CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 18, 2017

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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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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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
JD teams with Walmart, IBM on blockchain research
Chinese delivery giant will use software to track food shipments in China, firm says.

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.

CSCMP Notebook
Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

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.

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