CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 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

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
Survey: logistics and transportation providers optimistic about fourth quarter economics
Revenue and profitability expected to rise, but concerns linger about workforce shortages, regulatory issues, and trade tariffs, TCompanies finds.

Forward Thinking
Curse of the Internet: E-commerce creates new challenges for customs
Agencies are struggling to process a surging tide of time-sensitive e-commerce shipments while keeping tabs on security and regulatory compliance.

Forward Thinking
Uber poised to double investment in freight unit after making it independent
Otto founder returns to run new standalone business. Move underscores Uber CEO's bullishness on model, company says.

Forward Thinking
Maersk and IBM say 94 groups have signed on to blockchain platform
Partners say "TradeLens" will help users share information among shippers, carriers, and other supply chain partners.

Forward Thinking
Auto-id industry association to study blockchain potential
AIM forms blockchain council to look at opportunities to use blockchain applications with technologies such as the Internet of Things and RFID.

Forward Thinking
MOL plots course for autonomous ships
Research looks at ways to improve fleet navigation and safety.

Forward Thinking
From supply chain to corner office: Beth Ford starts as Land O'Lakes CEO
Ford started at Land O'Lakes in 2012 as its chief supply chain officer.

Forward Thinking
Uber shelves autonomous truck program to focus on driverless cars
No current need to invest in autonomous truck technology, company says.

Forward Thinking
Millennials: No difference in trust, value between parcel delivery firms
Survey of age group finds that trusting a provider not to lose a package is key factor in carrier selection.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: A suggestion for congestion
Congestion wastes time, fuel, and productivity. There must be a better way to manage our infrastructure.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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