CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 23, 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
Webcast

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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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Perspective
Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

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
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
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

Forward Thinking
Wanted: A viable all-water route from Asia to the U.S. Midwest
Despite its potential benefits and easy access to a large consumer market, container shipping on the Mississippi River has not taken off. Entities that stand to benefit the most need to band together, and strong leadership will be required to make it happen.

Forward Thinking
Big Data Analytics—How does your supply chain stack up?
Don't miss your chance to take part in the second annual supply chain big data analytics global survey.

Forward Thinking
Walmart modifies OTIF requirements, tests plan to automate delivery appointments
Retailer changes "on-time, in-full" compliance dates, delivery thresholds.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to grow 4.9 percent in first half of 2018, NRF-Hackett report says
2017 imports finish 7.6 percent above previous year, but growth is expected to moderate in 2018.

Forward Thinking
Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group
Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Forward Thinking
Five ways consumer packaged goods companies can respond to seismic changes in the supply chain
To respond to growth in e-commerce sales and increasing channel fragmentation, CPG companies must increase efficiencies and collaboration while also exploring new technologies, a new report recommends.

Forward Thinking
BNSF joins blockchain group
First railroad to join Blockchain in Transport Alliance.

Forward Thinking
The biggest company you may not know all that much about
China's JD.com has a larger fulfillment footprint than Amazon, a broader delivery network than UPS, and it's forcing Alibaba to re-think its model. It may be coming your way—but not yet.

Forward Thinking
Global air growth climbed 9 percent in 2017; best year since 2010, IATA says
Capacity rose by just 3 percent, creating rare "factor of three" ratio.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

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