CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2010

A little of everything can go a long way

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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
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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.