CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 23, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2011

Sony Electronics' S&OP journey

Strategy
Sony Electronics' S&OP journey

To improve forecast accuracy and collaboration with retail partners, Sony Electronics integrated its S&OP and CPFR programs. The results exceeded both Sony's and the retailers' expectations.

Global

Should we tax truckers for time on the road?

Optimizing truck movements offers developed countries the best opportunity to maximize scarce infrastructure resources. To achieve that goal, governments should tax motor carriers for highway utilization on the basis of time as a way to encourage better routing of shipments.
Procurement

10 best practices you should be doing now

Want to be a "best in class" organization? Then follow the lead of highly successful companies and adopt these 10 practices in your own operation.
Strategy

Improve your odds

No matter how hard you work to reduce uncertainty in your supply chain, you'll still have to make critical "bets" before key data become available. This three-step approach to decision making will improve your chances of making the right calls.
Manufacturing

"Guerrilla Lean": Leading a Lean initiative from below

By laying the proper groundwork and working effectively with their peer group, middle managers can gradually implement lean practices and make big operational improvements—without leadership from the top.
Columns
Perspective

Worried? Then act now

It's no surprise that anxiety levels among supply chain execs are high. But don't let worries prevent you from taking action.
Afterword

Is that an iPad in your warehouse?

Consumer technologies are showing up in warehouses and DCs, where they're driving double-digit performance gains.
Direct Connection

It's not just what you say, it's how you say it

To be successful, a supply chain manager needs strong interpersonal communication skills.
Monetary Matters

The Canada-U.S. connection

These two neighbors exchanged goods and services valued at more than US $700 billion in 2009.
Career Ladder

Are you overpaying your sales staff?

Many providers of supply chain services compensate their sales force using approaches that are more suited to start-ups than to mature, established businesses.
Forward Thinking

Supply chain chiefs worry about the future

A new report by the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium concludes that supply chain executives have a higher level of uncertainty about the future than they did in the past.

More CFOs oversee supply chain projects

More chief financial officers are looking over the shoulders of supply chain executives, according to the results of a new study by the consulting firm Accenture.

Demand variability is biggest supply chain challenge

According to the results of a recent survey of chief supply chain officers, mastering demand variability in order to devise accurate product forecasts is their top challenge.

Protect your supply chain with a continuity plan

If you want to avoid a disruption in your supply chain operation, then you'd better develop a business-continuity plan, says Betty A. Kildow in her new book, A Supply Chain Management Guide to Business Continuity.

Companies to test "shared" supply chain in Europe

The Consumer Goods Forum predicts that a decade from now, "distribution logistics will no longer be a competitive playing field."

Pipe dream?

An engineering physicist at the University of Perugia in Italy has an idea about how to use pneumatic pipes to move freight.

What's ahead for supply chains in 2011?

Here are 10 trends that will affect manufacturers' supply chains this year, according to IDC Manufacturing Insights analysts Simon Ellis and Kimberly Knickle.

U.S. regains position as leading economy

Global trade in Q4 of 2010 rose 2.5 percent quarter-over-quarter, a slightly slower pace than we saw in the previous quarter that was due to increased austerity measures in the major economies.
Departments

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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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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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
Genpact acquires Barkawi in merger of consulting firms
Supply chain management services will focus on consumer packaged goods, industrial manufacturing, and high-tech sectors, Genpact says.

Forward Thinking
GE goes 3-D
General Electric donates three-dimensional printers to schools to help promote additive manufacturing.

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.

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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