CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 21, 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.
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
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.

Forward Thinking
How to prepare your supply chain for a hurricane
New report from DHL offers tips for "battening down the hatches" when your supply chain is threatened by a major storm.

Forward Thinking
Hurricane Florence threatens to swamp Carolinas by Thursday
CSX, Kion, and others brace for impact and prepare logistics recovery plans as storm brews.

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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