CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
May 02, 2016

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2011

A commanding view

Strategy
A commanding view

For companies that are struggling to get an end-to-end view of their global supply chains, taking command of multi-enterprise visibility issues in ways that combine real-time information, event processing, and advanced analytics may provide the answer.

Strategy

wehkamp.nl takes it one day at a time

When the Dutch online retailer worked with a key supplier to switch from weekly to daily replenishment, inventory levels improved—as did sales, service, and working capital.
Strategy

Seven signs your supply chain needs a redesign

Because supply chain redesigns are expensive and time-consuming, they often get deferred. But if your company shows any of these warning signs, then you probably can't afford to put it off any longer.
Procurement

Leveraging private sector practices in the public sector

Supply managers who work in the public sector must comply with unique transparency rules. Despite those and other constraints, they can achieve substantial savings by integrating the public sector requirements with privatesector supply chain management concepts.
Manufacturing

Are you a candidate for produce-to-demand?

Produce-to-demand manufacturing can help some consumer packaged goods companies reduce finished-goods inventory, improve order fill rates, and cut supply chain costs. Here’s how to know whether it’s right for you.
Columns
Afterword

Will you be an employer of choice?

Employers that offer a better work/life balance will likely have the edge when it comes to recruitment and retention.
Career Ladder

Be prepared for the unexpected

Your road map for responding to change should be guided by one thing: your longterm goal. Where do you want to be at the height of your career?
Direct Connection

A world of opportunities for women in SCM

If you want to make a difference every single day, then SCM is the field for you.
Monetary Matters

What's behind the rise in U.S. corporate profits?

Globalization, technological innovation, and supply chain efficiency explain the current resilience of U.S. corporate profits—one of the few drivers of the U.S. economy at the moment.
Perspective

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Forward Thinking

Apple's supply chain again considered best of the best

The consumer electronics giant tops the seventh annual ranking of supply chain excellence, based on execution metrics and analysts' and peers' assessments.

Many companies place demand planning in supply chain area

A new survey finds that just over half consider it a supply chain function; sales, finance also get involved.

Demand sensing greatly improves forecast accuracy

The largest consumer packaged goods companies in North America have found that using demand sensing instead of traditional forecasting dramatically reduces forecast errors.

More companies adopt supply-assurance programs

According to a PRTM report, companies are testing a variety of ways to maximize their supply chain flexibility.

Is a U.S. manufacturing renaissance on the horizon?

Within the next five years, more goods will be carrying the "Made in the USA" label, predicts the management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group.

Outsourcing for mutual success

The Vested Outsourcing Manual: A Guide for Creating Successful Business and Outsourcing Agreements outlines a methodology for creating an outsourcing agreement in which both parties are mutually invested in a successful outcome.

P&G establishes logistics "control towers"

As part of its distribution strategy for serving emerging markets, Procter & Gamble has set up "control towers" to help it manage logistics in those regions.

Meet the new boss

End consumers are using technology to make decisions that are shaping the way companies manage their supply chains.
Departments

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Continuing education is important not only for personal career development but also for learning new supply chain strategies and tactics. Here are a just a few examples of upcoming professional education programs around the world.
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Perspective
Beyond the bottom line
If you dig up significant cost savings, why not use some of that windfall for a good cause?

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Contract manufacturing
Analysis suggests that the contract manufacturing model is failing to produce supply chain efficiencies and resiliency in the high-tech industry.

Procurement Priorities
Now's the time to manage "tail spend"
By managing their companies' smaller, low-dollar purchases, procurement leaders can better achieve their larger, strategic priorities.
Forward Thinking
Industrial recession? Yes and no.
Industrial production weakness in the United States has led to increased talk of a recession, but a deeper examination shows that this weakness is highly concentrated in energy and globally exposed sectors.

Forward Thinking
Persistently high inventory levels make things tough for retailers, truckers
January's inventory-to-sales ratio nears seven-year high, dampening demand for orders, trucking services.

Forward Thinking
With e-commerce returns on the upswing, pressure may build on DC demand
Can businesses optimize their existing networks, or will they need to go outside for their requirements?

Forward Thinking
Cisco opens Houston innovation center to develop new supply chain technology
Company may market solutions to outside firms, executive says.

Forward Thinking
When "moneyball" meets procurement
The global logistics conglomerate Maersk Group analyzes data from its online auctions to identify sourcing strategies.

Forward Thinking
CPOs lack faith in their staff, survey finds
A Deloitte survey of chief procurement officers found that the majority of CPOs are not confident in their teams' ability to deliver on their procurement strategy. Many are relying on technology to fill the gap.

Forward Thinking
Increase in warehouse, DC labor costs has ripple effect on rental rates, CBRE study finds
A dollar-an-hour wage increase is equal to a 37-percent jump in industrial rents, says a recent study.

Forward Thinking
Reverse logistics could spark surge in warehouse, DC demand, CBRE report says
Space will be needed to support returns that current facilities can't handle, firm says.

Forward Thinking
Worldwide spending on robotics to reach more than $135 billion in three years
Robotics spending in process manufacturing and health care are each forecast to nearly double by 2019, says a new report from IDC.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Global economy in a holding pattern
Gains in mature economies have not been significant enough to offset losses in emerging countries.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP announces general session speakers for annual conference
An astronaut who spent a year in space, a digital technology guru from GE, and a drummer all hope to inspire attendees at the CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando.

CSCMP's New York City Roundtable to host session on managing security disruptions
How would your supply chain respond to a "dirty bomb" attack? Test your decision-making skills at a May 17 tabletop exercise run by CSCMP's New York City Roundtable and the Metropolitan Resilience Network.

CSCMP Spain's Supply Chain Leadership Forum 2016 focuses on customer-driven supply chains
The fourth annual event, to be held May 19 in Barcelona, features internationally renowned speakers from Europe, Asia, and the U.S.

CSCMP chairman's commentary: Supply chains, careers, and the value of what we do
Supply chains—and supply chain managers—make the world a better place, playing an essential (but often unheralded) role in enabling economic success.

Supply chain simulation game provides unique education and networking opportunities
In CSCMP's Roundtable Global Challenge, teams from around the world battle it out to create the best-run supply chain for a fictional juice company.

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