CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 19, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2012

Six steps to successful supply chain collaboration

Strategy
Six steps to successful supply chain collaboration

Although collaboration offers many benefits for consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, too often their joint initiatives don't work out. To ensure success, partner companies should take these six actions together.

Finance

A better way to calculate equipment ROI

Too many companies buy warehouse equipment and technology based on a "best case" scenario. Using an "engineered" approach to evaluating the return on investment will provide a more accurate picture of cost and productivity benefits.
Strategy

How Mercedes-Benz turned research into reality

By adopting proven practices from the supply chain literature, a Mercedes-Benz bus factory in Turkey avoided "reinventing the supply chain wheel" while making big gains in production and efficiency.
Technology

Using technology to improve supplier integration

An online portal allowed Ingersoll Rand's Trane division to achieve better communication with its suppliers. The resulting inventory visibility helps to keep its continuous-flow manufacturing lines humming.
Technology

The power and promise of Web-based procurement tools

Web-based spend management solutions can help companies achieve double-digit savings, but software can't do the job alone. To get the best results, companies must balance individuals' expertise with technology.
Columns
Perspective

What additive manufacturing could mean for supply chains

Years from now, individualized production could change transportation and logistics patterns.
Afterword

Oil and the changing nature of supply chains

If armies move on their stomachs, as the old soldier's expression has it, then supply chains move on petroleum. The global flow of goods depends on a reliable flow of affordable fuel.
Career Ladder

Why everyone needs to stop, ask, and listen

If you don't know the answer to a question, chances are someone in your network does—but you'll have to understand how to get them to give you the information you need so you can put it to work.
Direct Connection

Why we matter

Like the discipline of supply chain management itself, our organization has evolved and grown to play an increasingly prominent role in global business.
Monetary Matters

Food for thought on global supply dynamics

There is a need for more efficient supply chain logistics, technologies, and systems to help alleviate the economic and social ills associated with rising and volatile food prices in emerging markets and less-developed countries.
Forward Thinking

Retail supply chains' balancing act

Annual study by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) finds retailers will focus on multichannel operations and shift from cost cutting to growth.

Apple's supply chain still outshines the rest

Once again, Apple's supply chain has been ranked number one on Gartner Research's annual list of the top 25 supply chains.

Survey finds production continues to flee China

The United States, Vietnam, and South Asia are proving attractive to more manufacturers of retail goods, says a new report.

Logistics 2050: Five visions of the future

A new report from the mail and logistics conglomerate forecasts future trends in trade, business, and society—and how supply chains and logistics may fit into those scenarios.

Playbooks guide Dell's response to customer demand

Predetermined guidelines help the computer giant coordinate actions across its supply chain functions.

Supply chain management the Disney way

Improving their company's brand and reputation should be among supply chain executives' main objectives, according to Disney Destinations' John R. Lund.

Study documents benefits of cycle counting

Higher inventory accuracy, greater warehouse efficiency are among the reasons to adopt cycle counting, says Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium report.
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TIA sees no limit to 3PL sector growth
Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), joins us from CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference in Atlanta to discuss the state of the industry, and specifically the role of 3PLs in the market.

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Perspective
Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

Research for the Real World
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
Flood of cross-border e-commerce packages challenges customs authorities to keep up, ensure security
U.S. and other governments are missing trade and product data while struggling to identify security risks for time-sensitive shipments, customs broker says.

Forward Thinking
How the maritime industry can compete in the age of Amazon
Port of Long Beach head says ecosystem must adopt "24/7 thinking" and a range of operational improvements to meet businesses' need for speed.

Forward Thinking
What, me worry about tariffs?
Many international traders are concerned about the possibility of a trade war with China. Their worries may be overstated.

Forward Thinking
Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says
Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds.

Forward Thinking
The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"
New MHI industry report identifies the five key technologies necessary for the next generation of supply chain management and the three biggest barriers standing in the way.

Forward Thinking
Capacity crisis (surprise!) hogs the spotlight at TIA annual conference
Public, private networking chatter focus on the rate pain likely to come.

Forward Thinking
Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study
In spite of growing complexity, more than half of companies are still using pen and paper to manage e-commerce deliveries.

Forward Thinking
Put your trust in crowd sourcing and big data, McAfee urges keynote crowd
In the "digital future," conventional wisdom is replaced with new playbook for business success, MIT author says.

Forward Thinking
Modex keynote provides a how-to guide to "disrupting yourself"
UPS CIO Juan Perez challenges Modex attendees to create a culture of—and structure for—innovation within their company.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds
New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

CSCMP Notebook
What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

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