CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 24, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2015

Uncertainty on the high seas

Uncertainty on the high seas

Climate change and geopolitical clashes could transform commercial shipping in the foreseeable future. For global supply chains, powerful new opportunities—and new risks—are just around the corner.


Learning the language of finance

Financial fluency will allow you to better explain how supply chains affect margins, turnover, and cash flow.

Is your supply chain safe from cyberattacks?

Information has become a critical supply chain asset, making it increasingly important to protect your data. That means paying more attention to suppliers' security practices.

Intermodal's big bottleneck: A possible solution

North America's intermodal network is struggling to handle current volumes, let alone future growth. Here's what the railroads could do to support continued expansion and prevent potential supply chain disruptions.

Why you should care about material handling equipment

With technology forcing supply chains to undergo rapid transformation, the intersection of material handling and supply chain strategy has become an area you can't afford to ignore.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Top-performing supply chains: Chemical companies

The chemical industry is feeling the pain as downstream manufacturers push costs back onto suppliers.
Direct Connection

Announcing the next generation of supply chain career programs

In partnership with the U.S. government, CSCMP is the industry sponsor and certifying body of the LINCS in Supply Chain Management consortium.

The thankless life of a logistician

Logistics and supply chain managers get little recognition for the important work they do. Yet without logisticians, commerce would come to a halt.
Monetary Matters

Three global macroeconomic trends to watch

Supply chain managers should pay special attention to three trends that will reshape international trade and shipping patterns over the next decade, potentially altering supply chain dynamics.
Forward Thinking

Companies struggle to find profits from omnichannel retailing

Omnichannel efforts are being hampered by high logistics costs associated with fulfilling orders.

Procurement dreams big

A new study from Hackett Group says that procurement executives want their organizations to focus less on cutting costs and more on being a strategic advisor.

Help wanted: Supply chains desperately need employees with sophisticated technology skills

As companies look to emerging technologies to improve supply chain operations, they struggle to find employees with the skills to manage and maintain them.

High-tech leaders seek cost cuts with shorter supply chains

A UPS-sponsored survey documents a decline in offshoring strategy among high-tech manufacturers worldwide.

Now hiring: supply chain analyst, inventory specialist … anthropologist?

The "digital supply chain" will require different jobs and skill sets than supply chain organizations currently look for, one Gartner executive predicts.

31 ways to create a supply chain with a conscience

A report from Accenture and the World Economic Forum argues that leading supply chains gain a "triple advantage" when they create not just business benefits but socio-economic and environmental ones as well.

Deloitte study: Corporate leadership and supply chain executives differ sharply in their assessments of supply chain talent

Disparities between company leaders and supply chain professionals could materialize into actual barriers to success, a new report suggests.

Sourcing internationally: Six risks, and how to mitigate them

Berlin Packaging's Adam Brosch offers good advice for importers of any product, not just packaging.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Container throughput to rise as global economy grows

Global container throughput is expected to grow slightly, in the first quarter after dipping -0.11 percent in Q4.

Starbucks, Amazon executives to headline annual conference

The 2015 CSCMP Annual Conference, to be held September 27-30 in San Diego, will offer more than 90 sessions in five "Cornerstone" subject areas that cover all aspects of the end-to-end supply chain.

Premium Career Center package can help you find the right candidate

The "Jobs Flash e-mail plus enhanced posting" package offered by CSCMP's Career Center will bring your job opportunities to the attention of highly qualified candidates.

How to innovate for the long term

The latest issue of CSCMP Hot Topics, "Sustaining and Expanding Supply Chain Innovations," explains how successful companies get long-term benefits from supply chain innovations.
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.