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Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2012

Supply chain segmentation: 10 steps to greater profits

Strategy
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.

Strategy

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.
Strategy

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.
Logistics

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.
Columns
Perspective

Power to the (supply chain) people

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

"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.
Direct Connection

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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A do-it-yourself approach to filling the supply chain talent shortage
Formal academic degree programs won't fully meet the growing need for professionals with industry-specific knowledge. An education program designed for the automotive industry offers a potential solution.
Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Automotive
As our review of automotive companies' performance measures reveals, the most efficient supply chain is not necessarily the most effective.
Forward Thinking
"State of Logistics Report": U.S. business logistics costs hit $1.45 trillion in 2014, up 3.1 percent from 2013
Logistics costs accounted for 8.3 percent of U.S. GDP last year, according to the annual report issued by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Forward Thinking
Top 25 supply chains + 2?
The analyst firm Gartner has added a new "Masters" category to its annual Supply Chain Top 25 list.

Forward Thinking
Five technologies that will transform procurement
A research report from Accenture says that "digital disruptors" will change how the procurement function is organized.

Forward Thinking
Are the days of global supply chains numbered?
Automation, sustainability, and risk management efforts may influence companies to create more regional supply chains, according to a report by Standard Chartered Bank.

Forward Thinking
How do you get the greatest benefits from innovation?
The latest issue of CSCMP Explores... uncovers lessons from past winners of its Supply Chain Innovation Award.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Container throughput to rise as global economy grows
Global container throughput is expected to grow slightly, in the first quarter after dipping -0.11 percent in Q4.

Forward Thinking
Now hiring: supply chain analyst, inventory specialist … anthropologist?
The "digital supply chain" will require different jobs and skill sets than supply chain organizations currently look for, one Gartner executive predicts.

Forward Thinking
31 ways to create a supply chain with a conscience
A report from Accenture and the World Economic Forum argues that leading supply chains gain a "triple advantage" when they create not just business benefits but socio-economic and environmental ones as well.

Departments
Dialogue: A conversation with an industry leader
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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