CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 23, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2017

The Power of People: McCormick & Company's procurement transformation

Procurement
The Power of People: McCormick & Company's procurement transformation

When the spice and flavoring company adopted a long-term strategy focused on global growth, the procurement team stepped up with a bold plan to reshape their priorities and organizational structure. The initiative has exceeded expectations, with more improvements to come.

Strategy

How back-of-mind backrooms rob retailers of profits

There's a significant cost associated with taking the backroom for granted. Taking the time to re-evaluate a variety of relevant factors can help companies operate a more efficient, cost-effective backroom.
Technology

Big data analytics in supply chain: Tackling the tidal wave

The amount of supply chain data is growing exponentially, and companies are struggling to make effective use of available information. New research reveals the strategies they're adopting to help them harness the power of big data.
Strategy

Unleashing your supply chain's potential through a bimodal approach

Gaining the full benefits of this valuable approach requires integrating two ways of thinking.
Strategy

The power of relationships

This year's Emerging Leader Award winners demonstrate that to succeed in supply chain management you need both technical expertise and "soft skills."
Strategy

How process industries can improve supply chain performance

Process industries such as steelmaking and chemicals are increasingly focused on customer service, but their supply chain practices are designed for low-cost, efficient operations. To align with today's corporate strategies, they need to match their supply chains to the markets they serve while improving their demand forecasting capabilities.
Strategy

The insight-driven supply chain: What's it all about?

Companies whose supply chains fully leverage insights from available data are gaining a measurable competitive advantage. Here's an overview of how to apply this strategy and the value it provides.
Columns
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.
Perspective

The young and the ambitious

Take the time to learn more about the talented, motivated young people who are entering our profession. There's much you can do to help them achieve their goals.
Afterword

No longer a trend, but an inevitability

The technology trends that will rock your world are already in motion.
Direct Connection

CSCMP EDGE: Education, thought leadership, and innovation

CSCMP's annual conference offered programs and networking opportunities that will benefit attendees for years to come.
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.
Monetary Matters

Global economic outlook appears brighter as risks recede

Though 2016 brought much that was unexpected to the global economic and political landscape, many of the risks that were looming over the near-term outlook have receded.
Forward Thinking

How Ford is collaborating with suppliers to green its supply chain

By sharing its own best practices with its suppliers, the automaker is on track to save 550 million gallons of water and cut carbon emissions by 500,000 metric tons over the next five years.

Could your industrial robots "go rogue"?

Cybersecurity experts warn that many robots in factories and distribution centers have outdated software and weak authentication systems, leaving them open to being hacked. An attack could harm companies, products, and even people.

Ethical supply chains: more style than substance?

While four-fifths of respondents to a new study say they have a "responsible supply chain," only a quarter said their companies are addressing issues such as child labor or climate change in their supply chains.

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.

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.

Pilot project connects blockchain and "smart" pallets

By feeding data from Internet of Things-enabled pallets into its digital ledger system, the chemical manufacturer BASF hopes to improve supply chain visibility and decision making.

Which supply chain innovations are ready for the mainstream?

A new report from Gartner Inc. identifies nine new technologies and strategies that it predicts will see widespread adoption by 2022.

New report goes inside the minds of young supply chain professionals

YPs give high marks to their jobs, their employers, and the profession as a whole, but they're always on the lookout for career development and advancement opportunities, a survey of nearly 300 young CSCMP members finds.

The challenges of implementing a circular economy

A paper from the European business school INSEAD points out the obstacles a company must overcome before it can sell remanufactured goods in a closed-loop supply chain.
Departments

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.

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.
Latest Video

NASSTRAC's new home and focus on the future
Gail Rutkowski, executive director of the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), discusses the critical issues facing the industry and her group's new affiliation with CSCMP.

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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
JD.com unveils plans to study underground urban fulfillment network
Chinese e-commerce giant launches "Urban Smart Logistics Institute" at Beijing supply chain summit.

Forward Thinking
MIT commits $1 billion to AI education, research, development
Creates Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing to serve as focal point for interdisciplinary approach to studying computing, artificial intelligence and related fields.

Forward Thinking
GS1 US launches cross-industry blockchain discussion group
GS1 members, experts kick off monthly discussion of how GS1 standards support blockchain use, November 28-29 in Chicago.

Forward Thinking
Economist warns of moderate recession in 2020
Material handling industry likely to be buoyed by continued e-commerce growth, but chance of Chinese recession looms, Schenker says at MHI conference.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Trade wars will mean supply chain pain
In its attempt to bring China to heel, the administration could do great harm to U.S. importers and their supply chain partners.

Forward Thinking
Digital megashifts could give supply chain managers "superhuman" productivity, futurist says
Despite potential of tech to streamline business tasks, human traits like compassion can never be replicated, Leonhard tells MHI show.

Forward Thinking
Study: supply chain management projects to spark jump in IoT investment through 2023
Forrester says inventory tracking and warehouse management will be major use cases in more than one-quarter of $434.9 billion spending forecast.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce, urbanization drive evolution in ground transport sector
DHL research shows 75 percent of companies believe investing in ground transportation will directly support growth.

Forward Thinking
Michael lashes Florida with dangerous winds, closing ports
Many businesses have defenses in place, after witnessing fury of Hurricane Florence and 2017 storms, ALAN says.

Forward Thinking
The quiet case for RFID
New research says that radio frequency identification tags can help companies achieve greater order accuracy than bar-code scanning.

CSCMP Notebook
Dell, Drucker, Stephenson, Gattorna feted by CSCMP
CSCMP's Hall of Fame inductions took place at association's annual EDGE conference in Nashville.

ALAN honors Alison Thompson with Lifetime Achievement Award; Home Depot, Estes, The Shippers Group also honored
The organization's Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize supply chain professionals and organizations who demonstrate their commitment to disaster relief efforts.

A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

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.

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