CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 20, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2014

Conflict minerals and corporate supply chains: The challenge of complying with Dodd-Frank

Procurement
Conflict minerals and corporate supply chains: The challenge of complying with Dodd-Frank

In just a few months, publicly traded U.S. companies will have to report their use of certain minerals and their derivatives to the government. Not ready just yet? Here's how to get your compliance efforts under way.

Procurement

How Costa Express brewed up a better supply chain

When its original logistics and procurement model threatened to constrain its rapid growth, the U.K.-based coffee retailer went all-in: new leadership, new supply chain strategy, new logistics provider, and new software. Here's how it all paid off.
Strategy

Too-great expectations?

Many young supply chain professionals have unrealistic expectations about job requirements and career paths. Employers and educators must do a better job of communicating what skills and traits new hires will need in the real world.
Strategy

A fresh approach to improving total delivered cost

Most companies calculate total delivered cost (TDC) based on inaccurate and outdated assumptions. Using optimization technology to more accurately forecast TDC by product and customer will help them to improve both their supply chain planning decisions and their costs.
Logistics

The real impact of high transportation costs

High transportation costs are driving three main shifts in supply chain strategies. These changes are having a beneficial impact not just on transportation budgets but also on broader supply chain and financial performance.
Columns
Perspective

"Green" supply chains are still too costly

It's not surprising that cost and insufficient return on investment remain the biggest roadblock to adoption of emission-reductions program.
Career Ladder

Stop the "energy crisis"!

Your personal energy is the foundation of everything you do as a supply chain professional. Here's some advice on how to take care of yourself so you can be at your best.
Direct Connection

Supply chain risk: Takeaways from our Singapore conference

A stellar lineup of speakers talked about the array of risks faced by global supply chains today, and how they and their companies are responding to and mitigating those risks.
Monetary Matters

The American consumer and the retail supply chain

After their 2013 experience, retailers are likely to tighten store inventories during the 2014 holiday season. Here's why.
Afterword

Ethical supply chains: Complex, but essential

While building a global supply chain can have enormous financial benefits, it also brings with it enormous ethical responsibility.
Forward Thinking

Study: No link between supplier expenditures and risk

The supplier you spend the most money on isn't necessarily the one that could cause you the most trouble.

Starbucks adds risk management program to help protect its supply chain

The coffee chain's enterprise risk management initiative identifies macro trends that could interrupt its supply chain and helps it to mitigate those risks.

Companies are reducing investments in emission-reduction programs

According to research conducted by CDP and Accenture, companies are becoming more cautious about investing in emission-reduction and supply chain sustainability programs.

Practitioners name top supply chain schools, certifications

The supply chain research and education organization SCM World has published its members' picks for the best sources of supply chain talent.

Improving U.S. economy boosts global trade growth

Global trade is seeing an uptick thanks in part to stronger economic performance in the United States.
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Chain Reactions

Letters to the editor

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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Perspective
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
Flood of cross-border e-commerce packages challenges customs authorities to keep up, ensure security
U.S. and other governments are missing trade and product data while struggling to identify security risks for time-sensitive shipments, customs broker says.

Forward Thinking
How the maritime industry can compete in the age of Amazon
Port of Long Beach head says ecosystem must adopt "24/7 thinking" and a range of operational improvements to meet businesses' need for speed.

Forward Thinking
What, me worry about tariffs?
Many international traders are concerned about the possibility of a trade war with China. Their worries may be overstated.

Forward Thinking
Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says
Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds.

Forward Thinking
The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"
New MHI industry report identifies the five key technologies necessary for the next generation of supply chain management and the three biggest barriers standing in the way.

Forward Thinking
Capacity crisis (surprise!) hogs the spotlight at TIA annual conference
Public, private networking chatter focus on the rate pain likely to come.

Forward Thinking
Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study
In spite of growing complexity, more than half of companies are still using pen and paper to manage e-commerce deliveries.

Forward Thinking
Put your trust in crowd sourcing and big data, McAfee urges keynote crowd
In the "digital future," conventional wisdom is replaced with new playbook for business success, MIT author says.

Forward Thinking
Modex keynote provides a how-to guide to "disrupting yourself"
UPS CIO Juan Perez challenges Modex attendees to create a culture of—and structure for—innovation within their company.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds
New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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