CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 25, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2013

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Manufacturing
Get ready for the "software-defined supply chain"

As new technologies transform manufacturing from an activity defined by hardware and logistics constraints to one that's largely defined by software, supply chain leaders will have to completely reshape their product manufacturing and design processes. Most look unprepared to meet that challenge.

Technology

The power of a control tower

Agilent Technologies' "control tower"—an information hub linking the instrument maker with its suppliers to provide inventory visibility—has helped the company deftly model parts availability, manage order promising, and counteract parts shortages during a natural disaster.
Technology

The case for item-level RFID

Retailers are well aware of the benefits of applying radio-frequency identification tags to individual items, yet relatively few are doing it. That could quickly change: Omnichannel retailing, the author argues, will make adoption of item-level RFID imperative.
Strategy

A seat on the board: Do you have what it takes?

Whether you're choosing a new member of a board of directors or are a candidate yourself, following these guidelines will help to ensure the board includes people with the right skills and attributes for the job.
Logistics

Material handling equipment for multichannel success

A distribution center designed to support retail stores may not have what it takes to meet the demands of direct-to-consumer fulfillment. The right material handling equipment can help retailers efficiently serve both channels.
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Perspective

Three trends to watch in 2014

New technologies, an increase in "reshoring," and a growing interest in demand-driven supply chains could have a big impact on supply chain management this year.
Afterword

When being smart is not enough

Lots of companies concentrate on being smart. What they really should be focusing on, says Patrick Lencioni, is being healthy.
Career Ladder

This year, just say no

Instead of resolving to do more this year, resolve to stop doing the things that get in the way of focusing on your long-term goals and plans.
Direct Connection

CSCMP supports supply chain education in India

Through networking, education, advocacy, and more, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is making a difference in India's supply chain community.
Monetary Matters

Expect to see more goods "Hecho en México"

Mexican exports to the United States will continue to rise, and Mexico will grab a greater share of imports from other major U.S. trading partners.
Forward Thinking

Study: Logistics and transportation jobs could be in peril

Automation is likely to eliminate many transportation and warehousing jobs, predicts an academic study conducted by Oxford University researchers.

MIT seeks practitioner input to new online supply chain education program

SCMx, described as a "virtual classroom," is under development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Transportation and Logistics, expected to launch in 2014

Consumer packaged goods giants launch collaborative rail intermodal service in Europe

The goal of a pilot program conducted by Colgate-Palmolive Co., Mondelez International Inc., and Nestlé S.A. is to substantially cut CO2 emissions.

New book examines the state of logistics in China

A new publication from the Logistics Center at Nankai University outlines the current state of China's transportation infrastructure and logistics industry and considers future developments.

High-tech interest in nearshoring grows, but some skepticism remains

Although the number of companies considering relocating their manufacturing facilities closer to consumers has increased, three out of four still plan to stay where they are, a UPS survey finds.

Study: Global manufacturers need more flexibility

A new report from Accenture says that manufacturers worldwide plan to invest in people, processes, and technology that will allow them to change their production facilities and product mix.

U.S. retail supply chains still struggle to meet holiday demand

More than 80 percent find it challenging to plan capacity to meet peak requirements, according to the results of a Capgemini survey.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index

China, the United States, and Germany drove modest global economic growth in Q3
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CSCMP Notebook

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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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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
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking
Pacejet Shipping Software and Single Source Systems partner to support logistics platform
Two firms will leverage Infor ERP software, extend life of SyteLine pick, pack, and ship product beyond 2019.

Forward Thinking
Maersk to combine liner, supply chain units into one product
Ocean shipping, Damco operations to operate with single point of contact.

Forward Thinking
Supply chains shift from global to local
A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.

Forward Thinking
Survey: retailers turning to AI to improve demand management
Artificial intelligence seen as tool for generating more accurate forecasts, Symphony RetailAI says.

Forward Thinking
Diesel to power smaller share of U.S. truck orders by 2040, study says
Battery electric vehicles to gain share as urban trucking grows, technology improves, IHS Markit report says.

Forward Thinking
Florence flooding keeps Port of Wilmington, NC, closed to trucks until Monday
Planned 14-day closure could squeeze imports of bananas, clementines.

Forward Thinking
Florence's winds continue to slow, but heavy rain triggers road, track, and port closures.
Carriers warn clients of freight delays, as floods shutter logistics sites.

Forward Thinking
Small trials can lead to big results with blockchain and AI, panel says
GE and IBM advise launching internal pilots of emerging technologies, Project44 speakers say.

Forward Thinking
South Carolina ports set all-time monthly box record in August
Figure breaks June's prior record.

Forward Thinking
Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices
Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

CSCMP Notebook
A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

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