CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 18, 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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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
Convergence and the future of material handling
The blurring of lines between providers of equipment, software, and other technologies will profoundly change the material handling world—and yours, too.

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
The link between driver turnover and motor carrier safety
While it makes sense that an increase in driver turnover would have a negative effect on the carriers' safety, little is known about the exact nature of the relationship and about whether managers can take steps to mitigate those negative effects.
Forward Thinking
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say
Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

Forward Thinking
Reshuffled ocean carrier alliances have been good for industry—so far, carrier executives contend
New carrier groupings and industry consolidation not detrimental to shippers, but problems remain, according to speakers at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) conference.

Forward Thinking
Study: consumers prefer in-store shopping over e-commerce
The convenience of in-stock merchandise trumps greater choice and the customization of online inventory, a JDA survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Brexit is already disrupting European supply chains, says U.K. procurement organization
A survey of U.K. and European supply chain managers found that many are reexamining their relationships with suppliers.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce DC of the future to be hybrid of automation, labor, expert says
100 percent automation will never happen, according to Joe Dunlap of real estate and logistics services firm CBRE.

Forward Thinking
New industry group looks to create blockchain standards for the freight industry
The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance seeks to bring together companies that have an interest in the deploying the technology to improve efficiencies in freight transportation.

Forward Thinking
Lights! Camera! Logistics!: interview with Elaine Singleton
Technicolor has been part of the filmgoing fabric for decades. But as Elaine Singleton, the company's vice president of supply chain, explains, there is also a thriving 3PL brand behind the credits.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs will devote more attention and resources to technology and e-commerce in 2018, agency's acting head says
Kevin K. McAleenan outlined priorities for the coming year at last week's CONECT conference.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Driving profitability in an express world
The pressure is on to move to faster and faster delivery to the end consumer. Here are a few strategies shippers can adopt to drive profitability in their transportation networks while still providing what their customers really want.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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.

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