CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 25, 2018

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.
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
Pacejet Shipping Software and Single Source Systems partner to support logistics platform
Two firms will leverage Infor ERP software, extend life of SyteLine pick, pack, and ship product beyond 2019.

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.

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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