CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 23, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2014

T = MIC<sup>2</sup>: Game-changing trends and supply chain's

T = MIC2: Game-changing trends and supply chain's "new normal"

Five technology trends are shaping a future where mobility, integration, complexity, and competition will be the defining characteristics of successful supply chain strategy.


Bringing a supply chain back to life in Afghanistan

Decades of war have devastated the Afghan hand-knotted carpet industry. Now a new public-private initiative will help traditional artisans rebuild the supply chain that provides raw materials like wool and dyes and delivers finished carpets to domestic and export markets.

Tackling urban congestion: The Off-Hour Delivery Project in The Big Apple

A successful collaboration among the local community and the public and private sectors is helping to increase supply chains' profitability and sustainability in New York City.

Machine learning: A new tool for better forecasting

Business volatility and the complexity of factors influencing demand are making it hard to reliably model the causes of demand variation. Machine learning can help companies overcome that challenge.

Seven technology trends shaping the future of material handling

Many of the disruptive technologies that are changing our society are making their way into warehouses and distribution centers. What are they, and how will they influence the way products move through the supply chain?

What it really takes to start a revolution

You don't have to be a technological genius to be an innovator, says tech entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki. You just have to think different.
Direct Connection

CSCMP: Your best supply chain resource, bar none

Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, talks about the value CSCMP provides and invites supply chain professionals worldwide to join the organization.

To connect, you need to look up

Worried about missing something really important? Then you'll need to glance up from that phone or tablet once in a while.
Monetary Matters

Payroll cycle economics and supply chain dynamics

By understanding the timing of consumer paydays and the impact that has on spending patterns, supply chain managers for many retail and consumer goods manufacturers can better identify the factors that may be contributing to a surge in sales.
Forward Thinking

Research: 3-D printing looms large over logistics

Logistics service providers differ in their predictions of how three-dimensional printing could affect their industry.

Global trade and container flow index: Uneven growth and stability across the globe

Geopolitical risks have had adverse consequences on world trade in some regions, while others have held steady.

Supply chain struggles to keep up with retailers' omnichannel ambitions

Results of two studies outline some of the challenges retailers face in fulfilling orders from the store floor and the backroom.

The problem with new products

A new Terra Technology study finds that product proliferation is having a negative impact on demand forecasting accuracy.

UT report: The future belongs to regional supply chains

A new paper from the University of Tennessee's Global Supply Chain Institute argues that many companies' decisions to shift manufacturing to Asia failed to fully consider the challenges and risks inherent in managing a global supply chain.

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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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
AWESOME announces this year's Legendary Leadership Award winners
The organization for women in the supply chain recognizes executives from the Bloom Energy Corporation and the Panama Canal Authority for advancements they have made in the field.

Forward Thinking
Global consortium tests blockchain for international moves, finds huge savings
Participants see big potential in eliminating data exchanges in favor of real-time viewing.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Manufacturing quality reimagined: The hidden power of your data
Manufacturers that only use quality data in a reactive manner at the local plant level are missing out on opportunities to generate large-scale, enterprisewide savings.

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.

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.