CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 26, 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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Logistics costs at a turning point
This year's edition of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' "State of Logistics Report" finds evidence of dramatic change in the drivers of U.S. business logistics costs.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Stuck in neutral: Few supply chain organizations are driving value across their networks
Despite a lot of talk about collaboration, many companies continue to emphasize cost and efficiency at the expense of their suppliers.

Procurement Priorities
Why risk needs to be top of mind for procurement leaders
"Hoping that your luck holds out" is not a good strategy for managing risk in the supply chain, says a new report.
Forward Thinking
Public-private partnerships are essential to improving humanitarian supply chains
A recent paper from the World Food Programme says that NGOs, governments, and the private sector need to form collaborative partnerships to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.

Forward Thinking
IoT adoption rates continue to rise, survey shows
Eyefortransport research finds the majority of respondents are using Internet of Things technology to gather location information to improve customer service.

Forward Thinking
Tech companies should do more to eliminate slavery, forced labor in their supply chains, report says
The watchdog group KnowTheChain says that information and communications technology companies have made public commitments to reduce their suppliers' use of forced labor, yet few have taken concrete action.

Forward Thinking
Index identifies potential supply chain risk in 130 countries and territories
The FM Global Country Resilience Index can help companies design supply chains that are less vulnerable to disruption.

Forward Thinking
Brexit to boost U.S. exports to Asia, depress activity to Britain and Europe, economist says
Ratajczak says Fed to remain on hold until dollar's appreciation slows.

Forward Thinking
While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong
While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong

Forward Thinking
Global awards program honors companies with innovative supply chains
SCM World is now seeking nominations for its annual Power of the Profession Awards, which recognize "breakthrough" supply chain initiatives and talent development programs.

Forward Thinking
As Europe and the rest of the world reel from Britain's vote to leave EU, concern turns to "Nexit"
In the wake of the stunning outcome, transportation and logistics providers pledge continuity.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic uncertainties remain amid weak global demand
Economic growth is starting to stabilize, but weak global demand continues to create uncertainty.

Forward Thinking
"State of Logistics Report" says end of cheap inventory financing will create supply chain challenges
Inventory carrying costs in 2015 rose 5.1 percent over the year-earlier period, according to the report.

CSCMP Notebook
New CSCMP publication explains "blockchain" technology
The latest issue of CSCMP Hot Topics provides examples of how companies can use blockchains in their supply chain.

CSCMP recognizes three young supply chain professionals as "rising stars"
The organization's Emerging Leader Award honors outstanding supply chain and logistics management professionals under the age of 30.

CSCMP names nominees for board of directors
Mary Long, vice president of logistics and network planning for Domino's Pizza, will become the 53rd chair. Long currently holds the position of chair-elect.

Caplice chosen to receive annual Distinguished Service Award from CSCMP
The MIT professor is being recognized for his research as well as for his innovations in supply chain education, particularly through online learning.

CSCMP State of Logistics Report to be released next week
Results from the report will be presented by consulting company A.T. Kearney.

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