CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 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 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

NASSTRAC's new home and focus on the future
Gail Rutkowski, executive director of the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), discusses the critical issues facing the industry and her group's new affiliation with CSCMP.

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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
Study: supply chain management projects to spark jump in IoT investment through 2023
Forrester says inventory tracking and warehouse management will be major use cases in more than one-quarter of $434.9 billion spending forecast.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce, urbanization drive evolution in ground transport sector
DHL research shows 75 percent of companies believe investing in ground transportation will directly support growth.

Forward Thinking
Michael lashes Florida with dangerous winds, closing ports
Many businesses have defenses in place, after witnessing fury of Hurricane Florence and 2017 storms, ALAN says.

Forward Thinking
The quiet case for RFID
New research says that radio frequency identification tags can help companies achieve greater order accuracy than bar-code scanning.

Forward Thinking
Hurricane Michael loads up for a strike on Florida panhandle
Ports of Panama City and Pensacola prepare for wind, rain, floods.

Forward Thinking
Turnover at large truckload fleets in U.S. hits highest level since 2015
Smaller carriers, LTLs also struggle to retain drivers in tight labor market.

Forward Thinking
Study: operational costs of trucking climbed 6 percent in 2017
Increase caused by rise in fuel prices, maintenance on more complex vehicles, higher driver wages, ATRI says.

Forward Thinking
IBM extends blockchain platform for food supply chain
Firm's Food Trust platform to provide product traceability for Carrefour and other subscribers.

Forward Thinking
Amazon opens pop-up parcel delivery site in flooded Wilmington, N.C.
Retailer aids in Hurricane Florence recovery by handling packages in a van parked at a local Whole Foods Market location, Amazon says.

Forward Thinking
Takeoff Technologies partners with U.S.-based Hispanic grocer to launch robotic supermarket
Sedano's Supermakets will soon be able to fulfill orders with AI robots.

CSCMP Notebook
Dell, Drucker, Stephenson, Gattorna feted by CSCMP
CSCMP's Hall of Fame inductions took place at association's annual EDGE conference in Nashville.

ALAN honors Alison Thompson with Lifetime Achievement Award; Home Depot, Estes, The Shippers Group also honored
The organization's Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize supply chain professionals and organizations who demonstrate their commitment to disaster relief efforts.

A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

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.

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