CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 18, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2016

Divesting an asset? How you can maximize its value and sale price

Strategy
Divesting an asset? How you can maximize its value and sale price

If your company is selling a product line, manufacturing plant, or business unit, there's a lot you can do to create value for the buyer and boost the sale price—if you get involved early in the process.

Technology

How to create a supply chain center of excellence that works

A center of excellence (CoE) staffed by analytics experts can drive supply chain improvements across your organization. Here are six recommendations for ensuring a successful CoE initiative.
Strategy

On the rise

Although still relatively new to their careers, the recipients of this year's CSCMP Emerging Leader Award are already making an impact on the supply chain profession.
Procurement

The U.K. health-care supply chain: Moving toward a world-class operation

Supply chain management across the United Kingdom's health-care sector is evolving in response to a growing need for greater efficiency, lower costs, and enhanced patient safety. Better inventory management holds the key to achieving those objectives.
Manufacturing

Envisioning SCM 4.0: The view from Japan

New research reveals how Japanese manufacturing companies are designing supply chain strategies to support "Industry 4.0."
Procurement

"The Fierce Urgency of Now": Why working with minority suppliers still matters

Some corporations have been questioning the importance of minority-owned businesses to their commercial relationships and supply chains. Yet, the author explains in this essay, it's become increasingly clear that diversity and inclusion fuel growth for businesses as well as for the economy at large.
Columns
Procurement Priorities

An ethical supply chain doesn't just happen

An ethical lapse can harm not just a company's reputation but also its bottom line. Chief procurement officers need to make sure they have an ethics policy in place that is up-to-date and well communicated.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

What we can learn from the 2016 Supply Chains to Admire study

A data-intensive annual study conducted by Supply Chain Insights provides industry-specific supply chain benchmarks and identifies three practices that can enhance company value.
Perspective

Bridging the gap between theory and reality

A vibrant supply chain community depends on collaboration and connection between academics and practitioners.
Afterword

The "next big thing" may not be a thing

It's no longer simply about how well you manage change; it's also about the velocity with which you do it.
Direct Connection

Celebrating supply chain's greatest innovators

CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame recognizes creative thinkers who have been at the forefront of our discipline, and looks toward those who will continue to shape it in the future.
Forward Thinking

Switzerland boasts the world's most resilient supply chains

The alpine nation topped FM Global's annual Global Resilience Index, which ranks 130 countries and territories on their ability to bounce back from a supply chain disruption.

Heavy rain may bring more pain for the U.S. supply chain

A new report from FM Global says that some regions of the United States will see increased incidents of extreme rainfall and urges supply chain managers to prepare.

Why should you become involved in the humanitarian supply chain?

In addition to the satisfaction and pride of being a good citizen, companies that participate in relief efforts can improve their own supply chain resiliency and discover new commercial opportunities.

To thrive in the future, manufacturing will have to get "smarter"

To respond to demand more quickly, manufacturers will need to incorporate big data, advanced analytics, and other technologies into their operations, according to a white paper from UPS.

Drones in the supply chain: more than just last-mile delivery

Amazon and Google's efforts to use drones to deliver small packages may get all the press, but the case for using drones is actually stronger further upstream in the supply chain, says one expert.

Big data, analytics gaining traction, annual shipper-3PL survey concludes

The vast majority of survey respondents say the new discipline will have a significant impact on their supply chain.

At Intel, supply chain makes sure it's "in the room where it happens"

Two new programs at Intel are getting supply chain experts directly involved in revenue-generating activities such as designing new products and meeting with customers.
Departments

Annual conference stresses power of collaboration in mastering disruption

Opening session speakers challenge attendees to work together to solve some of society's "hardest problems."

Caplice receives Distinguished Service Award

The executive director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation and Logistics was recognized for his work in both academia and private industry.

China Conference explored "Supply Chain Management Plus"

The Seventh China Conference in Chengdu organized by CSCMP and CDI addressed key trends shaping the country's role in the global supply chain.

LINCS education and training grant extended until March

A government grant that provides low-cost supply chain training has been extended for six more months.

How supply chains can support the shopper experience

This new department challenges the authors of selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) articles to explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
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Perspective
Time for some scenario planning?
Be prepared: Policy changes that come about as a result of the president-elect's simplistic view of international trade could impact your supply chain costs with little warning.

Procurement Priorities
Procurement: It's time to automate!
Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.

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
Governance models for regional logistics hubs, and why they matter
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Attention, supply chain professionals: The world's problems cannot be solved without your help
Supply chain organizations should work with governments and nonprofit groups to feed the world, heal the sick, save the planet, and make money too, says a new report from the research group SCM World and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Forward Thinking
Holiday returns volumes reach new high, UPS says
The surge in e-commerce returns has pushed retailers and carriers to cut reverse logistics costs.

Forward Thinking
New government report highlights best practices for improving U.S. port productivity
The U.S. Commerce Department has compiled suggestions for improving port operations, reducing disruptions, and improving competitiveness.

Forward Thinking
Why blockchain is not just for banks
If global supply chains are to gain the full benefit of this technology for managing payments and related data, all parties that play a role in global trade must be involved.

Forward Thinking
Luxembourg supply chain center appoints new director
Professor Benny Mantin will serve as director of the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a joint partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Luxembourg government.

Forward Thinking
GE opens wallet to boost 3-D printing
The company now offers financing for businesses buying additive manufacturing machines.

Forward Thinking
Toyota names winners of grants to study supply chain tech
The lift truck vendor selected projects on location-based data on forklift drivers, changing material handling system requirements, and Internet of Things.

Forward Thinking
New e-book identifies five stages of supply chain design maturity
The software company Llamasoft has published a guide to making better decisions about supply chain design.

Forward Thinking
U.S. industrial property demand to stay strong in '17, CBRE forecasts
A logistics and real estate firm forecasts that e-commerce will fuel another surge in demand.

Forward Thinking
Dutch team pushes blockchain technology for logistics data
This US$2.3 million initiative would use the security protocol to protect supply chain records.

CSCMP Notebook
2016 Rainmakers and Thought Leaders Reception and Dinner
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly and sister publication DC Velocity hosted their annual reception and dinner at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

MercuryGate renews conference partnership with CSCMP
Cloud-based transportation system provider will serve as the premier sponsor of CSCMP's 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.

CSCMP's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources
CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

Food from CSCMP Stop Hunger Now event being used to support relief efforts in Haiti
The food packages assembled during the pre-conference volunteer event were part of a 175,000-pound shipment of food and medicine to nonprofits providing Hurricane Matthew relief.

CSCMP Educators Conference fosters collaboration between academia and business world
Opening remarks highlight how the conference has evolved to integrate more members of the supply chain community.

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