CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 26, 2016

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.
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.
Supply Chain Executive Insight E-Newsletter
Each month the Supply Chain Executive Insight e-newsletter will include brief articles about developments that are often overlooked by other supply chain publications. We will present you with summaries of the latest research as well as new ideas on how to make your supply chain operations more effective. And we'll offer commentary that sheds light on what's happening in supply chains today.
Sign up now!

Most Read Articles

News from our sister publication
DC Velocity
Latest Video

Move It! Episode Four

See how New Era's DC handled a 100% increase in volume, explore BHFO's use of robots in its goods-to-person system, learn how voice-directed tech helps ensure order fulfillment, and tour a German beverage giant's DC and a UNICEF DC in Copenhagen.

More Videos »

Bridging the gap between theory and reality
A vibrant supply chain community depends on collaboration and connection between academics and practitioners.

Procurement Priorities
Tackling the tactical with procurement outsourcing
Supply chains will look radically different by 2030. To help their people get the skills they'll need in the future, companies need to rethink their current training and development programs.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Are you building next-generation supply chain talent?
Supply chains will look radically different by 2030. To help their people get the skills they'll need in the future, companies need to rethink their current training and development programs.

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
Smart-packaging market to reach $26.7 billion by 2024
Beyond just containing inventory, smart parcels provide services such as location tracking and moisture control.

Forward Thinking
Canadian retailers say keys to success are exports and omnichannel
An eBay survey shows that small and medium-sized businesses see challenges in low margins, tough competition, and currency exchange rates.

Forward Thinking
Public opinion on drone delivery is mixed
A report by the U.S. Postal Service finds that older generations are less likely to be interested in receiving packages delivered by unmanned autonomous vehicles.

Forward Thinking
Report: Hot growth in emerging markets could stall with traffic jams
Developing countries are slow to develop road networks capable of meeting rising demand for freight movement, says Research and Markets.

Forward Thinking
Five strategies that make procurement more efficient and effective
By embracing technology and focusing on internal customers, world-class procurement organizations are able to reduce their operating costs and headcount, says a Hackett Group study.

Forward Thinking
U.S. industrial property market to extend roll deep into 2018, firm says
JLL says demand for e-commerce fulfillment is just getting started.

Forward Thinking
How supply chain organizations can help with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts
The American Logistics Aid Network is coordinating donations of warehouse space and transportation equipment and services in United States as well as Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba.

Forward Thinking
At Intel, supply chain makes sure it's "in the room where it happens"
Two new programs at Intel are getting supply chain experts directly involved in revenue-generating activities such as designing new products and meeting with customers.

Forward Thinking
Survey: online shoppers demand visibility as well as speed in delivery
More than 45 percent of shoppers have abandoned a retailer because of poor order transparency, 3PL says.

Forward Thinking
Big data, analytics gaining traction, annual shipper-3PL survey concludes
The vast majority of survey respondents say the new discipline will have a significant impact on their supply chain.

CSCMP Notebook
More than 250 volunteers pitch in at Stop Hunger Now event at CSCMP Annual Conference
The second annual event not only served as a way for supply chain professionals to give back to community, but it also attracted millennials and helped to strengthen ties between business partners.

LINCS program provides good, low-cost source of entry-level employees and training
A government grant that provides low-cost supply chain training has been extended for six more months.

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.