CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 24, 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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No shortcuts
As our latest "Procurement Priorities" column points out, creating an ethical supply chain requires hard work, commitment, and support at every level of the company.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
What we can learn from the 2016 Supply Chains to Admire study
A data-intensive annual study conducted by Supply Chain Insights provides industry-specific supply chain benchmarks and identifies three practices that can enhance company value.

Procurement Priorities
Indirect spending worthy of direct attention
If your procurement organization isn't managing your indirect spend, then you're missing out on a significant source of cost savings.
Forward Thinking
Modeling the impact of Brexit on the supply chain
Companies are facing a lot of uncertainty as they wait to see how the U.K.'s vote to exit the European Union will affect trade agreements. Scenario planning, however, can help them better prepare for all possibilities.

Forward Thinking
UPS to hire 95,000 seasonal workers to handle peak volumes
Seasonal staffing to remain constant for third straight year.

Forward Thinking
Drones in the supply chain: more than just last-mile delivery
Amazon and Google's efforts to use drones to deliver small packages may get all the press, but the case for using drones is actually stronger further upstream in the supply chain, says one expert.

Forward Thinking
3PLs still struggle with an IT image problem
While third-party logistics providers continue to invest in advanced technology, customers still do not see them as innovators, according to a recent survey.

Forward Thinking
Does supply chain have a mobile problem?
A recent survey finds that mobile apps and websites fall short of meeting the needs of most supply chain decision makers.

Forward Thinking
Blackstone's investment in JDA sends a "no sale" signal to Honeywell and any other suitors
An infusion of $570 million will likely keep JDA under current parent company New Mountain's umbrella.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain profile: Daniel Myers
A veteran exec answers seven questions about lessons learned from his career at Mondelēz and changes in the profession.

Forward Thinking
To thrive in the future, manufacturing will have to get "smarter"
To respond to demand more quickly, manufacturers will need to incorporate big data, advanced analytics, and other technologies into their operations, according to a white paper from UPS.

Forward Thinking
Why should you become involved in the humanitarian supply chain?
In addition to the satisfaction and pride of being a good citizen, companies that participate in relief efforts can improve their own supply chain resiliency and discover new commercial opportunities.

Forward Thinking
Customs officials discuss progress on trade enforcement, security, and facilitation in Boston
ACS "shut-off," staffing shortages, cooperation with Mexico, and North American version of the Single Window are among many topics under discussion.

CSCMP Notebook
China conference explored "supply chain management plus"
The Seventh China Conference in Chengdu organized by CSCMP and CDI addressed key trends shaping the country's role in the global supply chain.

CSCMP announces second year of its global supply chain simulation competition
The Roundtable Global Challenge is designed to provide an interactive education event that encourages cross-generational learning.

A message from CSCMP's CEO
This year's annual conference will help supply chain professionals better understand the disruptive forces that are shaking up the industry.

CSCMP Annual Conference will cover the supply chain from end to end
The three-and-a-half day event offers more than 30 hours of educational sessions.

CSCMP creates Supply Chain Hall of Fame
Inaugural inductees include J.B. Hunt, Henry Ford, and Malcom McLean.

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