CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2012

Rules of engagement: A better way to interact with suppliers

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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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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
Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

Forward Thinking
Grand Theft Warehousing?
The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

Forward Thinking
Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
Tracking asset provenance poses a huge challenge for global supply chains and insurance providers. Using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies in combination offers a solution that could reshape future supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?

Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.