CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 20, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2015

10 steps on the path to profitable omnichannel growth

Technology
10 steps on the path to profitable omnichannel growth

An integrated, end-to-end omnichannel supply chain strategy is critical to profitably capturing e-commerce sales. Here are 10 key focus areas in the supply chain that enable such a strategy.

Strategy

Spreading the word about lean

Robert Martichenko has helped companies and practitioners worldwide to recognize and apply lean as an end-to-end supply chain strategy.
Finance

The Financial Crisis and the Money Supply Chain

The global financial crisis of 2008-2009 put many manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers at risk. This excerpt from Chapter 5 of The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected explores the supply chain strategies that helped some companies successfully manage through the crisis and the subsequent economic recovery.
Technology

From Desert Storm to the retail store: Five technologies that are closing global supply chain gaps

Some of the most promising technologies for collecting, managing, and analyzing data got their start in the military or in private industry. Now that they're more widely available, both government and commercial supply chains are realizing the benefits.
Strategy

Pursuing the promise of omnichannel retailing

Results of a recent survey show that retailers believe omnichannel commerce can increase revenue and improve customer satisfaction. But they're still trying to figure out what that means for their supply chain operations.
Strategy

Disconnected in the DC: The missing link between metrics and strategy

Ideally, performance metrics in warehouses and distribution centers should reflect a company's strategic objectives, but research reveals that this is rarely the case. Here's a look at those findings, with some recommendations on how to bring metrics and strategy into alignment.
Columns
Perspective

"As you rise, you must lift"

In a thought-provoking session at CSCMP's 2015 Annual Conference, women supply chain executives explained what it takes to be an effective leader and emphasized the importance of mentoring.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Top-performing supply chains: Retail

The retail industry shows marked improvement in supply chain performance.
Afterword

Something's happening here

Some of the same disruptive technologies that are changing our personal lives are making their way into logistics operations. Are you ready?
Direct Connection

CSCMP: Your voice in government on supply chain competitiveness

By participating in the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, CSCMP is helping to ensure that the U.S. government considers supply chain issues and priorities as it develops economic policy.
Forward Thinking

3PL CEOs say they're tackling disruptive changes in their industry

E-commerce, mergers, and new sources of competition are top concerns for third-party logistics providers according to Northeastern University's 22nd annual survey.

Companies need to do more to incorporate financial controls into their planning process

Consulting company Oliver Wight Americas says sales and operations planning must be linked to financial indicators or the company risks making uninformed decisions during the planning process.

Survey shows progress in curing some of health care's supply chain pain

Three-fourths of all respondents to a UPS survey say they are successfully handling product security.

Interconnected supply chains lead to rise in "business interruption" property claims, report says

BI-related claims much higher than typical property-damage claims, Allianz unit says.

Report forecasts future shifts in global logistics hubs

Cities like Shanghai, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Rotterdam are major nexus points for global supply chains. Demographic, policy, and economic trends will allow other cities to join their ranks, according to the industrial real estate firm CBRE.

Face-to-face with supply chain thought leaders

"Supply Chain Spotlight" video series features advice, challenges, and success stories from 18 top supply chain professionals.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: China slows down global trade

A slowdown in emerging markets was a drag on global GDP growth.
Departments

CSCMP publication looks at "new normal" in China

Update to Global Perspectives/China addresses how economic downturn, new international environment will affect logistics and supply chain strategy in China.

Hot Topic: Zero-based budgeting in the supply chain

CSCMP publication takes a fresh approach to funding supply chain information technology.

Seminar to explore European supply chain management issues

CSCMP is seeking submissions of research papers, work-in-progress papers, or discussion topics for its 11th annual European Research Seminar.

Who is your supply chain hero?

Nominations for CSCMP's 2016 Distinguished Service Award are now open; nominations are due by April 30.

CSCMP, college consortium work to bridge the supply chain skills gap

CSCMP is the industry sponsor and certifying body of the LINCS national supply chain management education and certification program.

Liquor Control Board of Ontario wins Supply Chain Innovation Award

Government agency is recognized for its innovative automated palletizing process, which uses optimization software, 3-D visualization, and simulation.
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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
More from us, coming to you more often
By expanding our Supply Chain Executive Insight e-newsletter from monthly to weekly, we hope to help you stay better informed.

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
Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts
DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Forward Thinking
Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation
The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Just 3 percent of retailers have completed digital transformation projects
Companies plan investment in big data and analytics, the internet of things, and machine learning, SAP says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: New warehouse construction caught up to hot demand in fourth quarter
Sparse availability of industrial space held steady in Q4 after years of declines, real estate group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain cybersecurity threats may rise in 2018, warns Booz Allen
Companies could see an increase in cyber threats such as the NotPetya attack, which shut down container shipping giant Maersk.

Forward Thinking
Toyota announces supply chain research grant recipients
Lift truck maker to fund projects on warehouse automation, electric vehicles, and Industry 4.0.

Forward Thinking
IATA says global airfreight on track for best year since 2010
Gains should continue into 2018, group says, citing solid November results.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports seen growing 7 percent in 2017, NRF-Hackett report says
Total for 2017 expected to come to 20.1 million TEU, topping last year's record.

Forward Thinking
Report urges apparel companies to stop chasing low-cost-country sourcing
As costs rise in all sourcing markets, companies need to switch from a supply chain strategy focused on cost-cutting to one focused on value creation says a Kurt Salmon report.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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