CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 24, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2015

Creating an SCM

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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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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
The green gap
Companies that take a systematic approach to supply chain sustainability are more likely to reap the benefits of their efforts than companies with a narrower focus, two research reports say.

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.

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.