CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 19, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2016

Manufacturing from the ground up

Manufacturing
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.

Manufacturing

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.
Procurement

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.
Logistics

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.
Strategy

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.
Technology

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.
Columns
Perspective

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.
Afterword

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.
Departments

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.
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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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