CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 20, 2018

Current Issue Table of Contents

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.

10 technologies that will reshape SCM software
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.
Are we there yet?
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.
Navigational aids for an uncertain world
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.
Driving profitability via analytics-based value chain segmentation
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
Genpact acquires Barkawi in merger of consulting firms
Supply chain management services will focus on consumer packaged goods, industrial manufacturing, and high-tech sectors, Genpact says.

Forward Thinking
GE goes 3-D
General Electric donates three-dimensional printers to schools to help promote additive manufacturing.

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.

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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