CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 16, 2018

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.
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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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
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking
Ports of Los Angeles and Antwerp host innovation competition
Annual "hackathon" will award prizes for technology solutions to port and maritime challenges.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to set record in July
Strong consumer spending delays impact of tariffs on Chinese imports, NRF-Hackett report says.

Forward Thinking
The maritime industry's digital future
Companies involved in ocean freight will need to embrace emerging technologies such as big data analytics, blockchain, and automated operations in order to stay afloat, says ABI Research.

Forward Thinking
Amazon enters next phase of logistics build-out with delivery partner program
The initiative aims to create partner relationships that would control the supply of drivers and capacity.

Forward Thinking
Daimler enlists Penske and NFI in electric truck trials
Partners will share data about truck design and performance ahead of full production launch in 2021.

Forward Thinking
JDA acquires artificial intelligence firm Blue Yonder
The deal will add pricing optimization and forecasting replenishment to supply chain software suite, JDA says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Machines are our friends
While many workers fear losing their jobs to automation, those fears—at least in the supply chain—are largely unfounded.

Forward Thinking
Volvo Trucks, FedEx test platooning truck technology
The demo was the first time technology was used on the road in the United States by a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company.

Forward Thinking
Barcoding Inc. partners with Samsung on consumer electronics
Deal will bring more tablets and smartphones to supply chain operations, company says.

Forward Thinking
What can 83 cents an hour buy you? A UPS-Teamster contract
Proposed 5-year pact raises full-timers' pay by 83 cents an hour per year.

CSCMP Notebook
Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment
The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.

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