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Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2012

Supply chain segmentation: 10 steps to greater profits

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.


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.

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.

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.

Power to the (supply chain) people

When the unexpected happens, let the managers on the frontlines make decisions to quickly address developing situations.

"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.
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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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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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Logistics leaders bullish on 2016 spending plans
Respondents to DC Velocity's Annual Outlook Survey see smooth sailing for business conditions, material handling spending, and technology investment.

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CSCMP publication looks at "new normal" in China
Update to Global Perspectives/China addresses how economic downturn, new international environment will affect logistics and supply chain strategy in China.

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Companies need to do more to incorporate financial controls into their planning process
Consulting company Oliver Wight Americas says sales and operations planning must be linked to financial indicators or the company risks making uninformed decisions during the planning process.

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3PL CEOs say they're tackling disruptive changes in their industry
E-commerce, mergers, and new sources of competition are top concerns for third-party logistics providers according to Northeastern University's 22nd annual survey.

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Regionalized supply chains are on the rise
Trends in the engineering and manufacturing sector, such as growing demand from emerging markets and an increase in product customization, are requiring companies to change how they organize their supply chains, says a DHL report.

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Llamasoft acquires supply chain software division from Barloworld
Michigan firm adds Cast and Optimiza platforms to suite of supply chain design applications.

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Ikea assembles zero-emissions drayage plan
Swedish retailer will use nonpolluting electric vehicles to move containers at the Port of Los Angeles.

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Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic rebalancing affects global trade
International trade patterns are changing and demand for containerized transportation is becoming more volatile.

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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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