CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 19, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2013

Supply chain strategies: Which one hits the mark?

Strategy
Supply chain strategies: Which one hits the mark?

Supply chain strategies generally conform to one of six types. Choose the best one for your organization, and you'll manage your business more effectively.

Strategy

The 7 characteristics of strong S&OP teams

This excerpt from the new book The Market-Driven Supply Chain explains what makes a productive and effective sales and operations planning (S&OP) team and outlines what that team should accomplish.
Strategy

Kimberly-Clark connects its supply chain to the store shelf

In its quest to achieve a demand-driven supply chain, Kimberly-Clark turned to software that generates shipment forecasts based on point-of-sale data. Now the consumer products giant can better serve some of its customers with a lot less inventory.
Strategy

A five-point plan for meeting your goals

Don't leave the story of your life to chance. If you want to achieve professional and personal success, following this simple plan will help you get where you want to go.
Logistics

Transportation: The road ahead

New developments in freight transportation, including innovations in fuel and infrastructure, could have a major influence on supply chain operations. But the biggest impact may come from advances in software.
Columns
Perspective

Three trends to watch in 2013

"Reshoring," demand-driven replenishment, and big data are likely to become more widespread in the coming year.
Afterword

A giant pulling sound

End users—businesses and consumers—are sucking away control of order fulfillment and shipping from manufacturers and retailers.
Career Ladder

Supply chain specialist or generalist: Which is right for you?

Specialize, and you might get "locked in" to a particular area of responsibility. Broaden your knowledge and experience, and you could move further up the career ladder.
Direct Connection

CSCMP celebrates its Golden Anniversary

This year, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) will celebrate reaching an important milestone: its 50th anniversary.
Monetary Matters

Demography has spoken

Several global demographic trends have productivity and supply chain implications. Two that deserve particular attention: urbanization and aging.
Forward Thinking

One-third of manufacturers expect supplier problems this year

An American Society for Quality (ASQ) survey finds that buyers are taking action to prevent anticipated parts shortages.

Supply chain executives foresee increasing costs from disruptions

Deloitte Consulting survey finds that supply chain breaks have become more costly to companies.

U.S. CEOs plan to tighten supplier links

PwC's "16th Annual Global CEO Survey" finds executives are concerned about the cost and reliability of materials and energy.

Book examines impact of "macrotrends" on supply chains

Several global economic and consumer trends are likely to disrupt modern business practices and add unprecedented complexity to supply chains, creating challenges for supply chain managers.

Supply Chain Quarterly launches new video series

Our "Supply Chain Spotlight" series of video interviews offers a wealth of commentary about new developments in the field.

Reducing supply chain barriers would do more to increase trade than ending import tariffs

Even "half measures" toward implementing best practices would be six times more beneficial to global growth than eliminating tariffs, report says.

Global trade growing amid uncertainties

Container throughput is expected to gain momentum in Q1/2013, as countries ramp up their efforts to prevent an economic slowdown.
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Datebook

Conferences and educational events worldwide

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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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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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