CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 23, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2011

 A hard look at the soft side of performance

Strategy
A hard look at the soft side of performance

Supply chain scorecards typically focus on operational metrics. But if companies want to capture a true picture of supply chain success, they need to measure employees' interpersonal performance, too.

Strategy

Tap into the power of analytics

New ways of applying supply chain analytics can lead to dramatically higher levels of performance. Here's where to find the best opportunities.
Manufacturing

Time to come home?

To offshore, nearshore, or "reshore"? A total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis can answer that question. For some companies, TCO analyses are suggesting that manufacturing close to the point of consumption is the best choice.
Strategy

L.L. Bean's smarter stocking strategy

The iconic retailer has revamped its inventory practices to support a multi-channel selling strategy. The result: less overstock of seasonal inventory, more of the products its customers buy all year long, and a reduction in warehousing costs.
Columns
Afterword

Human beings at their best

The word "sustainable" does not always refer to the environment. It can also refer to an effort that is so successful that it perpetuates itself.
Career Ladder

Why you should never "graduate"

Continuous learning should be a lifelong, driving passion.
Perspective

Time to reconsider VMI?

A successful VMI program depends on accurate forecasts of consumer demand, which have proved elusive.
Monetary Matters

Emerging consumer markets: the new drivers of global economic growth

Consumption is still largely concentrated in North America and Western Europe, but consumers in emerging markets are stepping onto the world stage in greater numbers.
Direct Connection

Who keeps the engines of global commerce running?

Although what supply chain professionals do every day impacts commerce everywhere in the world, their role in corporate success and competitiveness generally has remained in the background.
Forward Thinking

Hiring outlook improves for supply chain executives

Survey finds that nearly half of companies in Europe and North America are recruiting supply chain professionals.

Many retailers ignore hazards when handling returned merchandise

Unaware that many consumer goods contain hazardous materials, retail store personnel may create dangerous situations in reverse logistics operations, says industry association.

Weather is the leading culprit for supply chain disruptions

More than half of respondents to a worldwide survey suffered supply chain disruptions at the hands of Mother Nature.

Study identifies attributes of best-in-class procurement organizations

A.T. Kearney study finds effective organizations excel at risk management, new product development, supplier relations, and more.

Water-related damage an increasing supply chain risk

One-third of respondents to a survey said floods and droughts have already affected their supply chains.

Ikea says, "paper, please"

IKEA is giving up wooden pallets in favor of paper platforms.

Global trade trends down as local consumption slowly grows

Global trade levels declined by 1.3 percent in Quarter 3 of 2011 while domestic consumption continued to grow.
Departments

Letters to the editor

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook: 2011 Annual Global Conference report

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Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
Dutch firm unveils world's first 3-D-printed propeller
"WAAMpeller" breezes through speed trials and crash stop tests.

Forward Thinking
No help needed. Really.
Retailer JD.com set to open chain of fully automated convenience stores in China.

Forward Thinking
Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts
DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Forward Thinking
Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation
The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Just 3 percent of retailers have completed digital transformation projects
Companies plan investment in big data and analytics, the internet of things, and machine learning, SAP says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: New warehouse construction caught up to hot demand in fourth quarter
Sparse availability of industrial space held steady in Q4 after years of declines, real estate group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain cybersecurity threats may rise in 2018, warns Booz Allen
Companies could see an increase in cyber threats such as the NotPetya attack, which shut down container shipping giant Maersk.

Forward Thinking
Toyota announces supply chain research grant recipients
Lift truck maker to fund projects on warehouse automation, electric vehicles, and Industry 4.0.

Forward Thinking
IATA says global airfreight on track for best year since 2010
Gains should continue into 2018, group says, citing solid November results.

CSCMP Notebook
Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2017 conference held in September in Atlanta, Georgia.

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