CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 15, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2010

A little of everything can go a long way

Finance
A little of everything can go a long way

When products don't sell very much, conventional wisdom calls for reducing assortments and tailoring them to local conditions. But the opposite approach—stocking small quantities of each product at every store and centralizing replenishment decisions—has been shown to increase sales and reduce inventories without raising costs.

Strategy

ASICS keeps pace with growing demand

ASICS America's single distribution center couldn't keep up with surging demand for its athletic shoes and apparel. Changing its distribution pattern and adding another warehouse helped the company manage both current sales and future growth.
Strategy

Should you swap commodities with your competitors?

Swapping commodities with other manufacturers instead of shipping internationally can greatly reduce transportation costs and boost profits. Finding the right swap partner will help you avoid the risks that are inherent in these arrangements.
Strategy

How to write a Vested Outsourcing contract

In this excerpt from the book Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, the authors explain how to write contracts that allow an outsourcing partner to profit in exchange for achieving the desired performance outcome.
Logistics

Box size does matter

The right assortment of carton sizes will improve operational efficiency and reduce material, freight, and labor costs. Shippers can determine the right mix by analyzing order history data and examining the frequency of use for current carton sizes.
Columns
Perspective

Supply chain versus the volcano

The disruption to air traffic caused by Iceland's EyjafjallajŲkull volcano is a reminder of why we should prepare for both expected and unexpected supply chain risks.
Afterword

Dealing with our oil addiction

Will the Deepwater Horizon disaster spur us to develop new sources of energy?
Career Ladder

There's more to performance management than metrics

Getting people to consistently perform at a high level requires more than implementing an incentive program.
Monetary Matters

How to find savings in reverse logistics

Monitoring returns can cut credit issuance by as much as 30 percent, adding directly to the bottom line.
Direct Connection

Keeping it personal in a digital world

While electronic communication has become a permanent part of our daily lives, face-to-face communication is still important for supply chain success.
Forward Thinking

Get ready to go mobile

Distribution operations in the future will need to support mobile commerce, such as consumers ordering and paying for products with their smart phones.

Sharing tech talent could help supply chains

A pilot program encouraging companies to share technological expertise will soon be under way.

Logistics outsourcing is most common subject of academic articles

Information technology was the second most common subject of academic papers.

More retailers to merge store, online inventory

The need for inventory reduction will drive the integration, creating a common pool of stock for both types of retail operations.

It's time to rethink the MBA

Even before the economic downturn, employers had begun questioning the value of an MBA.

Lower costs, better quality top manufacturers' agendas

Respondents' most important supply chain initiative in the coming year was in a completely different area: improving product quality.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Trade stabilizing as economies emerge from recession

World trade growth was flat in Quarter 4 of 2009, at about US $1.626 trillion.
Departments

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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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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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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