CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 17, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2015

Uncertainty on the high seas

Global
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.

Finance

Learning the language of finance

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

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.
Logistics

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.
Columns
Perspective

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.
Afterword

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.
Departments

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.
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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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