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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.
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Is Amazon a 3PL?
As Amazon expands into logistics services, the giant retailer is taking on more of the characteristics of a third-party logistics (3PL) company. How might that shape the industry's competitive landscape?
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Perspective
A farewell, with thanks
I'm proud of what we have accomplished. But the time has to come to embark on a new journey.
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse automation projects: beyond labor costs
Professors advise considering broader supply chain implications of distribution center automation.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

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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