CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 15, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2014

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Technology
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.

Global

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.
Strategy

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.
Technology

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.
Strategy

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?
Columns
Perspective

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.
Afterword

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.
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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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Perspective
La la la, I'm not listening ...
The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte
Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

Forward Thinking
Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84
Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance
It's the hottest IT topic to come down the pike in years. Now if people only knew what to do with it.

Forward Thinking
Average size of U.S. warehouses has doubled since 2002, CBRE report finds
The broom in e-commerce has expanded the girth and height of warehouse over the past decade.

Forward Thinking
New coalition looks to educate policymakers and public about importance of the global value chain
Members of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition include five industry associations plus major retailers such as Target, Levi Strauss, and VF Corp.

Forward Thinking
Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world
"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

Forward Thinking
Study: Reverse logistics still a puzzle for omnichannel retailers
The promise of hassle-free returns may keep customers happy, but a recent survey suggests that omnichannel players are still struggling to find the right balance between cost and service.

Forward Thinking
How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event
The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

Forward Thinking
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say
Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2017 conference held in September in Atlanta, Georgia.

CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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