CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 12, 2017

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.
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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
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
The link between driver turnover and motor carrier safety
While it makes sense that an increase in driver turnover would have a negative effect on the carriers' safety, little is known about the exact nature of the relationship and about whether managers can take steps to mitigate those negative effects.
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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