CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 19, 2017

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2017

Making the journey to a multimodal, segmented supply chain

Strategy
Making the journey to a multimodal, segmented supply chain

A supply chain strategy that balances operational excellence with profitably serving the needs of specific customers, channels, and products offers many competitive and cost benefits. Here's what you need to get started, along with a look at how Western Digital Corporation successfully made the switch.

Technology

Why blockchain is not just for banks

If global supply chains are to gain the full benefit of this technology for managing payments and related data, all parties that play a role in global trade must be involved.
Strategy

Supply chain integration and optimization: The keys to realizing deal value

How a buyer integrates an acquisition and optimizes the combined entity's supply chain can make the difference between achieving the deal's desired benefits and, potentially, its failure.
Manufacturing

Toward supply chain agility: The case of the Australian manufacturing sector

Supply chain agility is a significant lever and capability for organizations, industries, and economies. This proposed road map helps operations and supply chain managers to identify strategies for improving their supply chain agility from both strategic and operational perspectives.
Global

Five keys to seizing the global growth opportunity

Digital technology, global development, urbanization, and business disruption represent both a major opportunity and a threat in the global economy. To succeed in a world that is changing faster than ever before, supply chain managers must not only understand the trends that are shaping the the future, they must also adjust the way they think and make decisions. In this excerpt from The Disruptors' Feast, a former top executive at some of the world's best-known companies recommends strategies for succeeding in a global marketplace that's facing constant disruption and change.
Strategy

The Great Coordinator

Kaiser Permanente's Laurel Junk is leading the transformation of the health-care giant's operation from a group of locally autonomous sites to a centralized, professional supply chain organization with standardized roles and processes.
Columns
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Moving blockchain forward: Seven use cases for hyperledger in supply chain

To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace open source technology.
Perspective

Happy 10th anniversary to us!

As Supply Chain Quarterly enters its second decade, we will continue to provide readers with fresh thinking about supply chain strategy in an in-depth yet accessible form.
Afterword

A decade of accelerating change

From the iPhone to IOT, technology advances in the past 10 years have rearranged the face of the supply chain.
Direct Connection

Supporting and developing tomorrow's supply chain leaders

CSCMP has made a significant investment in its young professionals because we believe they represent the next generation of supply chain leaders.
Monetary Matters

Optimism is not enough: Realization of pro-growth policies will shape U.S. economic outlook

Congress and the White House are likely to implement a modest pro-growth agenda, encouraging continued consumer confidence and economic growth for the next few years.
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

Creating a consumer-friendly supply chain continues to challenge retailers

For retail supply chains to succeed today, they must focus on improving the consumer's overall experience. Many are still struggling to achieve that goal, says a recent report from eyefortransport.

What growing nationalism may mean for procurement

A report from the software and consulting company GEP argues that rising nationalism will mean increases in procurement costs and a growing need for risk-mitigation plans.

Which country has the most resilient supply chain of them all?

FM Global has released the results of its 2017 Global Resilience Index, which ranks countries based on their ability to tolerate disruptive events. The latest edition features more risk factors and a new comparison function.

Mexico's NAFTA advocate

Despite the current uncertainties about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico's place in the global supply chain is secure, says Kenneth Smith Ramos, head of the Mexico's Trade and NAFTA Office in Washington, D.C.

How Lenovo tackles the global workforce challenge

The technology giant strengthens its supply chain talent pool by focusing on geographic, cognitive, skill, and generational diversity; its unusual approach to leadership development has created a deep bench of internationally savvy managers.
Departments

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 professionals from across the globe.

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.
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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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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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