CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2016

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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."

"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.
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.

Bridging the gap between theory and reality

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

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.

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.
Latest Video

TIA sees no limit to 3PL sector growth
Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), joins us from CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference in Atlanta to discuss the state of the industry, and specifically the role of 3PLs in the market.

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Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

Research for the Real World
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

Forward Thinking
Grand Theft Warehousing?
The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

Forward Thinking
Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
Tracking asset provenance poses a huge challenge for global supply chains and insurance providers. Using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies in combination offers a solution that could reshape future supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?

Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

Forward Thinking
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

CSCMP Notebook
Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.