CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 20, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2017

From dreams to reality: How to turn innovative ideas into real-world applications

Strategy
From dreams to reality: How to turn innovative ideas into real-world applications

Supply chain innovation is not just a matter of coming up with great ideas; you also have to convert them to sustainable, practical applications. Following a disciplined process such as the one outlined in this article will result in less wasted effort and more frequent success.

Manufacturing

Using supply chain-enabled PLCM to boost margin growth

In a world where frequent product innovation is a must, a platform life-cycle management strategy can help companies tame complexity while improving profitability.
Strategy

C-suite crusader

Ann Drake is on a mission: to help qualified women—in supply chain management and beyond—move into the top ranks of business leadership.
Logistics

Supply chain evolution in a crisis: Case studies from Russia

Its size and relative wealth make Russia an important market. But the long distances and limited infrastructure that create significant supply chain challenges have been compounded in recent years by economic upheaval. The crisis has scared off some international players. Others see it as an opportunity.
Technology

Disruptive technologies: Should you give them the green light?

Disruptive technologies have the power to upend supply chains, adding uncertainty, cost, and complexity. They also can create competitive advantage—but only if organizations strategically build them into their supply chains.
Columns
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.
Afterword

The year of living disruptively

2017 is shaping up to be a tipping point when it comes to disruptive technologies. And not in the way you're probably thinking.
Direct Connection

The supply chain's voice in government

CSCMP is actively involved in several supply chain-focused initiatives sponsored by the U.S. government.
Research for the Real World

The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking

Going direct: Manufacturers set their sights on direct-to-consumer delivery

IDC Manufacturing Insights expects that by 2020, half of all manufacturers will be capable of handling deliveries to consumers.

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.

New index polls logistics managers to gauge U.S. economy's direction

Logistics Manager's Index seeks respondents for monthly poll measuring transportation, warehousing, and inventory activity.

Forget customer service; controlling omnichannel costs is retailers' new top priority

The pressing need to handle omnichannel fulfillment profitably is reshaping retailers' supply chain strategies, according to preliminary results of the 2017 "State of the Retail Supply Chain" study.
Departments

Who is your supply chain hero?

CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

CSCMP's Mentorship Program to accept new applicants in March

This popular program pairs students and young professionals with seasoned supply chain managers.

CSCMP roundtables head into spring with a host of new events

With more than 80 local chapters or roundtables, the supply chain organization has events occurring nearly every week.

European Supply Chain Leadership Forum focuses on enhancing the customer experience

This annual event, hosted by CSCMP's Spain Rountable, will feature presentations from leading supply chain practitioners and experts.

The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
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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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Perspective
Convergence and the future of material handling
The blurring of lines between providers of equipment, software, and other technologies will profoundly change the material handling world—and yours, too.

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
The link between driver turnover and motor carrier safety
While it makes sense that an increase in driver turnover would have a negative effect on the carriers' safety, little is known about the exact nature of the relationship and about whether managers can take steps to mitigate those negative effects.
Forward Thinking
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say
Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

Forward Thinking
Reshuffled ocean carrier alliances have been good for industry—so far, carrier executives contend
New carrier groupings and industry consolidation not detrimental to shippers, but problems remain, according to speakers at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) conference.

Forward Thinking
Study: consumers prefer in-store shopping over e-commerce
The convenience of in-stock merchandise trumps greater choice and the customization of online inventory, a JDA survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Brexit is already disrupting European supply chains, says U.K. procurement organization
A survey of U.K. and European supply chain managers found that many are reexamining their relationships with suppliers.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce DC of the future to be hybrid of automation, labor, expert says
100 percent automation will never happen, according to Joe Dunlap of real estate and logistics services firm CBRE.

Forward Thinking
New industry group looks to create blockchain standards for the freight industry
The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance seeks to bring together companies that have an interest in the deploying the technology to improve efficiencies in freight transportation.

Forward Thinking
Lights! Camera! Logistics!: interview with Elaine Singleton
Technicolor has been part of the filmgoing fabric for decades. But as Elaine Singleton, the company's vice president of supply chain, explains, there is also a thriving 3PL brand behind the credits.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs will devote more attention and resources to technology and e-commerce in 2018, agency's acting head says
Kevin K. McAleenan outlined priorities for the coming year at last week's CONECT conference.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Driving profitability in an express world
The pressure is on to move to faster and faster delivery to the end consumer. Here are a few strategies shippers can adopt to drive profitability in their transportation networks while still providing what their customers really want.

CSCMP Notebook
2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2017 conference held in September in Atlanta, Georgia.

CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

CSCMP names 2017 Emerging Leader Award winners
Nathan Chaney of Mainfreight and David Perez of Cushman & Wakefield will be recognized at CSCMP's annual conference for their contributions as young supply chain professionals.

CSCMP EDGE conference to offer three facility tours
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a Home Depot fulfillment center, and a Kroger distribution center.

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.

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