CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 16, 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.
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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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CSCMP Notebook

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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
Ports of Los Angeles and Antwerp host innovation competition
Annual "hackathon" will award prizes for technology solutions to port and maritime challenges.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to set record in July
Strong consumer spending delays impact of tariffs on Chinese imports, NRF-Hackett report says.

Forward Thinking
The maritime industry's digital future
Companies involved in ocean freight will need to embrace emerging technologies such as big data analytics, blockchain, and automated operations in order to stay afloat, says ABI Research.

Forward Thinking
Amazon enters next phase of logistics build-out with delivery partner program
The initiative aims to create partner relationships that would control the supply of drivers and capacity.

Forward Thinking
Daimler enlists Penske and NFI in electric truck trials
Partners will share data about truck design and performance ahead of full production launch in 2021.

Forward Thinking
JDA acquires artificial intelligence firm Blue Yonder
The deal will add pricing optimization and forecasting replenishment to supply chain software suite, JDA says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Machines are our friends
While many workers fear losing their jobs to automation, those fears—at least in the supply chain—are largely unfounded.

Forward Thinking
Volvo Trucks, FedEx test platooning truck technology
The demo was the first time technology was used on the road in the United States by a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company.

Forward Thinking
Barcoding Inc. partners with Samsung on consumer electronics
Deal will bring more tablets and smartphones to supply chain operations, company says.

Forward Thinking
What can 83 cents an hour buy you? A UPS-Teamster contract
Proposed 5-year pact raises full-timers' pay by 83 cents an hour per year.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

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.

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