CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 28, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2016

How retailers are getting ready for an omnichannel world

Strategy
How retailers are getting ready for an omnichannel world

Traditional retailers are focusing on four priorities—two strategic, two tactical—to help them survive and thrive in an industry that is experiencing long-term disruption.

Strategy

Not your typical "tree hugger"

Instead of seeing businesses as foes of the environment, Jason Mathers of the Environmental Defense Fund believes that they—and their supply chain organizations—are natural allies in the fight against climate change.
Strategy

26 ways to get sales on board with demand planning

Sales organizations play a critical role in demand planning, yet they often resist full participation in that process. Here's why that happens, along with more than two dozen ideas for helping sales teams be more engaged.
Strategy

A simple framework for managing projects

Too many supply chain initiatives fail to achieve the desired outcomes because they lack a structured project methodology. Implementing even a basic, straightforward method, such as the one described in this article, can greatly improve your chances of success.
Strategy

Fraud detection do's and don'ts

Supply chains are frequent targets of fraud. How can you figure out whether something's wrong—and if it is, what should you do (or not do) about it?
Technology

Blurred lines: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES

As software vendors expand their products' functionality, it's getting harder to tell the different warehousing platforms apart. Here's what you need to know to make the right buying decision.
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Procurement Priorities

Now's the time to manage "tail spend"

By managing their companies' smaller, low-dollar purchases, procurement leaders can better achieve their larger, strategic priorities.
Direct Connection

What we do for the world

Supply chains—and supply chain managers—make the world a better place, playing an essential (but often unheralded) role in enabling economic success.
Perspective

Beyond the bottom line

If you dig up significant cost savings, why not use some of that windfall for a good cause?
Afterword

What's your gluten-free?

Many companies have an untapped competitive differentiator that they shouldn't ignore.
Monetary Matters

World tour: The global outlook for 2016 and 2017

Rising political risks and slow growth are hampering economies in 2016, but the prospects for 2017 are significantly brighter.
Forward Thinking

When "moneyball" meets procurement

The global logistics conglomerate Maersk Group analyzes data from its online auctions to identify sourcing strategies.

Will U.S. manufacturing be back on top?

A new report predicts that by 2020 the United States will replace China as the most competitive manufacturing nation.

Matthew A. Waller appointed as dean of University of Arkansas' Walton School of Business

The longtime educator and researcher is believed to be the first from the supply chain discipline to hold such a position at a major university.

GS1 drafts standards for efficient e-commerce shipping

The e-commerce fulfillment "roadmap" is designed to help harmonize in-store and online fulfillment practices, the group says.

How secure is the data in your supply chain?

A survey of 320 IT professionals found that fewer than half are confident that their business partners are practicing good cybersecurity.

Unilever ranks highest in Gartner's 2016 Supply Chain Top 25

The research firm added a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) scoring component to its annual rankings of supply chain leadership.

Nestlé puts 36,000 supply chain minds to work

The global food manufacturer is using internal crowdsourcing to solve problems and develop new business solutions worldwide.

Logistics providers in the United Kingdom express pessimism about sector's outlook

Survey finds leaders worried about pricing pressure, higher costs, impact of possible "Brexit."

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic uncertainties remain amid weak global demand

Economic growth is starting to stabilize, but weak global demand continues to create uncertainty.
Departments

Who can create the best supply chain of all?

The winner of CSCMP's inaugural Roundtable Global Challenge will be announced at the CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

2016 Annual Conference takes an in-depth look at top supply chain trends

An astronaut who spent a year in space, a digital technology guru from GE, and a drummer all hope to inspire attendees at the CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando.
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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
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.

Forward Thinking
Lack of internal resources and talent may hinder procurement's digital transformation
A survey by The Hackett Group suggests that procurement organizations are moving forward with major technology implementations without having the needed skills and internal resources.

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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