CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 01, 2015

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2011

A commanding view

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.
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The retail industry shows marked improvement in supply chain performance.
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Logistics leaders bullish on 2016 spending plans
Respondents to DC Velocity's Annual Outlook Survey see smooth sailing for business conditions, material handling spending, and technology investment.

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CSCMP publication looks at "new normal" in China
Update to Global Perspectives/China addresses how economic downturn, new international environment will affect logistics and supply chain strategy in China.

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Companies need to do more to incorporate financial controls into their planning process
Consulting company Oliver Wight Americas says sales and operations planning must be linked to financial indicators or the company risks making uninformed decisions during the planning process.

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3PL CEOs say they're tackling disruptive changes in their industry
E-commerce, mergers, and new sources of competition are top concerns for third-party logistics providers according to Northeastern University's 22nd annual survey.

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Regionalized supply chains are on the rise
Trends in the engineering and manufacturing sector, such as growing demand from emerging markets and an increase in product customization, are requiring companies to change how they organize their supply chains, says a DHL report.

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Llamasoft acquires supply chain software division from Barloworld
Michigan firm adds Cast and Optimiza platforms to suite of supply chain design applications.

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Ikea assembles zero-emissions drayage plan
Swedish retailer will use nonpolluting electric vehicles to move containers at the Port of Los Angeles.

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Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic rebalancing affects global trade
International trade patterns are changing and demand for containerized transportation is becoming more volatile.

Chain Reactions
Chain Reactions
Letters and comments from our readers

Dialogue: A conversation with an industry leader
Sense and sustainability
Supply chain managers can apply common sense and "do the right thing" when setting up sustainability programs that help both the environment and the bottom line, says Kevin Smith.

Open Enrollment
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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