CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 09, 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.
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Procurement priorities
Our new monthly column will discuss issues and trends affecting procurement practices and policies, giving you greater insight into this critical link in the supply chain.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Industrial packaging
When it comes to improving their supply chains, industrial packaging companies (for the most part) have stalled out, but a few companies are making headway.

Procurement Priorities
Cheaper oil has procurement rethinking strategies
With oil and other commodity prices lower than they have been in over a decade, procurement leaders are reassessing contracts with suppliers.
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The evolution of procurement: From "backwater" to driving force
A prize-winning new book presents a tantalizing view of the future of procurement.

Forward Thinking
Ten ways the manufacturing supply chain will transform itself in 2016 (and beyond)
The next 24 months will bring radical changes in manufacturers' supply chain strategies and operations, says analyst group IDC. The drivers: technologies such as cloud-based commerce networks, demand-sensing technology, and 3-D printing.

Forward Thinking
Retailers turn to 3PLs for help in home delivery
Survey shows consumers expect free, fast shipping.

Forward Thinking
Building resilience into the supply chain: interview with Yossi Sheffi
In his new book, The Power of Resilience, MIT professor Yossi Sheffi looks at how businesses can anticipate, prepare for, and respond to disruptive events.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: China slows down global trade
A slowdown in emerging markets was a drag on global GDP growth.

Forward Thinking
Face-to-face with supply chain thought leaders
"Supply Chain Spotlight" video series features advice, challenges, and success stories from 18 top supply chain professionals.

Forward Thinking
Report forecasts future shifts in global logistics hubs
Cities like Shanghai, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Rotterdam are major nexus points for global supply chains. Demographic, policy, and economic trends will allow other cities to join their ranks, according to the industrial real estate firm CBRE.

Forward Thinking
Interconnected supply chains lead to rise in "business interruption" property claims, report says
BI-related claims much higher than typical property-damage claims, Allianz unit says.

Forward Thinking
Survey shows progress in curing some of health care's supply chain pain
Three-fourths of all respondents to a UPS survey say they are successfully handling product security.

Forward Thinking
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.

CSCMP Notebook
Seminar to explore European supply chain management issues
CSCMP is seeking submissions of research papers, work-in-progress papers, or discussion topics for its 11th annual European Research Seminar.

Who is your supply chain hero?
Nominations for CSCMP's 2016 Distinguished Service Award are now open; nominations are due by April 30.

CSCMP, college consortium work to bridge the supply chain skills gap
CSCMP is the industry sponsor and certifying body of the LINCS national supply chain management education and certification program.

Liquor Control Board of Ontario wins Supply Chain Innovation Award
Government agency is recognized for its innovative automated palletizing process, which uses optimization software, 3-D visualization, and simulation.

Hot Topic: Zero-based budgeting in the supply chain
CSCMP publication takes a fresh approach to funding supply chain information technology.

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