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December 16, 2017

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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Perspective
La la la, I'm not listening ...
The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte
Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

Forward Thinking
Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84
Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance
It's the hottest IT topic to come down the pike in years. Now if people only knew what to do with it.

Forward Thinking
Average size of U.S. warehouses has doubled since 2002, CBRE report finds
The broom in e-commerce has expanded the girth and height of warehouse over the past decade.

Forward Thinking
New coalition looks to educate policymakers and public about importance of the global value chain
Members of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition include five industry associations plus major retailers such as Target, Levi Strauss, and VF Corp.

Forward Thinking
Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world
"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

Forward Thinking
Study: Reverse logistics still a puzzle for omnichannel retailers
The promise of hassle-free returns may keep customers happy, but a recent survey suggests that omnichannel players are still struggling to find the right balance between cost and service.

Forward Thinking
How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event
The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

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.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

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.

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