CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 16, 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

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
Latest Video

TIA sees no limit to 3PL sector growth
Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), joins us from CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference in Atlanta to discuss the state of the industry, and specifically the role of 3PLs in the market.

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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

Research for the Real World
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking
Ports of Los Angeles and Antwerp host innovation competition
Annual "hackathon" will award prizes for technology solutions to port and maritime challenges.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to set record in July
Strong consumer spending delays impact of tariffs on Chinese imports, NRF-Hackett report says.

Forward Thinking
The maritime industry's digital future
Companies involved in ocean freight will need to embrace emerging technologies such as big data analytics, blockchain, and automated operations in order to stay afloat, says ABI Research.

Forward Thinking
Amazon enters next phase of logistics build-out with delivery partner program
The initiative aims to create partner relationships that would control the supply of drivers and capacity.

Forward Thinking
Daimler enlists Penske and NFI in electric truck trials
Partners will share data about truck design and performance ahead of full production launch in 2021.

Forward Thinking
JDA acquires artificial intelligence firm Blue Yonder
The deal will add pricing optimization and forecasting replenishment to supply chain software suite, JDA says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Machines are our friends
While many workers fear losing their jobs to automation, those fears—at least in the supply chain—are largely unfounded.

Forward Thinking
Volvo Trucks, FedEx test platooning truck technology
The demo was the first time technology was used on the road in the United States by a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company.

Forward Thinking
Barcoding Inc. partners with Samsung on consumer electronics
Deal will bring more tablets and smartphones to supply chain operations, company says.

Forward Thinking
What can 83 cents an hour buy you? A UPS-Teamster contract
Proposed 5-year pact raises full-timers' pay by 83 cents an hour per year.

CSCMP Notebook
Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment
The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.

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