistics.

Companies struggle to build "cash culture"

Many companies that are fighting to free up cash in their supply chains have not taken the necessary steps to make that happen.

New book advises: Give both parties a stake in outsourcing

A new book says that 3PL relationships will improve when both company and supplier have a vested interest in each other's success.

Clearinghouse could help to combat product fraud

A new report recommends several ways manufacturers can monitor their supply chains to detect and prevent adulteration and counterfeiting.

Supply chain education for salespeople

A new course offered by a U.K.-based consulting firm teaches sales representatives to consider the cost consequences before they make delivery promises.

Space agency seeks down-to-earth opportunities for supply chain software

NASA hopes the supplier risk management software it developed will soon make its way into the commercial sphere

Software vendors offer carbon mapping tools

A number of carbon management software vendors have introduced applications that help companies measure their emissions of carbon dioxide, the gas often blamed for global warming.

iPhones as bar-code readers?

Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group says he's heard of at least one company that's using a low-cost iPhone application to scan bar codes in its warehouse.
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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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