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September 24, 2017

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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The young and the ambitious
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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Supply chain excellence: It's tough to make it to the top—and stay there
Research for Supply Chain Insights' 2017 Supply Chains to Admire list shows that very few companies outperform their peers—and those that do often struggle to maintain their leadership positions.

Research for the Real World
How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Blockchain consortium sees bright future in supply chain
Trusted IoT Alliance members Bosch, Cisco, and Gemalto will collaborate on open source development.

Forward Thinking
The mall is dead! Long live the mall!
Will Amazon's lease of Cleveland's defunct Randall Park Mall kick start interest in converting the retail icons to industrial use?

Forward Thinking
A "well-crafted digital transformation strategy" is key to fighting increasing supply chain complexity, report says
Technology consulting firm PointSource recommends investing in digital technologies that support business strategies and goals.

Forward Thinking
National Science Foundation awards grant to study multi-echelon inventory optimization
University of Arkansas research seeks to develop software to quickly suggest optimal inventory levels for all nodes in the supply chain.

Forward Thinking
Thailand 4.0
It may be a mid-tier economy right now, but Thailand is aiming for the big leagues. To make that happen, it's embarking on an ambitious growth plan that includes $50 billion in infrastructure spending.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Why liquidation is worth worrying about
Traditionally, retailers have considered the benefits of liquidating unwanted merchandise to be too small to warrant much attention. But there are ways to go about it that can make a significant impact on the bottom line.

Forward Thinking
Blockchain and chatbots will likely have a big impact on supply chain operations in the next year or two, survey finds
The percentage of supply chain organizations investigating the use of blockchain technology and chatbots is up significantly in 2017, says a recent eyefortransport report.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Five ways to ramp up supply chain sustainability
Taking the time to model and analyze both the supply chain costs and environmental impacts of key supply chain decisions can help you be both profitable and sustainable.

Forward Thinking
Pilot project connects blockchain and "smart" pallets
By feeding data from Internet of Things-enabled pallets into its digital ledger system, the chemical manufacturer BASF hopes to improve supply chain visibility and decision making.

Forward Thinking
Harvey moves on, leaving U.S. transportation network with formidable challenges
Trucking operations to resume out of balance, with many truckload carriers, drivers chasing high-margin "FEMA Freight." LTL carriers may see major cost hit.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP names 2017 Emerging Leader Award winners
Nathan Chaney of Mainfreight and David Perez of Cushman & Wakefield will be recognized at CSCMP's annual conference for their contributions as young supply chain professionals.

CSCMP EDGE conference to offer three facility tours
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a Home Depot fulfillment center, and a Kroger distribution center.

CSCMP and TSC Advantage offer cybersecurity resources to protect supply chain
The launch of this new training program comes in the wake of a June cyberattack that disrupted operations at Maersk and FedEx.

Arizona Roundtable wins annual CSCMP supply chain simulation game
Online game teaches participants about risk management through running the supply chain for a simulated company.

An AWESOME choice: CSCMP names Nancy Nix as 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors head of women's supply chain association with its highest honor.

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