CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 20, 2018

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

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

Upcoming professional education programs around the world
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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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
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
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."

Forward Thinking
NOAA forecasters predict normal to above-normal 2018 hurricane season
U.S. agency predicts that there will be a less active Atlantic storm season this year compared to last.

Forward Thinking
A blueprint for successful supply chain innovation
How can you foster innovation within the supply chain? The four principles put forth in this article can provide a foundation for implementing new ideas in a way that is successful and can be replicated across the business.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Will Amazon suck oxygen out of the driver room?
As the e-tailer eyes partnerships with fleets of three or more trucks, some worry it will reduce the driver pool in the U.S. even more.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

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