CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 25, 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
An ethical supply chain doesn't just happen
An ethical lapse can harm not just a company's reputation but also its bottom line. Chief procurement officers need to make sure they have an ethics policy in place that is up-to-date and well communicated.
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.

Forward Thinking
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly recognized by American Society of Business Publication Editors
Editor Toby Gooley receives regional bronze award in the Editorial/Editor's Letter category from the U.S. organization for business press editors.

Forward Thinking
"Uber for Trucking" name not an asset for companies, report contends
"Digital freight matching" services need to go well beyond that, says a report from Armstrong & Associates.

Forward Thinking
Heavy rain may bring more pain for the U.S. supply chain
A new report from FM Global says that some regions of the United States will see increased incidents of extreme rainfall and urges supply chain managers to prepare.

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.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP Annual Conference to provide fresh look at supply chain issues
The conference will offer over 90 educational sessions and more than 25 hours of networking events.

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.

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