CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 18, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2012

Rules of engagement: A better way to interact with suppliers

Strategy
Rules of engagement: A better way to interact with suppliers

To develop and maintain collaborative relationships with far-flung suppliers, companies should first segment them, and then implement interaction models that set the rules of engagement. Here's how to apply this approach in your own operation.

Strategy

Start with the customer!

At most companies, customers' needs are not high on the list of factors driving supply chain strategy. In this excerpt from his new book, Dr. J. Paul Dittmann of the University of Tennessee explains the potentially costly consequences of that policy.
Procurement

From many, one: IBM's unified supply chain

When IBM switched from a focus on regional business units to operating as a global organization, it had to create a single, integrated supply chain aligned with the new business model.
Technology

Is standardized software eroding your competitive edge?

Standard enterprise software packages provide a consistent structure for basic supply chain processes. But these generic applications may not accommodate the processes and policies that set your company apart from its competitors.
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Perspective

The changing geography of supply chains

The return of some manufacturing to the United States will not spell an end to global supply chains. But supply chains in the future may not be as extensive and far-flung as they have been for the past few decades.
Afterword

Logistics without borders?

The "Supply Chain Saves the World" track at CSCMP's 2012 Annual Global Conference highlighted how harnessing supply chain expertise for humanitarian causes worldwide could have an enormous impact.
Direct Connection

The "buzz" around supply chain management

At the recent CSCMP Annual Global Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, I was reminded over and over again what an exciting time it is for supply chain management professionals.
Monetary Matters

From "comparative advantage" to "consumption advantage"

Global consumption patterns are shifting as consumers gain more buying power in developing economies.
Career Ladder

Should I stay or should I go?

When is it the right time to change jobs? Here are some recommendations that can help you decide whether and when to make a move.
Forward Thinking

U.S. government forms supply chain "advisory committee" to support competitiveness of U.S. exporters

Department of Commerce taps supply chain experts to provide input for national freight policy and export initiative.

Supply chain IT systems increasingly vulnerable to attack, analysts warn

Supply chain operations could lose millions of dollars due to IT breaches by 2016, according to a recent report.

Study: Economic uncertainty reshaping outlook for logistics service industry

Annual Northeastern University third-party logistics survey finds economic conditions have created both problems and opportunities for 3PLs worldwide.

Who needs ships? Just drive the container!

Self-propelled ocean container could deliver the goods to remote locations.

Global Trade Flow Index: Global trade trending up despite European risks

The euro zone's political and fiscal future remains in question, but demand in other markets is helping trade volumes to nose up slightly.

Book offers roadmap for supply chain transformation

Supply Chain Transformation: Practical Roadmap to Best Practice Results helps readers get started on the journey to supply chain excellence.

E-commerce promotes regional distribution

Shift would help online retailers speed delivery and reduce the cost of handling returns.
Departments

Datebook

Conferences and educational events worldwide

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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
La la la, I'm not listening ...
The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears.

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
JD teams with Walmart, IBM on blockchain research
Chinese delivery giant will use software to track food shipments in China, firm says.

Forward Thinking
More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte
Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

Forward Thinking
Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84
Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance
It's the hottest IT topic to come down the pike in years. Now if people only knew what to do with it.

Forward Thinking
Average size of U.S. warehouses has doubled since 2002, CBRE report finds
The broom in e-commerce has expanded the girth and height of warehouse over the past decade.

Forward Thinking
New coalition looks to educate policymakers and public about importance of the global value chain
Members of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition include five industry associations plus major retailers such as Target, Levi Strauss, and VF Corp.

Forward Thinking
Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world
"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

Forward Thinking
Study: Reverse logistics still a puzzle for omnichannel retailers
The promise of hassle-free returns may keep customers happy, but a recent survey suggests that omnichannel players are still struggling to find the right balance between cost and service.

Forward Thinking
How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event
The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

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.

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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