CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2016

Procurement at Philips: Total transformation on a global scale

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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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Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

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
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

Forward Thinking
Grand Theft Warehousing?
The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

Forward Thinking
Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
Tracking asset provenance poses a huge challenge for global supply chains and insurance providers. Using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies in combination offers a solution that could reshape future supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?

Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

CSCMP Notebook
Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.