CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 20, 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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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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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
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
Flood of cross-border e-commerce packages challenges customs authorities to keep up, ensure security
U.S. and other governments are missing trade and product data while struggling to identify security risks for time-sensitive shipments, customs broker says.

Forward Thinking
How the maritime industry can compete in the age of Amazon
Port of Long Beach head says ecosystem must adopt "24/7 thinking" and a range of operational improvements to meet businesses' need for speed.

Forward Thinking
What, me worry about tariffs?
Many international traders are concerned about the possibility of a trade war with China. Their worries may be overstated.

Forward Thinking
Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says
Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds.

Forward Thinking
The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"
New MHI industry report identifies the five key technologies necessary for the next generation of supply chain management and the three biggest barriers standing in the way.

Forward Thinking
Capacity crisis (surprise!) hogs the spotlight at TIA annual conference
Public, private networking chatter focus on the rate pain likely to come.

Forward Thinking
Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study
In spite of growing complexity, more than half of companies are still using pen and paper to manage e-commerce deliveries.

Forward Thinking
Put your trust in crowd sourcing and big data, McAfee urges keynote crowd
In the "digital future," conventional wisdom is replaced with new playbook for business success, MIT author says.

Forward Thinking
Modex keynote provides a how-to guide to "disrupting yourself"
UPS CIO Juan Perez challenges Modex attendees to create a culture of—and structure for—innovation within their company.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds
New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

CSCMP Notebook
Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

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.

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