CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 16, 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.
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
Ports of Los Angeles and Antwerp host innovation competition
Annual "hackathon" will award prizes for technology solutions to port and maritime challenges.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to set record in July
Strong consumer spending delays impact of tariffs on Chinese imports, NRF-Hackett report says.

Forward Thinking
The maritime industry's digital future
Companies involved in ocean freight will need to embrace emerging technologies such as big data analytics, blockchain, and automated operations in order to stay afloat, says ABI Research.

Forward Thinking
Amazon enters next phase of logistics build-out with delivery partner program
The initiative aims to create partner relationships that would control the supply of drivers and capacity.

Forward Thinking
Daimler enlists Penske and NFI in electric truck trials
Partners will share data about truck design and performance ahead of full production launch in 2021.

Forward Thinking
JDA acquires artificial intelligence firm Blue Yonder
The deal will add pricing optimization and forecasting replenishment to supply chain software suite, JDA says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Machines are our friends
While many workers fear losing their jobs to automation, those fears—at least in the supply chain—are largely unfounded.

Forward Thinking
Volvo Trucks, FedEx test platooning truck technology
The demo was the first time technology was used on the road in the United States by a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company.

Forward Thinking
Barcoding Inc. partners with Samsung on consumer electronics
Deal will bring more tablets and smartphones to supply chain operations, company says.

Forward Thinking
What can 83 cents an hour buy you? A UPS-Teamster contract
Proposed 5-year pact raises full-timers' pay by 83 cents an hour per year.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment
The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.

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