CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 22, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2014

Is Amazon a 3PL?

Strategy
Is Amazon a 3PL?

As Amazon expands into logistics services, the giant retailer is taking on more of the characteristics of a third-party logistics (3PL) company. How might that shape the industry's competitive landscape?

Technology

Three things you should know about big data and analytics

The terms "big data" and "analytics" are widely used but often are not clearly defined. The explanations presented here will help managers understand what these concepts really mean and how they can use them to improve their supply chains.
Logistics

The big question: Can you do more with less?

BRG Sports wondered whether reducing its number of distribution centers would let it cut costs but still improve customer service. The company conducted a software analysis to find out.
Finance

The Supply Chain Index: A new way to measure value

Supply chain executives need a more relevant set of metrics in order to better measure performance improvement. That's why the Supply Chain Index was created.
Logistics

How supply chain management can help to control health-care costs

Faced with unrelenting pressure to rein in costs, medical-device manufacturers should look to their supply chains for savings.
Strategy

Winning strategies for emerging markets in Asia

Growing economies, complex business environments, and a diverse consumer base make supply chain management a challenge in Asia's emerging markets. Here are five strategies that can help.
Columns
Perspective

A farewell, with thanks

I'm proud of what we have accomplished. But the time has to come to embark on a new journey.
Afterword

Get ready for the next revolution

Supply chain management is on the brink of a period of upheaval driven by such technological advances as 3-D printing, ubiquitous connectivity, and driverless vehicles.
Direct Connection

The power of community

Your membership in CSCMP makes you part of a global supply chain management community and opens the door to new professional connections.
Career Ladder

Leadership is a mindset

You don't become a leader just by being appointed to a specific position. It requires skill, a willingness to listen, and traits like honesty, empathy, and tact.
Forward Thinking

Gooley named editor of CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly

Veteran business journalist will lead supply chain journal's editorial content and operations

Third-party logistics CEOs report improvements in growth, profitability

Respondents to the 21st Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Provider CEOs appear confident about their current and future prospects.

Strong supply chain necessary for success in emerging markets

Accenture survey finds that leading companies are more likely to invest in and alter their supply chains to meet the needs of a specific market.

Talent shortage permeates logistics and supply chain organizations, annual survey concludes

Nearly half of the participants in the 19th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study said they were having trouble finding and retaining qualified employees.

ALAN appoints Fulton as executive director

The American Logistics Aid Network has named its interim executive director to a permanent post; Joel Anderson and Felicia Alexander also join the group in volunteer positions.

New book shows how to build a supply chain roadmap

A book by Supply Chain Quarterly contributor Hernán David Pérez expands on his popular article, "Supply chain strategies: Which one hits the mark?"
Departments

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

CSCMP Notebook: 2014 Annual Global Conference Report

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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