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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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Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
Dutch firm unveils world's first 3-D-printed propeller
"WAAMpeller" breezes through speed trials and crash stop tests.

Forward Thinking
No help needed. Really.
Retailer JD.com set to open chain of fully automated convenience stores in China.

Forward Thinking
Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts
DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Forward Thinking
Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation
The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Just 3 percent of retailers have completed digital transformation projects
Companies plan investment in big data and analytics, the internet of things, and machine learning, SAP says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: New warehouse construction caught up to hot demand in fourth quarter
Sparse availability of industrial space held steady in Q4 after years of declines, real estate group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain cybersecurity threats may rise in 2018, warns Booz Allen
Companies could see an increase in cyber threats such as the NotPetya attack, which shut down container shipping giant Maersk.

Forward Thinking
Toyota announces supply chain research grant recipients
Lift truck maker to fund projects on warehouse automation, electric vehicles, and Industry 4.0.

Forward Thinking
IATA says global airfreight on track for best year since 2010
Gains should continue into 2018, group says, citing solid November results.

CSCMP Notebook
Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

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.

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