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Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2012

Supply chain segmentation: 10 steps to greater profits

Supply chain segmentation: 10 steps to greater profits

Segmentation lets companies boost profitability by tailoring their supply chain strategy to each customer and product in their portfolio. Here are 10 key practices that will ensure success.


How volatile oil prices will rock the supply chain

In this excerpt from the book Operations Rules: Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations, author David Simchi-Levi explains why unstable fuel prices should lead companies to rethink the way they manage inventory, production, customer service, and supply chain integration.

Turn your reverse supply chain into a profit center

Selecting the right disposition strategies and understanding their financial impact can help you turn the reverse supply chain into a revenue generator instead of a cost center.

Panama Canal expansion: game changer, or more of the same?

Some ports and ocean carriers expect significant new business to come their way following the Panama Canal expansion. But do the "shipper math," says the author, and it's clear that U.S. distribution patterns are unlikely to change much.

Power to the (supply chain) people

When the unexpected happens, let the managers on the frontlines make decisions to quickly address developing situations.

"Imagineering" a supply chain

Disney's supply chain executives coined the term "imagineering" to describe the convergence of precise engineering and execution with the imagination and "magic" that makes the company one of the world's cultural icons.
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SCPro certification: the path to leadership

Even though today's supply chain talent may be better educated than previous generations, they still need to gain experience in the depth and breadth of logistics and supply chain management in order to become high-impact leaders.
Forward Thinking

Complexity requires more frequent network redesigns

A new study finds that companies are re-examining their supply chain networks more often, but they're not satisfied with the tools they use to do so.

Five supply chain challenges for 2012

Here's a look at some of the business demands supply chain managers are likely to confront this year, according to IDC Manufacturing Insights.

More companies press suppliers on carbon reductions

A new report shows that more companies are considering suppliers' efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in their procurement policies and decisions.

Warehouse automation projects: beyond labor costs

Professors advise considering broader supply chain implications of distribution center automation.

Global trade declined marginally as countries contend with economic uncertainty

Due to a decline in both imports and exports of goods and services, global trade levels marginally contracted by 0.26 percent in Q4/2011.

A peek inside Wal-Mart Canada's "green" distribution center

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened a distribution center in Western Canada that is expected to reap US $4.8 million in energy cost savings through 2015.
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Starbucks chairman and CEO pays tribute to supply chain management in CSCMP first-day remarks
Schultz says supply chain needs to be at the top of the corporate checklist.

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Amazon launches mobile app to hire part-time couriers
"Amazon Flex" rolls out in Seattle to support one-hour deliveries.

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Evaluating the strength and potential of logistics clusters
A new paper from Prologis determines whether an area's logistics strength is based on its role in overall global trade or because it is simply serving local consumers' needs.

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Procurement study recommends segmenting internal customers
The Hackett Group finds that basing the level of responsiveness to an internal stakeholder on its importance to the company brings significant benefits.

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CSCMP launches a supply chain simulation game for all levels of experience
The first-ever Roundtable Global Challenge is designed to bring together young professionals, middle management, and senior executives in a global competition.

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Digital technology in the supply chain: Still in its infancy
Even companies with strong connections to complex technology, such as aerospace and defense, are still in the initial stages of implementing analytics, wearables, and the industrial Internet of Things, according to a report by Accenture.

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Interest in nearshoring remains strong, but trend may be slowing
Many executives are attracted to the potential cost savings of moving production closer to the end market. But concerns about safety, security, and the availability of skilled labor in these locations are giving some pause.

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Supply chain's youth problem
A Brookings Institution report suggests that distribution and logistics companies need to do a better job of bringing young people into the industry.

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Warehousing for today and tomorrow
Warehousing is no longer simply about storing product, says industry guru Kenneth Ackerman. Instead, today's warehouses must focus on supporting the corporate mission and creating value for customers and shareholders.

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