CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 23, 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Most companies calculate total delivered cost (TDC) based on inaccurate and outdated assumptions.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.
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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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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
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
Dutch firm unveils world's first 3-D-printed propeller
"WAAMpeller" breezes through speed trials and crash stop tests.

Forward Thinking
No help needed. Really.
Retailer JD.com set to open chain of fully automated convenience stores in China.

Forward Thinking
Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts
DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Forward Thinking
Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation
The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Just 3 percent of retailers have completed digital transformation projects
Companies plan investment in big data and analytics, the internet of things, and machine learning, SAP says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: New warehouse construction caught up to hot demand in fourth quarter
Sparse availability of industrial space held steady in Q4 after years of declines, real estate group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain cybersecurity threats may rise in 2018, warns Booz Allen
Companies could see an increase in cyber threats such as the NotPetya attack, which shut down container shipping giant Maersk.

Forward Thinking
Toyota announces supply chain research grant recipients
Lift truck maker to fund projects on warehouse automation, electric vehicles, and Industry 4.0.

Forward Thinking
IATA says global airfreight on track for best year since 2010
Gains should continue into 2018, group says, citing solid November results.

CSCMP Notebook
Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

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.

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