CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 15, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2018

Paving the way for AI in the warehouse

Technology
Paving the way for AI in the warehouse

Recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are set to revolutionize the way warehouses operate. But before companies jump into implementations, they must make sure they have the data and talent they need.

Technology

10 technologies that will reshape SCM software

Today's supply chain management software can't keep pace with the continuous change that's challenging business models almost across the board. Together, 10 key technologies could solve that problem and enable the cutting-edge capabilities companies will need in the future.
Strategy

Are we there yet?

Some retailers are finally making strides in their efforts to master the omnichannel game. But others still have a ways to go.
Strategy

Navigational aids for an uncertain world

Changes in international economic policy are increasing supply chain risks. Four "guideposts" can help supply chain managers determine whether to change strategy or stay the course.
Strategy

Driving profitability via analytics-based value chain segmentation

Designing supply chains based on the segmentation of products and customers helps companies profitably meet different channel and customer requirements. This overview of segmentation success factors and a case study of The Clorox Company's value chain segmentation program explain how it's done.
Technology

The pragmatic futurist

Shekar Natarajan not only foresees the future of supply chain management, he is helping to shape it by finding new and revolutionary ways to apply technology to solve business challenges.
Columns
Perspective

Happy (or maybe not) New Year

The past two years tested supply chains' resiliency and ability to respond to unexpected challenges. Are you ready for 2018?
Afterword

The Year of ALAN

Three hurricanes in quick succession put the American Logistics Aid Network to the test in 2017.
Monetary Matters

Economic outlook improves worldwide

The recovery from the financial crisis of 2008-09 is finally expanding beyond a few national economies.
Direct Connection

The year of the member

CSCMP has refocused its efforts on providing value to all of our members, offering many opportunities for professional development.
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

More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte

Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

The scramble for "digital talent"

Attracting technically skilled individuals to industrial supply chains is a challenge, but there are steps companies can take to get the right people in place, according to a report from The Korn Ferry Institute.

Gartner announces its top three procurement technology predictions for 2018 and beyond

Spend-analysis software, procurement-to-pay solutions, and the "tail spend" are set to face major changes in the next five years, a report from the analyst group says.

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.

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.

Online returns activity proves adage that bad things can happen to good products

Millions of online returns have "no fault found" attached to product, RLA says.

Big Data Analytics—How does your supply chain stack up?

Don't miss your chance to take part in the second annual supply chain big data analytics global survey.
Departments

Looking for supply chain pioneers

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.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award

CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

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.
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
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.

Forward Thinking
Hurricane Michael loads up for a strike on Florida panhandle
Ports of Panama City and Pensacola prepare for wind, rain, floods.

Forward Thinking
Turnover at large truckload fleets in U.S. hits highest level since 2015
Smaller carriers, LTLs also struggle to retain drivers in tight labor market.

Forward Thinking
Study: operational costs of trucking climbed 6 percent in 2017
Increase caused by rise in fuel prices, maintenance on more complex vehicles, higher driver wages, ATRI says.

Forward Thinking
IBM extends blockchain platform for food supply chain
Firm's Food Trust platform to provide product traceability for Carrefour and other subscribers.

Forward Thinking
Amazon opens pop-up parcel delivery site in flooded Wilmington, N.C.
Retailer aids in Hurricane Florence recovery by handling packages in a van parked at a local Whole Foods Market location, Amazon says.

Forward Thinking
Takeoff Technologies partners with U.S.-based Hispanic grocer to launch robotic supermarket
Sedano's Supermakets will soon be able to fulfill orders with AI robots.

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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