CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 17, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2015

Creating an SCM

Strategy
Creating an SCM "dynasty": How to build your team like the pros

Talent-retention and succession-planning strategies from the world of professional sports can help supply chain organizations ensure strong leadership for years to come.

Technology

Infrastructure: Supply chain's missing link

Companies that fail to take a holistic view of infrastructure—the physical and informational assets required to run a supply chain—sometimes make capital-investment decisions that are detrimental in the long run.
Strategy

Winning supply chain strategies for African markets

Africa's economies are growing, but poor infrastructure and difficult business conditions persist. Creative, flexible approaches to supply chain design and execution can help companies overcome these and other challenges.
Finance

A different path to better inventory performance

Companies work hard to reduce inventory and increase order-fill rates, yet many continue to experience erratic, stagnant, or declining inventory performance. The comprehensive approach outlined here can help them achieve the improvements they seek.
Technology

How the Internet of Things will change your world

Networked, connected devices and equipment will provide supply chain and logistics managers with something they often lack: the visibility and data necessary for supply chain optimization.
Columns
Top-Performing Supply Chains

How do you define supply chain excellence?

Each month, this new column will track the supply chain performance of key companies in a specific industry group. First up: electronics and high tech.
Perspective

Greetings from snow-covered Boston

Unusually severe weather events have an enormous impact on supply chains. But there's only so much you can do to plan for them.
Afterword

Two approaches to mitigating supply chain risk

Today's fast-changing business environments calls for new ways of evaluating risk.
Direct Connection

Selling the "supply chain story" to the next generation

It's up to us to get the message out to students that supply chain management is a cool career.
Forward Thinking

To make progress on sustainability, team up with others

A new study finds that the most successful sustainability programs involve collaboration with external partners.

3PLs battling against "service commoditization"

A report from eyefortransport suggests that 3PLs could differentiate themselves by developing expertise in emerging technologies.

What you can learn from procurement superstars

IBM's study identifies the strategies and actions that differentiate "procurement role models" from their peers.

Without action, freight-related pollution will jump 300 percent, ITF says

Changes in global trade patterns and soaring freight volumes could lead to a spike in global carbon emissions, warns the International Transport Forum.

Struggling to adapt to an omnichannel world

A survey by the consulting firm EY and the Consumer Goods Forum finds that many supply chain executives believe their current supply chains are not well suited for omnichannel retailing.

Research firm ranks top U.S. schools for supply chain technology

The Gartner subsidiary Software Advice says Penn State and University of Wisconsin provide the best education in supply chain technology.

Driverless vehicles: Where to next?

A new report from DHL forecasts logistics applications for automated vehicles.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Global trade holds steady amid a confluence of factors

Geopolitical conflict and disease dampened growth in 2014, but total activity remained steady through the year.
Departments

Why "big data" is proving elusive in retail supply chains

A new report published by CSCMP and the Food Marketing Institute details the main reasons why the use of big data has been so limited to date.

Q4 update shows the "State of Logistics" is improving

The first-ever Q4 update to CSCMP's annual "State of Logistics Report" analyzes developments since the original report's release in June 2014.

Multimedia course covers the essentials of SCM

CSCMP's Web-based course Supply Chain Management Essentials (SCME) uses multimedia to provide a solid grounding in the fundamentals of supply chain management.

CSCMP Explores... looks at the current state of supply chain visibility

"Supply Chain Visibility: A Missing Link in the Extended Supply Chain" outlines what companies can do to improve performance through increased visibility.
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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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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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