CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 24, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2013

How to fix the 3PL talent problem

How to fix the 3PL talent problem

Third-party logistics companies worldwide say recruiting and retaining managers is one of their biggest challenges. Here are some steps providers can take to remedy this growing concern.


How to recognize and reduce risk

Three techniques—segmentation, quantitative risk assessment, and scenario planning—can help managers identify, assess, and mitigate supply chain risk.

Collaboration without borders

In Europe, Baxter International's experience with "horizontal collaboration," where two or more shippers share transportation movements, has been so successful that the company plans to expand the program beyond its current boundaries.

The Voices of the Pioneers

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) brought together some of its most influential members to record their observations about the past, present, and future of the profession.

How the discipline came of age

In this excerpt from Episode 1, supply chain pioneers Joseph Andraski, George Gecowets, Roger Kallock, and Mark Richards discuss how the discipline evolved from physical distribution into supply chain management.

The current state of the profession

Logistics and supply chain management have come a long way from the old green eyeshade days. In this excerpt from Episode 8 of the "Supply Chain Pioneers" video series, Kenneth Ackerman, Donald "Dee" Biggs, John Bowersox, Mark Richards, and Thomas Speh discuss what the profession looks like today.

Supply chain reaches the C-level

In this excerpt from Episode 6 of "Supply Chain Pioneers," Ann Drake, Ralph Drayer, Nancy Haslip, Frederick "Rick" Schorr, and Justin Zubrod discuss how the supply chain evolved from a tactical cost center to a "strategic weapon."

Retail stores can't handle omnichannel fulfillment on their own

To successfully conduct e-commerce with an omnichannel fulfillment strategy, retailers will have to let supply chain managers oversee pick, pack, and ship at stores.

STEM and the supply chain

Employers worry about a shortage of workers with training in science, technology, engineering, and math. Yet a number of economists say the nation actually doesn't have enough jobs for the graduates we're producing.
Career Ladder

How to thrive in times of transition

Learning how to adapt to change is a necessary ingredient for success, both in business and in your career.
Direct Connection

Shaping global business past, present, and future

As the Council of Supply chain Management Professionals celebrates its 50-year anniversary, it's a good time to consider how far the organization has come and what role it will play in the future.
Monetary Matters

Africa rising: The new emerging market of the 21st century?

Africa's nascent consumer base is bound to have a profound impact on future international trade patterns and supply chain dynamics.
Forward Thinking

Mobile technologies could save companies thousands of dollars, study says

Many companies still don't see value in mobile use, according to results of a study conducted by Intermec.

Study finds stores are weak link in omnichannel supply chain

Most retailers have yet to bring the same level of order-fulfillment accuracy they've achieved in distribution centers to their retail outlets.

Demand-driven planning both a focus and a challenge for large companies

Respondents to a survey of manufacturers say they struggle with aligning operations with real-time customer demand.

Ten global trends shaping packaging

Staying on top of these trends will lead to both challenges and opportunities for supply chain executives, says one packaging consultant.

Regulatory compliance biggest pain in global health care supply chain, annual survey finds

A UPS-commissioned poll finds product security trumps cost issues as the second-biggest global concern.

College grads recommend supply chain management as a major

Respondents to a survey of college students give supply chain management the highest marks of all fields of study.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index

Despite modest improvements of late, global recessionary trends could hold back trade.


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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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
The green gap
Companies that take a systematic approach to supply chain sustainability are more likely to reap the benefits of their efforts than companies with a narrower focus, two research reports say.

Forward Thinking
AWESOME announces this year's Legendary Leadership Award winners
The organization for women in the supply chain recognizes executives from the Bloom Energy Corporation and the Panama Canal Authority for advancements they have made in the field.

Forward Thinking
Global consortium tests blockchain for international moves, finds huge savings
Participants see big potential in eliminating data exchanges in favor of real-time viewing.

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.

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.