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May 29, 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.
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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Perspective
The bimodal imperative
Gartner's big message: To succeed in business now and in the future, you need to follow two distinct supply chain paths.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Contract manufacturing
Analysis suggests that the contract manufacturing model is failing to produce supply chain efficiencies and resiliency in the high-tech industry.

Procurement Priorities
Procurement salary surveys: Underpaid and unrecognized
Procurement professionals agree that salaries are too low. Here's what they can do about it.
Forward Thinking
GS1 drafts standards for efficient e-commerce shipping
The e-commerce fulfillment "roadmap" is designed to help harmonize in-store and online fulfillment practices, the group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain community remembers influential educator and thought leader Thomas Speh
Speh passed away this April after 40-plus years of service to the field.

Forward Thinking
Partner-in-Chief: interview with R. Gil Kerlikowske
R. Gil Kerlikowske spent four decades in law enforcement. As head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he's added trade compliance and facilitation to his portfolio and has made building stronger relationships with the trade community a priority.

Forward Thinking
Matthew A. Waller appointed as dean of University of Arkansas' Walton School of Business
The longtime educator and researcher is believed to be the first from the supply chain discipline to hold such a position at a major university.

Forward Thinking
Intermodal congestion problems must be tackled holistically, FMC commissioner says
Dye says solutions must go beyond individual carriers and ports and must come from industry, not feds.

Forward Thinking
Will U.S. manufacturing be back on top?
A new report predicts that by 2020 the United States will replace China as the most competitive manufacturing nation.

Forward Thinking
So you think Amazon rules the world? New report says you ain't seen nothing yet.
A new report says Amazon is prepared to force out other intermediaries that stand between the producer and the consumer.

Forward Thinking
Industrial recession? Yes and no.
Industrial production weakness in the United States has led to increased talk of a recession, but a deeper examination shows that this weakness is highly concentrated in energy and globally exposed sectors.

Forward Thinking
Persistently high inventory levels make things tough for retailers, truckers
January's inventory-to-sales ratio nears seven-year high, dampening demand for orders, trucking services.

Forward Thinking
With e-commerce returns on the upswing, pressure may build on DC demand
Can businesses optimize their existing networks, or will they need to go outside for their requirements?

CSCMP Notebook
Supply chain conference in Peru will feature world-renowned speakers
CSCMP's Peru Roundtable will co-host presentations and discussion sessions on supply chain practices, education, and data analytics, June 22-23 in Lima.

CSCMP announces general session speakers for annual conference
An astronaut who spent a year in space, a digital technology guru from GE, and a drummer all hope to inspire attendees at the CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando.

CSCMP's New York City Roundtable to host session on managing security disruptions
How would your supply chain respond to a "dirty bomb" attack? Test your decision-making skills at a May 17 tabletop exercise run by CSCMP's New York City Roundtable and the Metropolitan Resilience Network.

CSCMP Spain's Supply Chain Leadership Forum 2016 focuses on customer-driven supply chains
The fourth annual event, to be held May 19 in Barcelona, features internationally renowned speakers from Europe, Asia, and the U.S.

CSCMP chairman's commentary: Supply chains, careers, and the value of what we do
Supply chains—and supply chain managers—make the world a better place, playing an essential (but often unheralded) role in enabling economic success.

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