CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 26, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2015

Co-creating value: The next level in customer-supplier relationships

Procurement
Co-creating value: The next level in customer-supplier relationships

In 2011, Bob Evans Farms and Gordon Food Service began to jointly identify and actualize opportunities for profit growth through the use of cross-functional teams. The financial benefits to date have exceeded $31 million dollars. Here's how they achieved those stellar results.

Strategy

The five dimensions of supply chain agility

Find out how five elements of agility taken from sports and military science—alertness, accessibility, decisiveness, swiftness, and flexibility—play out in the supply chain world. Then try this quick self-evaluation to learn how agile your own supply chain is.
Logistics

Consolidation in the 3PL industry: Why is it happening, and what does it mean?

A wave of mergers and acquisitions is reshaping the third-party logistics market worldwide. A longtime industry observer explains what's going on.
Strategy

A new way to measure inventory leanness

Most companies use inventory turns alone to measure leanness. But a method that considers economies of scale and industry-specific relationships between sales and inventories will provide a more accurate assessment.
Strategy

The top 10 myths of supply chain talent development

Misconceptions about managing talent abound. Here's why you shouldn't buy into them, and what you can do instead to get more from your most critical supply chain resource—people.
Strategy

Rising stars

The recipients of CSCMP's 2015 Emerging Leader Award talk about their mentors, their experiences in the workplace, and the lessons they've learned.
Columns
Perspective

The high cost of not caring

The tragedy in Tianjin reminds us of the potentially deadly consequences of failing to ensure safe handling of hazardous materials throughout the supply chain, regardless of how difficult or expensive that may be.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Seven characteristics of top-performing supply chains

Here are the factors that make the companies on the Supply Chains to Admire 2015 list stand out from the crowd.
Afterword

A trade pact that could reshape global supply chains

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, if it takes effect, will bring big changes in trade not only for the 12 nations in pact, but for the rest of the world as well.
Direct Connection

CSCMP membership: Your key to smart career management

A CSCMP membership provides unparalleled opportunities for connection, education, and inspiration to grow your career and achieve success.
Monetary Matters

The outlook for China's economic-industrial slowdown

The Chinese economy is transitioning from an agricultural and industrial-centric powerhouse to a more consumer- and service-oriented economy.
Forward Thinking

Are the days of global supply chains numbered?

Automation, sustainability, and risk management efforts may influence companies to create more regional supply chains, according to a report by Standard Chartered Bank.

New lab focuses on research at the "Internet edge"

Arizona State University's new Internet-Edge Supply Chain Lab studies how the Internet and mobile technology are transforming the supply chain.

Supply chain's youth problem

A Brookings Institution report suggests that distribution and logistics companies need to do a better job of bringing young people into the industry.

Procurement study recommends segmenting internal customers

The Hackett Group finds that basing the level of responsiveness to an internal stakeholder on its importance to the company brings significant benefits.

CSCMP launches a supply chain simulation game for all levels of experience

The first-ever Roundtable Global Challenge is designed to bring together young professionals, middle management, and senior executives in a global competition.

Industrial robots: Friend or foe?

Instead of eliminating jobs, robots create them, according to a white paper from the Association for Advancing Automation.

The trouble with new products

The more new products are introduced, the harder it is to forecast and plan for demand, according to the results of a recent benchmarking study.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic rebalancing affects global trade

International trade patterns are changing and demand for containerized transportation is becoming more volatile.
Departments

Annual Conference speakers highlight SCM's strategic role

The critical business value of supply chain management was front and center in presentations by Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz and others.

CSCMP presents Distinguished Service, Doctoral Dissertation awards

Robert Martichenko of LeanCor Supply Chain Group and Jason Miller of Colorado State University are recognized for their achievements and research.

New online community to help with career development

CSCMP's Circle of Excellence will allow members to share information, tools, and resources for career planning and professional achievement.
Webcast

The Supply Chain of the Future – Tomorrow's Vision or Today's Reality?
Join Intel as we provide insight on how the Internet of Things will continue to transform key supply chain elements.
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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
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
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
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Wanted: A viable all-water route from Asia to the U.S. Midwest
Despite its potential benefits and easy access to a large consumer market, container shipping on the Mississippi River has not taken off. Entities that stand to benefit the most need to band together, and strong leadership will be required to make it happen.

Forward Thinking
Big Data Analytics—How does your supply chain stack up?
Don't miss your chance to take part in the second annual supply chain big data analytics global survey.

Forward Thinking
Walmart modifies OTIF requirements, tests plan to automate delivery appointments
Retailer changes "on-time, in-full" compliance dates, delivery thresholds.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to grow 4.9 percent in first half of 2018, NRF-Hackett report says
2017 imports finish 7.6 percent above previous year, but growth is expected to moderate in 2018.

Forward Thinking
Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group
Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Forward Thinking
Five ways consumer packaged goods companies can respond to seismic changes in the supply chain
To respond to growth in e-commerce sales and increasing channel fragmentation, CPG companies must increase efficiencies and collaboration while also exploring new technologies, a new report recommends.

Forward Thinking
BNSF joins blockchain group
First railroad to join Blockchain in Transport Alliance.

Forward Thinking
The biggest company you may not know all that much about
China's JD.com has a larger fulfillment footprint than Amazon, a broader delivery network than UPS, and it's forcing Alibaba to re-think its model. It may be coming your way—but not yet.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

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