CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 15, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2016

Procurement at Philips: Total transformation on a global scale

Procurement
Procurement at Philips: Total transformation on a global scale

When Royal Philips implemented a new product design and procurement process, it also completely reconfigured its procurement organization. The author, who worked together with Philips executives Fredrick Spalcke and Ad Boon on the project, explains the initiative's origins, challenges, and successes.

Technology

Information without borders

For companies with international supply chains, developing an information technology strategy that successfully balances global and local requirements is not easy. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.
Global

Simple but effective KPIs for global shipments

By utilizing just three key performance indicators—lane cost, working capital, and a penalty for excessively late delivery—and converting them into economic values, you'll have the information you need to properly manage any global logistics move.
Manufacturing

Full circle

Reverse supply chain management and closed-loop recycling reintroduce reusable parts and materials into the forward supply chain. Manufacturers, consumers, and even the planet can benefit from this practice.
Procurement

A look into the future of procurement

Techniques and strategies for choosing suppliers and building strategic partnerships are due for an overhaul. "Value procurement" may be the next step in the discipline's evolution, say the authors of the new book The Procurement Value Proposition: The Rise of Supply Management.
Strategy

International ambassadors

Miquel Serracanta and Eduardo Vargas are dedicated to representing and strengthening CSCMP's international membership. Here's why they think that's important.
Columns
Procurement Priorities

Cheaper oil has procurement rethinking strategies

With oil and other commodity prices lower than they have been in over a decade, procurement leaders are reassessing contracts with suppliers.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Top-performing supply chains: Industrial packaging

When it comes to improving their supply chains, industrial packaging companies (for the most part) have stalled out, but a few companies are making headway.
Afterword

Revisiting the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership may not take effect until well into 2017—if ever. What effects it will have on global business and economies remains in dispute.
Direct Connection

Collaboration is key to improving rail service

There's no question that there are opportunities to improve America's rail system, but carriers can't do it alone.
Monetary Matters

What's in store for the U.S. consumer in 2016?

Consumers can expect low fuel prices, modest gains in household income, and rising home sales. But consumers are still likely to remain somewhat cautious in their spending.
Perspective

Thinking globally

Virtually every supply chain professional is affected in some way by international trade, logistics, and supply chain operations and strategies.
Forward Thinking

Ten ways the manufacturing supply chain will transform itself in 2016 (and beyond)

The next 24 months will bring radical changes in manufacturers' supply chain strategies and operations, says analyst group IDC. The drivers: technologies such as cloud-based commerce networks, demand-sensing technology, and 3-D printing.

Health-care industry continues to struggle with managing inventory

Hospitals could significantly cut costs by using technology to improve supply chain visibility, says a report from Cardinal Health.

Book provides guidance on handling (and avoiding) supply chain disputes

In Legal Blacksmith, a longtime supply chain executive and a veteran attorney team up to help keep supply chain professionals out of the courtroom.

Real estate firm predicts strong demand for logistics and distribution space through 2016

JLL anticipates that, for the most part, supply of available space for lease will not grow and rents will continue to rise.

No one in the driver's seat

A new study from GT Nexus finds that most manufacturers are operating without a chief supply chain officer.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Global economy in a holding pattern

Gains in mature economies have not been significant enough to offset losses in emerging countries.
Departments

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

CSCMP announces changes to the "State of Logistics Report"

A team from the global consulting firm A.T. Kearney will research and write the annual report, which is sponsored by Penske Logistics.

Interview: Rick Blasgen on the supply chain as mediator

The CSCMP president and CEO discusses the supply chain profession's role and challenges for the future.

It's time to recognize your supply chain hero

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

CSCMP's Career Center: Specialized resources for job posters and seekers

Participating employers can post open positions or search CSCMP's candidate database.
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
Survey: logistics and transportation providers optimistic about fourth quarter economics
Revenue and profitability expected to rise, but concerns linger about workforce shortages, regulatory issues, and trade tariffs, TCompanies finds.

Forward Thinking
Curse of the Internet: E-commerce creates new challenges for customs
Agencies are struggling to process a surging tide of time-sensitive e-commerce shipments while keeping tabs on security and regulatory compliance.

Forward Thinking
Uber poised to double investment in freight unit after making it independent
Otto founder returns to run new standalone business. Move underscores Uber CEO's bullishness on model, company says.

Forward Thinking
Maersk and IBM say 94 groups have signed on to blockchain platform
Partners say "TradeLens" will help users share information among shippers, carriers, and other supply chain partners.

Forward Thinking
Auto-id industry association to study blockchain potential
AIM forms blockchain council to look at opportunities to use blockchain applications with technologies such as the Internet of Things and RFID.

Forward Thinking
MOL plots course for autonomous ships
Research looks at ways to improve fleet navigation and safety.

Forward Thinking
From supply chain to corner office: Beth Ford starts as Land O'Lakes CEO
Ford started at Land O'Lakes in 2012 as its chief supply chain officer.

Forward Thinking
Uber shelves autonomous truck program to focus on driverless cars
No current need to invest in autonomous truck technology, company says.

Forward Thinking
Millennials: No difference in trust, value between parcel delivery firms
Survey of age group finds that trusting a provider not to lose a package is key factor in carrier selection.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: A suggestion for congestion
Congestion wastes time, fuel, and productivity. There must be a better way to manage our infrastructure.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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