CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2010

Get out your calculators

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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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.