CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 23, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2011

Consumer product fraud—how to stop it now

Strategy
Consumer product fraud—how to stop it now

The melamine scare and similar incidents show that consumer goods remain vulnerable to tampering. Here are five strategies for detecting and deterring this type of fraud in your supply chain.

Logistics

Turbocharge your high-tech supply chain

High-tech companies must deal with a high level of demand uncertainty, product obsolescence, and pricing pressures. By taking advantage of five "levers" they can overcome those challenges and cut total supply chain costs by as much as 40 percent.
Global

Sharing supply chains for mutual gain

Kimberly-Clark helped to pioneer the concept of collaborative supply chains. The benefits have been so great that the practice is now sweeping through Europe.
Procurement

Adding value through process mapping

When DineEquity combined the supply and distribution networks for two of its restaurant chains, it used process mapping to identify where to make changes. A top executive tells how this technique helped the company create a single, streamlined supply chain.
Strategy

7 ways everyone can cut supply chain costs

You don’t need to be a corporate giant to save big on supply chain costs. These seven areas offer significant savings opportunities for companies of all sizes and across all industries.
Columns
Perspective

Lessons from Japan's earthquake

The supply chain disruptions resulting from the tragedy in Japan clearly demonstrate why it's important to diversify sources of supply.
Afterword

More than just a job

For the World Food Programme's Stephen Cahill, supply chain delays, disruptions, and costs are literally a matter of life and death.
Career Ladder

How to turn past failure into future success

The ability to accept that you have failed, learn from the experience, and "bounce back" to a position of strength is a hallmark of great leaders.
Direct Connection

Good for business, good for the world

Sustainability is a good thing—for our companies, our customers, our communities, and our grandchildren.
Monetary Matters

The economic impact of e-commerce

E-commerce has altered the practice, timing, and technology of B2B and B2C markets, affecting everything from transportation patterns to consumer behavior.
Forward Thinking

Demand forecasting top of mind for supply chain leaders

A new study highlights how semiconductor makers are trying to improve visibility of demand signals.

Customization to prompt changes in pharma supply chains

Four approaches to supply chain design will provide a source of market differentiation for pharmaceutical manufacturers, says a new report.

Rising supply chain costs will push up retail prices

Some manufacturers and importers plan to pass increases in logistics costs on to retailers and consumers, according to results of a recent survey.

Think "customer chain," not "supply chain"

Consultants Atlee Valentine Pope and George F. Brown Jr. say companies can grow by identifying where their customers find value in the "customer chain."

Mexico draws more production away from Asia, India

Manufacturers that want to move production closer to end users named Mexico as the top location for serving U.S. markets.

High-tech companies worry about supply chain risk

Most technology companies cited supply chain issues among their most worrisome risks.

Japan's problems affect global trade growth

Global trade was flat in Quarter 1 of 2011 due to belt-tightening by governments in the world's major economies and the effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Departments

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

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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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