CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 22, 2018

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.
Columns
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

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
Latest Video

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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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
Commentary: When failure is really not an option
You shouldn't have to worry about the hospital supply chain when wheeled into the OR.

Forward Thinking
Putting logistics on a low-carbon diet
New book explores ways to cut industry's greenhouse-gas footprint.

Forward Thinking
XPO to build highly automated DC in U.K.
The warehouse will open in 2020 and handle consumer packaged goods for Nestle as well as testing new technologies.

Forward Thinking
LevaData announces $12 million venture funding for AI tools
Artificial intelligence software can cut supply chain risk and cost, firm says.

Forward Thinking
Truckers sitting in sweet spot as decade winds down, State of Logistics Report says
Truckers seen taking share from rails as technologies drive down costs, improve service, annual report says; transport, inventory costs climbed well above inflation in '17, it adds.

Forward Thinking
Jump in dedicated revenues highlights strong 2017 for 3PLs, Armstrong says
Dedicated grows much higher than historical average as shippers seek capacity assurance.

Forward Thinking
Home Depot launches pilot for ambitious outbound delivery plan
Four-year, $1.2 billion initiative aimed at making next-day deliveries to all U.S. customers.

Forward Thinking
Transport, warehousing employment gains in the U.S. fueled by warehousing, truck, couriers
U.S. government data shows sector gained 19,000 jobs over April figures.

Forward Thinking
How Unilever funds supply chain innovation
To encourage employees to be more innovative, the consumer packaged goods company set up a microfunding effort for small experimental supply chain implementations.

Forward Thinking
International air freight to have tradable futures market
TAC Holdings establishes platform to remedy pricing "inefficiencies."

CSCMP Notebook
New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment
The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.

CSCMP launches Supply Chain Professionals Day
The annual event is set for the third Monday in May and will include online photo campaign.

Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

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