CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 30, 2017

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.
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Perspective
A different kind of inclusiveness
Organizations that embrace all of the participants in the supply chain offer some benefits that more restrictive groups cannot.

Procurement Priorities
Starved for resources?
Sustainable procurement now has management's attention. But a recent study finds that executives may not be willing to commit the human and financial resources needed for such programs to succeed.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Time for change in direction: Seven use cases for hyperledger in the supply chain
To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace to open source technology.

Research for the Real World
The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
How to plan for future supply chain leadership
With the "baby boomer" generation retiring and demand for supply chain skills outpacing supply, companies without a well-considered succession plan risk being left without leaders for crucial supply chain roles.

Forward Thinking
U.S. industrial market soars in first quarter with high absorptions, low vacancies, report says
The vacancy rate hit 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017, putting it 300 basis points below the 10-year average, Cushman & Wakefield says.

Forward Thinking
U.S.-Mexico trade relations to survive Trump's anti-trade rhetoric, Mexican official says
The U.S. House's "Border Adjustment Tax" proposal is cause for concern and could affect NAFTA, according to an embassy trade official.

Forward Thinking
Running a large supply chain without advanced analytics is "increasingly unrealistic," says Gartner Research
For companies to take full advantage of "big data," they will need to move beyond the analytic or business intelligence tools embedded in traditional supply chain software.

Forward Thinking
J.B. Hunt funds new supply chain innovation center at University of Arkansas
The J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence will focus on improving supply chain efficiency through technology.

Forward Thinking
Study finds 10 ways to improve supply chain collaboration
A report from research firm SpendEdge report says companies need to pick their partners carefully.

Forward Thinking
Robotics, automation seen as main tools of disruption and competitive advantage, "State of the Industry" report says
Automation will be the norm in five years, report says.

Forward Thinking
Panel of supply chain experts preaches "work smarter, more responsibly"
At the opening session for ProMat 2017, executives from UPS, Boeing, and REI discuss how their companies are benefiting from sustainability efforts.

Forward Thinking
What growing nationalism may mean for procurement
A report from the software and consulting company GEP argues that rising nationalism will mean increases in procurement costs and a growing need for risk-mitigation plans.

Forward Thinking
How Ford is collaborating with suppliers to green its supply chain
By sharing its own best practices with its suppliers, the automaker is on track to save 550 million gallons of water and cut carbon emissions by 500,000 metric tons over the next five years.

CSCMP Notebook
In their own words: Members tell why CSCMP is important to them
A new video produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals features members' thoughts on the personal and professional benefits of membership in the organization.

CSCMP EDGE conference announces its lineup of keynote speakers
A writer from Pixar Animation Studio, an artificial intelligence expert, and a war hero will provide advice on leading during times of change.

Tackling the challenge of last-mile delivery
In the latest CSCMP Hot Topics publication, A.T. Kearney analysts predict how companies will respond to the increasing demands and costs associated with e-commerce logistics.

Nominate a promising supply chain star for the CSCMP Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award
Nominations are due May 15.

CSCMP renames its annual conference "CSCMP EDGE"
The rebranded annual conference will provide attendees with an edge on the latest supply chain thinking and research.

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