CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 20, 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

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
Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

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
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
Flood of cross-border e-commerce packages challenges customs authorities to keep up, ensure security
U.S. and other governments are missing trade and product data while struggling to identify security risks for time-sensitive shipments, customs broker says.

Forward Thinking
How the maritime industry can compete in the age of Amazon
Port of Long Beach head says ecosystem must adopt "24/7 thinking" and a range of operational improvements to meet businesses' need for speed.

Forward Thinking
What, me worry about tariffs?
Many international traders are concerned about the possibility of a trade war with China. Their worries may be overstated.

Forward Thinking
Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says
Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds.

Forward Thinking
The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"
New MHI industry report identifies the five key technologies necessary for the next generation of supply chain management and the three biggest barriers standing in the way.

Forward Thinking
Capacity crisis (surprise!) hogs the spotlight at TIA annual conference
Public, private networking chatter focus on the rate pain likely to come.

Forward Thinking
Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study
In spite of growing complexity, more than half of companies are still using pen and paper to manage e-commerce deliveries.

Forward Thinking
Put your trust in crowd sourcing and big data, McAfee urges keynote crowd
In the "digital future," conventional wisdom is replaced with new playbook for business success, MIT author says.

Forward Thinking
Modex keynote provides a how-to guide to "disrupting yourself"
UPS CIO Juan Perez challenges Modex attendees to create a culture of—and structure for—innovation within their company.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds
New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

CSCMP Notebook
Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

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