CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 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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Separation without the anxiety
When companies divest or acquire a business, it has all kinds of implications for supply chain professionals. Our special three-part series provides an idea of what may be expected of you.

Procurement Priorities
The window is open for real gains in supplier diversity
Diverse suppliers often have innovative ideas that make them stand out from the crowd. Procurement must use its influence and seek them out.

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
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
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.

Forward Thinking
Digital logistics market set for 8.1 percent compound annual growth through 2022
Advanced technologies and communication tools improve supply chain efficiency, a new report says.

Forward Thinking
Study: warehousing services market to grow at 6 percent CAGR
Warehousing service providers are planning for growth by deploying technology, alliances, and bundled services.

Forward Thinking
Small and mid-sized manufacturers are behind on supply chain management, according to Grant Thornton
A recent survey finds that more than a third of respondents have only informal supply chain processes.

Forward Thinking
HighJump names four supply chain trends for 2017
Digital transformation strategies should include consumer-grade user interfaces, data analytics, unified commerce, and automated computing. says the software company.

Forward Thinking
How Hilti helps logistics professionals gain more visibility
The European construction-products company has created an award-winning career development plan that enables its logistics employees to play a more entrepreneurial role and demonstrate the value they add companywide.

Forward Thinking
Survey: retailers drive demand for Internet of Things
Zebra study shows retailers seek technologies to let them fulfill online orders from store shelves.

Forward Thinking
Manufacturing jobs may indeed be coming "home," but who will do them?
A new AlixPartners report says that while more manufacturers are considering "nearshoring," they are also stymied by a shortage of skilled labor. Robots may well offer a solution.

Forward Thinking
Warehousing and logistics robot shipments climb fast
A study forecasts the market will reach 620,000 units annually by 2021, up from 40,000 in 2016.

Forward Thinking
Retailers turn to technology, policy changes to help contain omnichannel fulfillment costs
As the cost of fulfilling online orders rises, retailers are rethinking service guarantees, delivery charges, and technology investments, according to a survey of retail executives from JDA Software and PwC.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP roundtables head into spring with a host of new events
With more than 80 local chapters or roundtables, the supply chain organization has events occurring nearly every week.

European Supply Chain Leadership Forum focuses on enhancing the customer experience
This annual event, hosted by CSCMP's Spain Rountable, will feature presentations from leading supply chain practitioners and experts.

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