CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 24, 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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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
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: When failure is really not an option
You shouldn't have to worry about the hospital supply chain when wheeled into the OR.

Forward Thinking
Putting logistics on a low-carbon diet
New book explores ways to cut industry's greenhouse-gas footprint.

Forward Thinking
XPO to build highly automated DC in U.K.
The warehouse will open in 2020 and handle consumer packaged goods for Nestle as well as testing new technologies.

Forward Thinking
LevaData announces $12 million venture funding for AI tools
Artificial intelligence software can cut supply chain risk and cost, firm says.

Forward Thinking
Truckers sitting in sweet spot as decade winds down, State of Logistics Report says
Truckers seen taking share from rails as technologies drive down costs, improve service, annual report says; transport, inventory costs climbed well above inflation in '17, it adds.

Forward Thinking
Jump in dedicated revenues highlights strong 2017 for 3PLs, Armstrong says
Dedicated grows much higher than historical average as shippers seek capacity assurance.

Forward Thinking
Home Depot launches pilot for ambitious outbound delivery plan
Four-year, $1.2 billion initiative aimed at making next-day deliveries to all U.S. customers.

Forward Thinking
Transport, warehousing employment gains in the U.S. fueled by warehousing, truck, couriers
U.S. government data shows sector gained 19,000 jobs over April figures.

Forward Thinking
How Unilever funds supply chain innovation
To encourage employees to be more innovative, the consumer packaged goods company set up a microfunding effort for small experimental supply chain implementations.

Forward Thinking
International air freight to have tradable futures market
TAC Holdings establishes platform to remedy pricing "inefficiencies."

CSCMP Notebook
New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment
The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.

CSCMP launches Supply Chain Professionals Day
The annual event is set for the third Monday in May and will include online photo campaign.

Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

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