CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 20, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2016

Manufacturing from the ground up

Manufacturing from the ground up

A deep-rooted commitment to product quality and to supporting the individuals who sell its products guides Amway's global manufacturing strategy. In some cases, that means controlling the supply chain from the farm forward.


Click "NEXT" to print your supply chain

Research confirms that three-dimensional printing is already revolutionizing supply chains. Here's what is actually happening in the market, along with10 considerations for anyone who's exploring adoption of this technology.

Map your way to an effective sourcing strategy

This business-process mapping technique, designed specifically for procurement, can help you identify which relational and economic sourcing models are right for your company.

Multitasking DCs deliver the goods for omnichannel retailers

Three-quarters of retailers fulfill orders from multiple channels at a single distribution center, according to an annual omnichannel fulfillment survey.

Buying or selling an asset: How to prepare for the handoff

Early planning takes risk out of the transition from seller to buyer and sets the stage for a speedy close.

Educator to the world

Dr. Chris Caplice wants to make supply chain education freely available to anyone, anywhere. More than 150,000 people from 190 countries have taken him up on that offer so far.

Don't overlook demographics

Changes in population can have a profound impact not only on long-term supply chain strategy but also on day-to-day operations.
Procurement Priorities

Going through a merger? Procurement plays an important role

The procurement department is indispensable when it comes to delivering the savings promised by a corporate merger.

What shoppers want ... and what it means for you

How consumers shop and buy is driving change in supply chains at a dizzying pace.
Direct Connection

Never stop learning

Business needs and practices are constantly changing, so we should all be "students" throughout our careers.
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.
Monetary Matters

Globalization at a crossroad?

Efforts to limit globalization both raise prices and damage the competitiveness of domestic industries that import raw materials.
Forward Thinking

Public opinion on drone delivery is mixed

A report by the U.S. Postal Service finds that older generations are less likely to be interested in receiving packages delivered by unmanned autonomous vehicles.

Smart-packaging market to reach $26.7 billion by 2024

Beyond just containing inventory, smart parcels provide services such as location tracking and moisture control.

Three ways to combat the risk of forced labor in supply chains

Research shows that forced labor touches every supply chain. But there are some practical steps you can take to reduce the chances of it infiltrating yours.

Best-in-class retailers have greater supply chain visibility than peers

A survey by Aberdeen Group shows leading retailers not only possess better visibility of their in-transit shipments but also have a clearer view of supplier quality and manufacturing processes than their competitors.

A practical guide to vendor compliance

A new book by Norman Katz provides concrete advice for creating or improving your supply chain vendor compliance program.

Demand rises for logistics and industrial space in the Americas

Vacancy rates have dropped in the United States and Mexico, while availability has increased in Brazil and parts of Canada.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Growth projections for Q4 are conservative

Both emerging and developing economies have shown inconsistent growth, which supports a more modest global economic outlook.

Dutch ingenuity in transport robotics

Dutch designers test driverless vehicles for road, rail, and sea.

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.

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's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources

CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

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.

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.
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
Commentary: Manufacturing quality reimagined: The hidden power of your data
Manufacturers that only use quality data in a reactive manner at the local plant level are missing out on opportunities to generate large-scale, enterprisewide savings.

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.

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.