CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 22, 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 Eyjafjallajökull 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
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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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
Commentary: When failure is really not an option
You shouldn't have to worry about the hospital supply chain when wheeled into the OR.

Forward Thinking
Putting logistics on a low-carbon diet
New book explores ways to cut industry's greenhouse-gas footprint.

Forward Thinking
XPO to build highly automated DC in U.K.
The warehouse will open in 2020 and handle consumer packaged goods for Nestle as well as testing new technologies.

Forward Thinking
LevaData announces $12 million venture funding for AI tools
Artificial intelligence software can cut supply chain risk and cost, firm says.

Forward Thinking
Truckers sitting in sweet spot as decade winds down, State of Logistics Report says
Truckers seen taking share from rails as technologies drive down costs, improve service, annual report says; transport, inventory costs climbed well above inflation in '17, it adds.

Forward Thinking
Jump in dedicated revenues highlights strong 2017 for 3PLs, Armstrong says
Dedicated grows much higher than historical average as shippers seek capacity assurance.

Forward Thinking
Home Depot launches pilot for ambitious outbound delivery plan
Four-year, $1.2 billion initiative aimed at making next-day deliveries to all U.S. customers.

Forward Thinking
Transport, warehousing employment gains in the U.S. fueled by warehousing, truck, couriers
U.S. government data shows sector gained 19,000 jobs over April figures.

Forward Thinking
How Unilever funds supply chain innovation
To encourage employees to be more innovative, the consumer packaged goods company set up a microfunding effort for small experimental supply chain implementations.

Forward Thinking
International air freight to have tradable futures market
TAC Holdings establishes platform to remedy pricing "inefficiencies."

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment
The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.

CSCMP launches Supply Chain Professionals Day
The annual event is set for the third Monday in May and will include online photo campaign.

Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

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