CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 22, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2010

Join the finance revolution

Finance
Join the finance revolution

Major changes underway in supply chain thinking can improve company profitability. To participate in this financial revolution, supply chain managers need to take three important actions.

Strategy

How to put the "strategic" back in supply management

Under pressure to produce "quick wins" in procurement? This seven-step process will help you gain top management's support for strategic sourcing—even in a bad economy.
Procurement

From bean to cup: How Starbucks transformed its supply chain

With operational costs rising and sales declining, the global coffee purveyor implemented a three-step plan to improve supply chain performance, cut costs, and prepare for the future.
Strategy

Does supply chain "fit" matter to investors?

Apparently it does. Companies that match their supply chains to the demand aspects of their products enjoy a higher market capitalization than those without a good supply chain fit.
Strategy

SCM: A foundation for growth

When fast growth led to unacceptably high logistics and inventory costs, the Austrian spice maker Kotányi implemented a supply chain management program to get things under control. That investment helped the company to expand its business and market share while cutting inventory and logistics costs.
Columns
Perspective

Are supply chain leaders born or made?

New research suggests that genetics may play a role in how successful you are as a manager.
Monetary Matters

From supply chain to "supply web"

Global supply patterns have changed dramatically since the beginning of the 20th century— not just once but several times—and they will continue to change over time.
Direct Connection

Today's challenges, tomorrow's achievements

Continued education is a critical element of a successful SCM career.
Afterword

No business continuity plan? Then your work's not done

Every supply chain manager should know that disruption of some sort at some time is inevitable and that disruption can seriously hurt their business.
Career Ladder

To advance your career, make yourself uncomfortable

If you want to advance your career, you will need to come to terms with your discomfort zones by first admitting that you have them and then by taking action to better understand them.
Forward Thinking

Clouds descending on supply chain software

Most companies are using or considering using cloud computing for supply chain applications, suggests Gartner Research study.

Retailing is rocket science

New book says that complex analytics are transforming supply chain performance in the retail industry.

Supply chain talent shortage looms

Researchers at MIT predict that companies will find it increasingly difficult to find supply chain managers with the broad range of skills they need.

China no longer the place for low-cost sourcing

With Chinese labor costs rising fast, manufacturers must act now to control costs for products sourced in Asia, says the CEO of one procurement consulting firm.

More ships will traverse Arctic sea route from Europe to Asia

With warmer temperatures causing sea ice to melt in the Arctic, supply chains may shift northward.

Help your supply chain cope with change

A new book from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor David Simchi-Levi offers practical advice on making supply chains more flexible.

3PL chiefs worry about price pressure, talent shortage

The 2010 edition of an annual study by Northeastern University's Robert C. Lieb reveals the mounting effects of the recession on third-party logistics companies.

"Visionary" companies deploy new strategies for success

A new IBM report explains what supply chain strategies are helping leading companies maintain a competitive edge.

New consortium addresses "x-treme" volatility

The X-treme Supply Chain Consortium seeks to develop a framework for measuring risk factors and analyzing companies' responses to supply chain volatility.

China moves to top of latest Global Trade Flow Index

Although growth was slow, global trade volumes continued to increase in the second quarter of 2010, largely driven by easing of the credit crunch and the rebuilding of inventories in several economies.
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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
Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts
DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Forward Thinking
Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation
The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Just 3 percent of retailers have completed digital transformation projects
Companies plan investment in big data and analytics, the internet of things, and machine learning, SAP says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: New warehouse construction caught up to hot demand in fourth quarter
Sparse availability of industrial space held steady in Q4 after years of declines, real estate group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain cybersecurity threats may rise in 2018, warns Booz Allen
Companies could see an increase in cyber threats such as the NotPetya attack, which shut down container shipping giant Maersk.

Forward Thinking
Toyota announces supply chain research grant recipients
Lift truck maker to fund projects on warehouse automation, electric vehicles, and Industry 4.0.

Forward Thinking
IATA says global airfreight on track for best year since 2010
Gains should continue into 2018, group says, citing solid November results.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports seen growing 7 percent in 2017, NRF-Hackett report says
Total for 2017 expected to come to 20.1 million TEU, topping last year's record.

Forward Thinking
Report urges apparel companies to stop chasing low-cost-country sourcing
As costs rise in all sourcing markets, companies need to switch from a supply chain strategy focused on cost-cutting to one focused on value creation says a Kurt Salmon report.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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