CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 17, 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.
Columns
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
Let's throttle back a bit
Disruptive supply chain technologies that could profoundly change the way we manage inventory, deliver products, and interact with customers are being developed—and implemented—at breakneck speed. Are we moving too fast?

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
Supply chain excellence: It's tough to make it to the top—and stay there
Research for Supply Chain Insights' 2017 Supply Chains to Admire list shows that very few companies outperform their peers—and those that do often struggle to maintain their leadership positions.

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
The warehouse as classroom: New supply chain academies target entry-level employees
Western Michigan University programs will teach unemployed area residents warehousing and inventory control skills while providing management and supervisory opportunities for the university's undergraduates.

Forward Thinking
Want a world-class procurement organization? Start with digital technology, research report says
Companies that are looking to slash procurement costs should design their processes around new technologies such as predictive analytics, social media, robotic process automation, and artificial intelligence, according to The Hackett Group.

Forward Thinking
Direct-to-consumer supply chains: Not just for retail anymore
A survey by LCP Consulting and Cranfield University finds that the majority of manufacturers think that shipping directly to the consumer holds growth potential.

Forward Thinking
U.S. sea container imports on record pace for 2017
The rise in seagoing import traffic will make August the busiest month on record, according to the most recent "Global Port Tracker" report.

Forward Thinking
Beyond recycling: To form a truly "circular supply chain," companies need to go to the next level
A report from the consulting firm Accenture says that not enough companies are fully exploring opportunities to reuse, refurbish, remanufacture, or extend the life of their products.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shipments of asset tracking devices could triple by 2022
Improved technology produces better sensors for Internet of Things.

Forward Thinking
Survey: manufacturers seek "smart factories"
The Internet of Things could provide widespread visibility and improved quality by 2022, Zebra says.

Forward Thinking
What "America First" could mean for your supply chain
A recent report from PwC asserts that the Trump administration's trade agenda represents a dramatic shift from the past and recommends that companies prepare by getting better visibility into where their parts and supplies are coming from.

Forward Thinking
With exports on the rise, U.S. chemical companies must break through supply chain barriers
Infrastructure choke points and organizational silos could disrupt chemical producers' efforts to sell overseas. Here are three ways they can overcome those challenges.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain's continuing image problem
A new DHL survey finds that changing job requirements and a lack of respect for the supply chain discipline are hampering companies' ability to recruit and retain supply chain talent.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and TSC Advantage offer cybersecurity resources to protect supply chain
The launch of this new training program comes in the wake of a June cyberattack that disrupted operations at Maersk and FedEx.

Arizona Roundtable wins annual CSCMP supply chain simulation game
Online game teaches participants about risk management through running the supply chain for a simulated company.

An AWESOME choice: CSCMP names Nancy Nix as 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors head of women's supply chain association with its highest honor.

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.

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