CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 20, 2018

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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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts
DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Forward Thinking
Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation
The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Just 3 percent of retailers have completed digital transformation projects
Companies plan investment in big data and analytics, the internet of things, and machine learning, SAP says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: New warehouse construction caught up to hot demand in fourth quarter
Sparse availability of industrial space held steady in Q4 after years of declines, real estate group says.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain cybersecurity threats may rise in 2018, warns Booz Allen
Companies could see an increase in cyber threats such as the NotPetya attack, which shut down container shipping giant Maersk.

Forward Thinking
Toyota announces supply chain research grant recipients
Lift truck maker to fund projects on warehouse automation, electric vehicles, and Industry 4.0.

Forward Thinking
IATA says global airfreight on track for best year since 2010
Gains should continue into 2018, group says, citing solid November results.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports seen growing 7 percent in 2017, NRF-Hackett report says
Total for 2017 expected to come to 20.1 million TEU, topping last year's record.

Forward Thinking
Report urges apparel companies to stop chasing low-cost-country sourcing
As costs rise in all sourcing markets, companies need to switch from a supply chain strategy focused on cost-cutting to one focused on value creation says a Kurt Salmon report.

CSCMP Notebook
Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

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.

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