CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 14, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2010

Keep your supply chain healthy—in bad times and good

Strategy
Keep your supply chain healthy—in bad times and good

Companies need to work with their suppliers, restrain cost cutting, and stick to fundamental supply chain strategies to ensure that their supply chains are ready to move forward when the economy recovers.

Global

"Go West" into China ... carefully

Companies that are considering moving production into China's interior must weigh the trade-offs of lower costs against the impact on their supply chains.
Finance

Neways invests for success

What do you do when a supplier possesses proprietary technology that adds great value to your products? For Neways Enterprises, the answer was to buy a piece of the company.
Logistics

An enlightened approach to distribution

Collaborative distribution can show you the path to lower supply chain costs and carbon emissions.
Procurement

4 steps to rebuilding customer-supplier relationships

Many customer-supplier relationships were weakened or damaged during the economic downturn. To rescue them, both sides need to acknowledge past mistakes, identify the causes of those problems, take corrective action, and monitor the results.
Columns
Perspective

The brass ring beckons

The results of a recent study about career paths could encourage supply chain professionals to set their sights on achieving an executive position.
Afterword

Outsourcing lessons from a master

It's just a hunch, but I'm going to guess that your summer reading list did not include anything by Oliver Williamson.
Career Ladder

Get to know your customer

If you want to significantly improve your chances of becoming a senior leader, getting to know the customer is essential.
Direct Connection

Is the right talent on your team?

When the economy revives and companies have to bring capacity back online, it won't be a simple matter of getting the motors running and equipment working again.
Monetary Matters

Globalization, China, and the "bullwhip effect"

The relationship of the United States and China offers a clear example of how the bullwhip effect applies on an international scale.
Forward Thinking

Apple's supply chain still on top of the pile

Consumer electronics company tops AMR Research's annual listing of companies with the best supply chains.

Supply chain managers moving up the corporate ladder

A new study suggests that an increasing number of companies are recognizing the importance of having a highly placed supply chain leader in the organization.

Network redesign emerges as top priority in tough times

Companies see revising their distribution networks as one of the best ways to respond to challenging economic conditions.

Large companies cut back on the number of suppliers

The largest companies have trimmed the ranks of their suppliers by 15 percent, according to one vendor of supplier management software.

For U.S. companies, Mexico is best bet for low-cost manufacturing

A recent study by the consulting firm AlixPartners determined that in 2009 Mexico was the most cost-competitive country for U.S.-based companies to manufacture their products.

Industrialized nations may lose infrastructure edge

Providers of logistics and transportation services should be prepared to operate in a world with inadequate infrastructure.

Collaborate with rivals? For some, it pays off

A recent study found that when it comes to logistics operations, many companies would be willing to collaborate with their competitors in order to cut shipping costs.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Bric economies outpace overall growth in global trade

While overall growth in global trade was sluggish in the first quarter of 2010, Brazil, Russia, India, and China bucked the trend by showing strong trade increases over the past quarter.
Departments

Letters to the Editor

Letters and comments from our readers

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CSCMP Notebook

Upcoming professional education programs around the world
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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
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.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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