CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 23, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2012

8 steps to a

Strategy
8 steps to a "servitized" supply chain

Offering bundled packages of products and services—a strategy known as "servitization"—provides greater value to the customer and can lead to more profitable relationships between manufacturer and customer. Here's how to develop a "servitized" supply chain that supports customer-segmented service.

Logistics

Clustering for competitive advantage

This excerpt from a new book about "logistics clusters" tells how the fashion retailer Zara uses the regional cluster in Zaragoza, Spain, to support its unusual—and highly successful—manufacturing and distribution model.
Global

Inside Dell's global command centers

The technology giant's global command centers coordinate parts logistics and field technicians to respond swiftly to customers' requests. They even monitor potential problems like natural disasters and work with customers to develop contingency plans.
Manufacturing

The case for front-end vertical integration

Companies that outsource manufacturing can better control process, product quality, flexibility, and delivery if they have a higher degree of integration with their suppliers. In some cases, it may make sense to bring some manufacturing in-house. A technique called "Krajlic's matrix" facilitates that decision.
Global

Segment your suppliers to reduce risk

Most companies treat all suppliers the same, and they respond too late to supplier-related risk. By segmenting their supply base and basing governance agreements on a supplier's role and importance in the supply chain, they could better anticipate and prevent disruption.
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Perspective

The promise of "big data"

The ability of "big data" analysis to pool and analyze information from disparate sources will help companies recognize hidden relationships and use that knowledge to improve their operations.
Afterword

Getting everyone on the same page

If you want to be rid of silos in your organization, then be sure that your technological infrastructure will support, rather than detract from, that mission.
Career Ladder

What is holding you back?

It's time to identify your obstacles and deal with them, rather than allow your preferences and fears to dictate your career path.
Direct Connection

Collaboration: the key to managing change

Collaboration has become the driving force behind supply chain management excellence.
Monetary Matters

Ricardo's "comparative advantage" still holds true today

The 19th-century British economist David Ricardo recognized that even when a nation is more efficient than another at producing all goods, it benefits by focusing on the one for which it is internally most efficient, and trading for the others.
Forward Thinking

Product recalls vex most supply chains, survey finds

Respondents voice concerns about brand impact of recalls.

Cost control remains the top supply chain goal for manufacturers

Survey finds that increasing agility, product quality and safety are also high priorities.

Business process, transaction costs are top change initiatives

Research finds supply management organizations have a laundry list of changes they plan to make in the next few years.

Gartner: Samsung has the best supply chain in Asia

The research firm's list of the best-managed supply chains in Asia Pacific was heavy on electronics and auto manufacturers.

Global market for WMS software up 10 percent in 2011, report finds

Worldwide sales hit $1.3 billion last year, ARC says.

Singapore tops World Bank's 2012 Logistics Performance List

Asian, European nations with well-developed infrastructure take nine of the top 10 spots.

Survey finds supply chain professionals upbeat about jobs, career

The latest Ohio State University Career Patterns in Logistics and Supply Chain Management study finds that CSCMP members like their profession, including its many challenges.

Study: "Reshoring" trend gains strength

A new CSCMP-sponsored study documents why manufacturers in certain industries are returning to the United States.

Global Trade Flow Index: Economic challenges continue for global trade

Despite the world's economic and political troubles, global trade volumes still managed to creep upward in the first quarter of 2012.

One-third of North American distribution centers are outsourced

The percentage of distribution centers being outsourced is increasing, according to a Tompkins Associates study.
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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
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
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Maersk to combine liner, supply chain units into one product
Ocean shipping, Damco operations to operate with single point of contact.

Forward Thinking
Supply chains shift from global to local
A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.

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Survey: retailers turning to AI to improve demand management
Artificial intelligence seen as tool for generating more accurate forecasts, Symphony RetailAI says.

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Diesel to power smaller share of U.S. truck orders by 2040, study says
Battery electric vehicles to gain share as urban trucking grows, technology improves, IHS Markit report says.

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Florence flooding keeps Port of Wilmington, NC, closed to trucks until Monday
Planned 14-day closure could squeeze imports of bananas, clementines.

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Florence's winds continue to slow, but heavy rain triggers road, track, and port closures.
Carriers warn clients of freight delays, as floods shutter logistics sites.

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Small trials can lead to big results with blockchain and AI, panel says
GE and IBM advise launching internal pilots of emerging technologies, Project44 speakers say.

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South Carolina ports set all-time monthly box record in August
Figure breaks June's prior record.

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Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices
Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

Forward Thinking
How to prepare your supply chain for a hurricane
New report from DHL offers tips for "battening down the hatches" when your supply chain is threatened by a major storm.

CSCMP Notebook
A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

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