CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 24, 2016

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.

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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Bridging the gap between theory and reality
A vibrant supply chain community depends on collaboration and connection between academics and practitioners.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Are you building next-generation supply chain talent?
Supply chains will look radically different by 2030. To help their people get the skills they'll need in the future, companies need to rethink their current training and development programs.

Procurement Priorities
Indirect spending worthy of direct attention
If your procurement organization isn't managing your indirect spend, then you're missing out on a significant source of cost savings.
Forward Thinking
Smart-packaging market to reach $26.7 billion by 2024
Beyond just containing inventory, smart parcels provide services such as location tracking and moisture control.

Forward Thinking
Canadian retailers say keys to success are exports and omnichannel
An eBay survey shows that small and medium-sized businesses see challenges in low margins, tough competition, and currency exchange rates.

Forward Thinking
Public opinion on drone delivery is mixed
A report by the U.S. Postal Service finds that older generations are less likely to be interested in receiving packages delivered by unmanned autonomous vehicles.

Forward Thinking
Report: Hot growth in emerging markets could stall with traffic jams
Developing countries are slow to develop road networks capable of meeting rising demand for freight movement, says Research and Markets.

Forward Thinking
Five strategies that make procurement more efficient and effective
By embracing technology and focusing on internal customers, world-class procurement organizations are able to reduce their operating costs and headcount, says a Hackett Group study.

Forward Thinking
U.S. industrial property market to extend roll deep into 2018, firm says
JLL says demand for e-commerce fulfillment is just getting started.

Forward Thinking
How supply chain organizations can help with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts
The American Logistics Aid Network is coordinating donations of warehouse space and transportation equipment and services in United States as well as Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba.

Forward Thinking
At Intel, supply chain makes sure it's "in the room where it happens"
Two new programs at Intel are getting supply chain experts directly involved in revenue-generating activities such as designing new products and meeting with customers.

Forward Thinking
Survey: online shoppers demand visibility as well as speed in delivery
More than 45 percent of shoppers have abandoned a retailer because of poor order transparency, 3PL says.

Forward Thinking
Big data, analytics gaining traction, annual shipper-3PL survey concludes
The vast majority of survey respondents say the new discipline will have a significant impact on their supply chain.

CSCMP Notebook
More than 250 volunteers pitch in at Stop Hunger Now event at CSCMP Annual Conference
The second annual event not only served as a way for supply chain professionals to give back to community, but it also attracted millennials and helped to strengthen ties between business partners.

LINCS program provides good, low-cost source of entry-level employees and training
A government grant that provides low-cost supply chain training has been extended for six more months.

China conference explored "supply chain management plus"
The Seventh China Conference in Chengdu organized by CSCMP and CDI addressed key trends shaping the country's role in the global supply chain.

CSCMP announces second year of its global supply chain simulation competition
The Roundtable Global Challenge is designed to provide an interactive education event that encourages cross-generational learning.

A message from CSCMP's CEO
This year's annual conference will help supply chain professionals better understand the disruptive forces that are shaking up the industry.