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April 20, 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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Perspective
Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

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
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
Flood of cross-border e-commerce packages challenges customs authorities to keep up, ensure security
U.S. and other governments are missing trade and product data while struggling to identify security risks for time-sensitive shipments, customs broker says.

Forward Thinking
How the maritime industry can compete in the age of Amazon
Port of Long Beach head says ecosystem must adopt "24/7 thinking" and a range of operational improvements to meet businesses' need for speed.

Forward Thinking
What, me worry about tariffs?
Many international traders are concerned about the possibility of a trade war with China. Their worries may be overstated.

Forward Thinking
Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says
Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds.

Forward Thinking
The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"
New MHI industry report identifies the five key technologies necessary for the next generation of supply chain management and the three biggest barriers standing in the way.

Forward Thinking
Capacity crisis (surprise!) hogs the spotlight at TIA annual conference
Public, private networking chatter focus on the rate pain likely to come.

Forward Thinking
Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study
In spite of growing complexity, more than half of companies are still using pen and paper to manage e-commerce deliveries.

Forward Thinking
Put your trust in crowd sourcing and big data, McAfee urges keynote crowd
In the "digital future," conventional wisdom is replaced with new playbook for business success, MIT author says.

Forward Thinking
Modex keynote provides a how-to guide to "disrupting yourself"
UPS CIO Juan Perez challenges Modex attendees to create a culture of—and structure for—innovation within their company.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds
New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

CSCMP Notebook
Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

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