CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 22, 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Most companies calculate total delivered cost (TDC) based on inaccurate and outdated assumptions.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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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
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.

Forward Thinking
How to prepare your supply chain for a hurricane
New report from DHL offers tips for "battening down the hatches" when your supply chain is threatened by a major storm.

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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