CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 27, 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
If you don't know what blockchain is, start studying
Get familiar with this technology now. Originally designed for managing digital currency, it's well on its way to adoption as a means of tracking supply chain transactions.

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
We haven't done enough to promote diversity
A recent supply chain talent survey shows that while the profession continues to evolve, it still lacks diversity. Let's vow to do better.

Research for the Real World
How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
E-commerce growth drives DC demand in smaller U.S. markets
Warehouse rental rates in "secondary" markets like Denver, Detroit, and Portland now exceed prerecession levels, CBRE says.

Forward Thinking
Study calls for digitization of maritime shipping data
The ocean supply chain incurs expensive inefficiency due to poor data sharing in five key areas, a survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Annual "State of Logistics Report" shows industry looking in cloudy rear-view mirror
Expenditures dropped in 2016 for the first time in six years; logistics-spending-to-GDP ratio is at its lowest level since 2009

Forward Thinking
Long-time supply chain thought leader Art van Bodegraven dies at age 78
A prolific writer and well-known consultant, van Bodegraven had a 55-year career focused on supply chain management and leadership development.

Forward Thinking
AI adoption in supply chain is accelerating, but barriers to success abound, analyst says
In a recent conference presentation, Gartner's Noha Tohamy outlined promising supply chain applications for artificial intelligence and discussed potential barriers to adoption.

Forward Thinking
The new supply chain imperative
It's no longer enough for your supply chain to get goods to customers "cheaper, faster, today." It also must further long-term strategic growth.

Forward Thinking
Report sheds new light on supposed end of U.S. manufacturing
More jobs were created than lost since 1979, and manufacturing gained 11 percent during various downturns, the report says.

Forward Thinking
NASSTRAC honors Mac Donald
Supply Chain Quarterly's editorial group director receives shipper association's President's Award.

Forward Thinking
How Lenovo tackles the global workforce challenge
The technology giant strengthens its supply chain talent pool by focusing on geographic, cognitive, skill, and generational diversity; its unusual approach to leadership development has created a deep bench of internationally savvy managers.

Forward Thinking
Pre-commitments for warehouse, DC space at highest level since 2000, report says
CBRE says 43 percent of space under construction is already spoken for.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP's annual conference to focus on leading-edge thinking
CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is expected to draw more than 3,000 supply chain processionals from across the globe.

Hunting for qualified interns? Ask CSCMP!
CSCMP's online Career Center has a new feature dedicated to internships.

CSCMP and Truckstop.com collaborate on supply chain paper contest
The first-place winner of the annual Call for Papers for Young Professionals will receive a complimentary registration to the CSCMP EDGE conference.

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.

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