CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 20, 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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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts
DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Forward Thinking
Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation
The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Just 3 percent of retailers have completed digital transformation projects
Companies plan investment in big data and analytics, the internet of things, and machine learning, SAP says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: New warehouse construction caught up to hot demand in fourth quarter
Sparse availability of industrial space held steady in Q4 after years of declines, real estate group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain cybersecurity threats may rise in 2018, warns Booz Allen
Companies could see an increase in cyber threats such as the NotPetya attack, which shut down container shipping giant Maersk.

Forward Thinking
Toyota announces supply chain research grant recipients
Lift truck maker to fund projects on warehouse automation, electric vehicles, and Industry 4.0.

Forward Thinking
IATA says global airfreight on track for best year since 2010
Gains should continue into 2018, group says, citing solid November results.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports seen growing 7 percent in 2017, NRF-Hackett report says
Total for 2017 expected to come to 20.1 million TEU, topping last year's record.

Forward Thinking
Report urges apparel companies to stop chasing low-cost-country sourcing
As costs rise in all sourcing markets, companies need to switch from a supply chain strategy focused on cost-cutting to one focused on value creation says a Kurt Salmon report.

CSCMP Notebook
Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2017 conference held in September in Atlanta, Georgia.

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