CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 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
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
Diesel to power smaller share of U.S. truck orders by 2040, study says
Battery electric vehicles to gain share as urban trucking grows, technology improves, IHS Markit report says.

Forward Thinking
Florence flooding keeps Port of Wilmington, NC, closed to trucks until Monday
Planned 14-day closure could squeeze imports of bananas, clementines.

Forward Thinking
Florence's winds continue to slow, but heavy rain triggers road, track, and port closures.
Carriers warn clients of freight delays, as floods shutter logistics sites.

Forward Thinking
Small trials can lead to big results with blockchain and AI, panel says
GE and IBM advise launching internal pilots of emerging technologies, Project44 speakers say.

Forward Thinking
South Carolina ports set all-time monthly box record in August
Figure breaks June's prior record.

Forward Thinking
Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices
Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

Forward Thinking
How to prepare your supply chain for a hurricane
New report from DHL offers tips for "battening down the hatches" when your supply chain is threatened by a major storm.

Forward Thinking
Hurricane Florence threatens to swamp Carolinas by Thursday
CSX, Kion, and others brace for impact and prepare logistics recovery plans as storm brews.

Forward Thinking
ALAN plans response as Hurricane Florence nears east coast
Storm could start dumping rain by Thursday, as two more storms brew in Atlantic.

Forward Thinking
Penn State tops list of best schools for supply chain management
Gartner study also finds industry paychecks on the rise with average starting salary for an MBA with a supply chain concentration at US$88,935.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

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