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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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Logistics costs at a turning point
This year's edition of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' "State of Logistics Report" finds evidence of dramatic change in the drivers of U.S. business logistics costs.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Stuck in neutral: Few supply chain organizations are driving value across their networks
Despite a lot of talk about collaboration, many companies continue to emphasize cost and efficiency at the expense of their suppliers.

Procurement Priorities
Why risk needs to be top of mind for procurement leaders
"Hoping that your luck holds out" is not a good strategy for managing risk in the supply chain, says a new report.
Forward Thinking
Public-private partnerships are essential to improving humanitarian supply chains
A recent paper from the World Food Programme says that NGOs, governments, and the private sector need to form collaborative partnerships to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.

Forward Thinking
IoT adoption rates continue to rise, survey shows
Eyefortransport research finds the majority of respondents are using Internet of Things technology to gather location information to improve customer service.

Forward Thinking
Tech companies should do more to eliminate slavery, forced labor in their supply chains, report says
The watchdog group KnowTheChain says that information and communications technology companies have made public commitments to reduce their suppliers' use of forced labor, yet few have taken concrete action.

Forward Thinking
Index identifies potential supply chain risk in 130 countries and territories
The FM Global Country Resilience Index can help companies design supply chains that are less vulnerable to disruption.

Forward Thinking
Brexit to boost U.S. exports to Asia, depress activity to Britain and Europe, economist says
Ratajczak says Fed to remain on hold until dollar's appreciation slows.

Forward Thinking
While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong
While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong

Forward Thinking
Global awards program honors companies with innovative supply chains
SCM World is now seeking nominations for its annual Power of the Profession Awards, which recognize "breakthrough" supply chain initiatives and talent development programs.

Forward Thinking
As Europe and the rest of the world reel from Britain's vote to leave EU, concern turns to "Nexit"
In the wake of the stunning outcome, transportation and logistics providers pledge continuity.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic uncertainties remain amid weak global demand
Economic growth is starting to stabilize, but weak global demand continues to create uncertainty.

Forward Thinking
"State of Logistics Report" says end of cheap inventory financing will create supply chain challenges
Inventory carrying costs in 2015 rose 5.1 percent over the year-earlier period, according to the report.

CSCMP Notebook
New CSCMP publication explains "blockchain" technology
The latest issue of CSCMP Hot Topics provides examples of how companies can use blockchains in their supply chain.

CSCMP recognizes three young supply chain professionals as "rising stars"
The organization's Emerging Leader Award honors outstanding supply chain and logistics management professionals under the age of 30.

CSCMP names nominees for board of directors
Mary Long, vice president of logistics and network planning for Domino's Pizza, will become the 53rd chair. Long currently holds the position of chair-elect.

Caplice chosen to receive annual Distinguished Service Award from CSCMP
The MIT professor is being recognized for his research as well as for his innovations in supply chain education, particularly through online learning.

CSCMP State of Logistics Report to be released next week
Results from the report will be presented by consulting company A.T. Kearney.

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