CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 23, 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
Time for some scenario planning?
Be prepared: Policy changes that come about as a result of the president-elect's simplistic view of international trade could impact your supply chain costs with little warning.

Procurement Priorities
Procurement: It's time to automate!
Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Carter's: A story of supply chain leadership
The children's apparel company Carter's has made significant improvements to its supply chain by leveraging scale while managing complexity.

Research for the Real World
Governance models for regional logistics hubs, and why they matter
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Next-generation visibility: What will it take to get there?
Collaborative technology partnerships will play an important role in achieving greater supply chain visibility in the future

Forward Thinking
Now more than ever, manufacturing needs to guard against cybersecurity threats
A report from Deloitte and MAPI argues that the fast pace of technology implementation is making manufacturing particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Forward Thinking
Mobile robot tracks inventory on store shelves
Data from Simbe's "Tally" robot could improve supply chain visibility for retailers and distribution centers.

Forward Thinking
Attention, supply chain professionals: The world's problems cannot be solved without your help
Supply chain organizations should work with governments and nonprofit groups to feed the world, heal the sick, save the planet, and make money too, says a new report from the research group SCM World and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Forward Thinking
Holiday returns volumes reach new high, UPS says
The surge in e-commerce returns has pushed retailers and carriers to cut reverse logistics costs.

Forward Thinking
New government report highlights best practices for improving U.S. port productivity
The U.S. Commerce Department has compiled suggestions for improving port operations, reducing disruptions, and improving competitiveness.

Forward Thinking
Why blockchain is not just for banks
If global supply chains are to gain the full benefit of this technology for managing payments and related data, all parties that play a role in global trade must be involved.

Forward Thinking
Luxembourg supply chain center appoints new director
Professor Benny Mantin will serve as director of the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a joint partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Luxembourg government.

Forward Thinking
GE opens wallet to boost 3-D printing
The company now offers financing for businesses buying additive manufacturing machines.

Forward Thinking
Toyota names winners of grants to study supply chain tech
The lift truck vendor selected projects on location-based data on forklift drivers, changing material handling system requirements, and Internet of Things.

CSCMP Notebook
2016 Rainmakers and Thought Leaders Reception and Dinner
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly and sister publication DC Velocity hosted their annual reception and dinner at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

MercuryGate renews conference partnership with CSCMP
Cloud-based transportation system provider will serve as the premier sponsor of CSCMP's 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.

CSCMP's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources
CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

Food from CSCMP Stop Hunger Now event being used to support relief efforts in Haiti
The food packages assembled during the pre-conference volunteer event were part of a 175,000-pound shipment of food and medicine to nonprofits providing Hurricane Matthew relief.

CSCMP Educators Conference fosters collaboration between academia and business world
Opening remarks highlight how the conference has evolved to integrate more members of the supply chain community.

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