CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 09, 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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Perspective
Don't overlook demographics
Changes in population can have a profound impact not only on long-term supply chain strategy but also on day-to-day operations.

Procurement Priorities
Going through a merger? Procurement plays an important role
While new technologies have served to improve indirect procurement, direct materials procurement remains tied to MRP and ERP systems. This needs to change.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Direct material procurement woes and how to fix them
While new technologies have served to improve indirect procurement, direct materials procurement remains tied to MRP and ERP systems. This needs to change.

Research for the Real World
How supply chains can support the shopper experience
This new department challenges the authors of selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) articles to explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Air cargo IT improvements translate into increased trade activity, study finds
IATA-commissioned report seen as first to quantify link between better IT connectivity, trade growth.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Shoppers have rising standards for e-commerce delivery
One-third of consumers will abandon a retailer for shipping a single wrong item.

Forward Thinking
Industrial property market to continue multiyear roll in '17, JLL forecasts
Low interest rates, e-commerce demand to fuel growth, firm says.

Forward Thinking
Panel: Key to Internet of Things is handling data overload
Zebra expands tools for analyzing flood of sensor data.

Forward Thinking
Demand rises for logistics and industrial space in the Americas
Vacancy rates have dropped in the United States and Mexico, while availability has increased in Brazil and parts of Canada.

Forward Thinking
A practical guide to vendor compliance
A new book by Norman Katz provides concrete advice for creating or improving your supply chain vendor compliance program.

Forward Thinking
Best-in-class retailers have greater supply chain visibility than peers
A survey by Aberdeen Group shows leading retailers not only possess better visibility of their in-transit shipments but also have a clearer view of supplier quality and manufacturing processes than their competitors.

Forward Thinking
Early holiday shoppers have highest expectations for order fulfillment
Early holiday shoppers have higher expectations for swift delivery than their more leisurely neighbors, a survey shows.

Forward Thinking
SCM World announces its award finalists
The consulting and analyst group created the awards to recognize supply chains that generated improvements for both their organizations and the larger world.

Forward Thinking
Three ways to combat the risk of forced labor in supply chains
Research shows that forced labor touches every supply chain. But there are some practical steps you can take to reduce the chances of it infiltrating yours.

CSCMP Notebook
MercuryGate renews conference partnership with CSCMP
Cloud-based transportation system provider will serve as the premier sponsor of CSCMP's 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.

CSCMP's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources
CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

CSCMP Educators Conference fosters collaboration between academia and business world
Opening remarks highlight how the conference has evolved to integrate more members of the supply chain community.

Annual conference stresses power of collaboration in mastering disruption
Opening session speakers challenge attendees to work together to solve some of society's "hardest problems."

Caplice receives Distinguished Service Award
The executive director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation and Logistics was recognized for his work in both academia and private industry.

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