CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 19, 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
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 impact of Brexit: Three key logistics concerns
The United Kingdom's upcoming exit from the European Union could severely disrupt the island nation's logistics industry by raising fuel prices, exacerbating driver shortages, and impeding border crossings.

Forward Thinking
Five corporations pledge to change their supplier codes of conduct to fight forced labor in their supply chains
Ford, GM, Hormel, Marriott, and Michael Kors have all committed to prohibiting suppliers from using unethical labor brokers.

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.

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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