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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.
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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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