CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 11, 2016

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.
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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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Procurement priorities
Our new monthly column will discuss issues and trends affecting procurement practices and policies, giving you greater insight into this critical link in the supply chain.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Industrial packaging
When it comes to improving their supply chains, industrial packaging companies (for the most part) have stalled out, but a few companies are making headway.

Procurement Priorities
Cheaper oil has procurement rethinking strategies
With oil and other commodity prices lower than they have been in over a decade, procurement leaders are reassessing contracts with suppliers.
Forward Thinking
The evolution of procurement: From "backwater" to driving force
A prize-winning new book presents a tantalizing view of the future of procurement.

Forward Thinking
Ten ways the manufacturing supply chain will transform itself in 2016 (and beyond)
The next 24 months will bring radical changes in manufacturers' supply chain strategies and operations, says analyst group IDC. The drivers: technologies such as cloud-based commerce networks, demand-sensing technology, and 3-D printing.

Forward Thinking
Retailers turn to 3PLs for help in home delivery
Survey shows consumers expect free, fast shipping.

Forward Thinking
Building resilience into the supply chain: interview with Yossi Sheffi
In his new book, The Power of Resilience, MIT professor Yossi Sheffi looks at how businesses can anticipate, prepare for, and respond to disruptive events.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index: China slows down global trade
A slowdown in emerging markets was a drag on global GDP growth.

Forward Thinking
Face-to-face with supply chain thought leaders
"Supply Chain Spotlight" video series features advice, challenges, and success stories from 18 top supply chain professionals.

Forward Thinking
Report forecasts future shifts in global logistics hubs
Cities like Shanghai, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Rotterdam are major nexus points for global supply chains. Demographic, policy, and economic trends will allow other cities to join their ranks, according to the industrial real estate firm CBRE.

Forward Thinking
Interconnected supply chains lead to rise in "business interruption" property claims, report says
BI-related claims much higher than typical property-damage claims, Allianz unit says.

Forward Thinking
Survey shows progress in curing some of health care's supply chain pain
Three-fourths of all respondents to a UPS survey say they are successfully handling product security.

Forward Thinking
Logistics leaders bullish on 2016 spending plans
Respondents to DC Velocity's Annual Outlook Survey see smooth sailing for business conditions, material handling spending, and technology investment.

CSCMP Notebook
Seminar to explore European supply chain management issues
CSCMP is seeking submissions of research papers, work-in-progress papers, or discussion topics for its 11th annual European Research Seminar.

Who is your supply chain hero?
Nominations for CSCMP's 2016 Distinguished Service Award are now open; nominations are due by April 30.

CSCMP, college consortium work to bridge the supply chain skills gap
CSCMP is the industry sponsor and certifying body of the LINCS national supply chain management education and certification program.

Liquor Control Board of Ontario wins Supply Chain Innovation Award
Government agency is recognized for its innovative automated palletizing process, which uses optimization software, 3-D visualization, and simulation.

Hot Topic: Zero-based budgeting in the supply chain
CSCMP publication takes a fresh approach to funding supply chain information technology.

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