CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 20, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2013

Supply chain management: A look back, a look ahead

Supply chain management: A look back, a look ahead

Key events in the past that have made supply chain management what it is today are likely to shape what the profession and discipline will become in the future.


"Master data! Master data! My supply chain for master data!"

With data quality and consistency becoming critically important factors in supply chain performance, companies will have to pay more attention to master data management. That may require supply chain managers to change the way they think about and utilize data.

Collaboration bears fruit

By working with a competitor to boost transportation efficiency, Ocean Spray cut freight costs by 40 percent and greenhouse gases by 20 percent in one major lane.

The 10 hidden costs of outsourcing

Outsourcing production overseas used to be a can't-miss strategy. But the combination of changing business dynamics and the original outsourcing assumptions has revealed costs that may prompt companies to re-evaluate their outsourcing decisions.

How a "3-D" supply chain process system could revolutionize business

The emergence of three-dimensional supply chain processes could alter the business landscape, helping small and medium-size businesses to become more competitive.

SCM: The next 50 years

The supply chain profession has seen dramatic change in the past 50 years. There's much more to come.

Voices of the "Pioneers"

A series of videos that will debut at CSCMP's 2013 Annual Global Conference will highlight the people, practices, and ideas that have shaped the supply chain management as we know it today.
Career Ladder

Build your professional "brand"

If you want to have a successful career as a supply chain professional, it's important that you focus on building and marketing an exceptional professional brand.
Direct Connection

Ten great reasons to attend our Annual Global Conference

We have a number of special events planned during our 2013 Annual Global Conference to celebrate CSCMP's 50th anniversary.
Monetary Matters

Emerging markets: The "Per Capita Problem"

With emerging markets growing more slowly, supply chain managers will have to rethink their strategies for serving those markets.
Forward Thinking

Report: "Big data" will have a big impact

Respondents to a recent survey say they expect the ability to analyze huge amounts of data from disparate sources will help improve their companies' performance.

Study: Buyers are focusing too much on short-term savings

Chief procurement officers say short-term thinking limits the value that could be gained from supplier relationships.

Europe eyes a legal framework for shared supply chains

Proposed guidelines would help companies collaborate without violating antitrust laws.

Urbanization will drive more logistics spending

Four trends will cause logistics expenditures in cities worldwide to double by 2020, predicts a new Frost & Sullivan research report.

Apple tops Gartner's best supply chain list again

The consumer electronics giant is number one on the research firm's "top 25 supply chains" list for the sixth consecutive year.

Three innovations that will change transportation

A report by the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group identifies technologies that could have the greatest impacts on freight and passenger transportation in the future.

Space: the final supply chain frontier

An infographic developed by Florida Tech University illustrates the size and complexity of space project supply chains.

Global trade and container flow index

Trade gains momentum but growth is still modest.

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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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
Commentary: Manufacturing quality reimagined: The hidden power of your data
Manufacturers that only use quality data in a reactive manner at the local plant level are missing out on opportunities to generate large-scale, enterprisewide savings.

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.

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.