CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 17, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2014

Lifting the fog: Three steps to supply chain visibility

Lifting the fog: Three steps to supply chain visibility

To achieve supply chain visibility, you need to collect and analyze vast amounts of data. But how do you choose the right data? Following this three-step approach will help you leverage valuable data from both existing and new sources.


How Diageo reduced risk in Asia

By tailoring its supply chain strategy for specific product segments, the global beverage company reduced the risk of disruption to its growing Asian business. In the process, it gained a competitive advantage in this vast and variable market.

A supply chain redesign for omnichannel success

To maintain its lead in omnichannel retailing, the venerable U.K. retailer John Lewis has adopted a very modern strategy: converting to "hybrid" distribution centers that fill orders for both retail stores and online sales.

Building a winning supply chain in Latin America

Its size, strong growth, and relative wealth make Latin America an increasingly appealing market—but only for companies that can overcome the region's supply chain complexities.

How business intelligence can improve strategic sourcing

Applying business intelligence (BI) solutions to procurement resolves traditional customer/supplier conflicts and provides a wealth of benefits to both parties. A longtime supply chain executive explains how it works.

Wanted: Data scientists

To gain real advantage from complex "big data" analysis, you may need to bring in outside experts—but they're not so easy to come by.

Remembering a great humanitarian

We urge all who knew, or knew of, Jock Menzies to take a moment to pause, reflect, and honor his memory.
Direct Connection

CSCMP's Annual Global Conference—a great educational value

The vibrant city of San Antonio, Texas, USA, will host the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2014 Annual Global Conference, September 21-24.
Career Ladder

Mentoring: A big commitment, with big rewards

Thinking about becoming a mentor? Here are some guidelines for developing and maintaining a successful relationship that will benefit both mentor and mentee.
Monetary Matters

Global trade in transition: From hyperglobalization to a globalized world

A combination of slow and/or uneven growth in global trade could have important implications for global supply chain dynamics.
Forward Thinking

Supply chain executives' ambitions exceed their grasp—for now

A study conducted by MHI and Deloitte reveals the goals of supply chain executives and the constraints they face.

New book offers guidelines for evaluating 10 world regions

Global Supply Chains: Evaluating Regions on an EPIC Framework—Economy, Politics, Infrastructure and Competence presents a systematic approach to evaluating 10 world regions with respect to supply chain activities.

Study: Superior supply chains = superior growth

Recent research by Deloitte Consulting quantifies the financial benefits of superior supply chain capabilities.

New supply chain excellence index set to debut

A new index compiled by Arizona State University and Supply Chain Insights will rank companies on supply chain excellence by industry.

Industrial purchasers are embracing e-commerce

What was once the sole province of consumers has migrated to the realm of industrial purchasing, according to the results of a recent surveyed sponsored by UPS.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index

Despite the eurozone's fiscal troubles, global trade in Q1/2014 increased at an estimated rate of 1.3 percent, to US $2.234 billion. That growth was largely fueled by rising exports and domestic market demand in developed economies.

Apple rules Gartner's "Supply Chain Top 25" list again

The global consumer electronics company retains the top spot for the seventh consecutive year.

Letters to the Editor

Letters and comments from our readers

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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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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Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

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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
Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

Forward Thinking
Grand Theft Warehousing?
The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

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Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

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Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

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Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
Tracking asset provenance poses a huge challenge for global supply chains and insurance providers. Using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies in combination offers a solution that could reshape future supply chains.

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Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?

Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.