CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2014

Is Amazon a 3PL?

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?


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A farewell, with thanks

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

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?"

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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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
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.

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

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.