CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 20, 2017

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
Convergence and the future of material handling
The blurring of lines between providers of equipment, software, and other technologies will profoundly change the material handling world—and yours, too.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Supply chain excellence: It's tough to make it to the top—and stay there
Research for Supply Chain Insights' 2017 Supply Chains to Admire list shows that very few companies outperform their peers—and those that do often struggle to maintain their leadership positions.

Research for the Real World
The link between driver turnover and motor carrier safety
While it makes sense that an increase in driver turnover would have a negative effect on the carriers' safety, little is known about the exact nature of the relationship and about whether managers can take steps to mitigate those negative effects.
Forward Thinking
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say
Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

Forward Thinking
Reshuffled ocean carrier alliances have been good for industry—so far, carrier executives contend
New carrier groupings and industry consolidation not detrimental to shippers, but problems remain, according to speakers at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) conference.

Forward Thinking
Study: consumers prefer in-store shopping over e-commerce
The convenience of in-stock merchandise trumps greater choice and the customization of online inventory, a JDA survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Brexit is already disrupting European supply chains, says U.K. procurement organization
A survey of U.K. and European supply chain managers found that many are reexamining their relationships with suppliers.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce DC of the future to be hybrid of automation, labor, expert says
100 percent automation will never happen, according to Joe Dunlap of real estate and logistics services firm CBRE.

Forward Thinking
New industry group looks to create blockchain standards for the freight industry
The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance seeks to bring together companies that have an interest in the deploying the technology to improve efficiencies in freight transportation.

Forward Thinking
Lights! Camera! Logistics!: interview with Elaine Singleton
Technicolor has been part of the filmgoing fabric for decades. But as Elaine Singleton, the company's vice president of supply chain, explains, there is also a thriving 3PL brand behind the credits.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs will devote more attention and resources to technology and e-commerce in 2018, agency's acting head says
Kevin K. McAleenan outlined priorities for the coming year at last week's CONECT conference.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Driving profitability in an express world
The pressure is on to move to faster and faster delivery to the end consumer. Here are a few strategies shippers can adopt to drive profitability in their transportation networks while still providing what their customers really want.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

CSCMP names 2017 Emerging Leader Award winners
Nathan Chaney of Mainfreight and David Perez of Cushman & Wakefield will be recognized at CSCMP's annual conference for their contributions as young supply chain professionals.

CSCMP EDGE conference to offer three facility tours
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a Home Depot fulfillment center, and a Kroger distribution center.

CSCMP and TSC Advantage offer cybersecurity resources to protect supply chain
The launch of this new training program comes in the wake of a June cyberattack that disrupted operations at Maersk and FedEx.

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