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Revamped Process Standards handbook now available

If you have used CSCMP’s Supply Chain Management Process Standards handbook in the past, then you know that it can be a valuable tool for improving core processes and overall performance.

To make that tool even better, CSCMP has revamped the Standards in a second edition that merges its structure with the APQC Process Classification Framework (PCF). APQC is a nonprofit that helps organizations benchmark and improve their processes and performance. Its Process Classification Framework is a high-level, industry-neutral enterprise process model that allows organizations to see their business processes from a cross-industry viewpoint.

The first edition of CSCMP’s Standards provided a comprehensive reference guide for logistics and supply chain processes. By revising the standards to work in conjunction with the PCF, the second edition enables companies to perform even better supply chain benchmarking.

The revised standards address the growing need for supply chain professionals to determine which processes and attributes are essential to their industries and competitive strategies. The handbook helps supply chain professionals focus their energies on achieving best practices in these processes while maintaining minimum standards in other areas.

It’s important to identify potential gaps across a broad spectrum of your supply chain processes as well as to recognize where your strengths and weaknesses lie. The Standards handbook allows you to focus attention on those areas where improvement efforts drive the most benefit. It also helps you share and compare (with discretion) these results with other organizations in your supply chain to improve overall effectiveness.

The second edition of CSCMP’s Supply Chain Management Process Standards, written by the consulting firm Supply Chain Visions, costs US $99.95 for members and US $139.95 for nonmembers. It can be purchased in the “Bookstore” section of CSCMP’s website.

New! Updated Process Standards Workshop
In tandem with publishing a revised version of its Supply Chain Management Process Standards handbook, CSCMP is launching a two-day workshop: “The New Process Standards: Assess. Implement. Improve.” The next workshop is scheduled for November 16-17, 2009, in Lombard, Illinois, USA.


Hot off the press: The Handbook of Supply Chain Costing

Supply chain management offers great potential to increase performance and reduce costs. But despite making major strides in integrating their supply chains, executives have achieved just a fraction of the potential savings available. Supply chain costing can provide the next big breakthrough that will help companies achieve a higher level of value creation.

CSCMP’s new book, The Handbook of Supply Chain Costing, was developed to assist supply chain executives in expanding their visibility and management of cost information. Written by Terrance L. Pohlen and Thomas P. Klammer of the University of North Texas and Gary Cokins of SAS Institute, the book says that to achieve the full potential of supply chain management, executives require a much broader view of costs than is available through their existing cost management systems. They need to improve their internal cost information and extend their “line of sight” to include their trading partners’ costs—both upstream and downstream.

This argument is supported by research on more than 20 companies representing a wide range of industries. Recognized as leaders in supply chain management, cost management and control, and collaboration, all of these firms had a clear vision of what they sought to achieve, yet none had fully completed the process. The book uses their journeys as a roadmap for others.

Drawing from this research, the authors provide a foundation for conducting supply chain costing and address issues common to all supply chains and costing efforts. The book then helps supply chain professionals tailor the process to their own circumstances and costing needs.

The Handbook of Supply Chain Costing can be purchased in CSCMP’s Bookstore for US $79.95 for members and US $109.95 for nonmembers.


CSCMP webinars offer affordable education

When times are tough, travel budgets often suffer. But that’s no reason to put your professional education on hold. CSCMP is continuing to develop a full slate of webinars that address pressing industry problems and trends, which you can attend for a fraction of the cost of most executive education courses or conferences.

The sessions may be virtual, but attendees won’t completely lose the give-and-take that makes in-person events so valuable. Because the webinars are broadcast live, you’ll have the opportunity to pose questions and offer comments just as you would during a traditional seminar.

Each of these virtual presentations has met CSCMP’s rigorous educational standards, so quality is guaranteed. For the next scheduled webinar, Bill Hardgrave of the University of Arkansas will examine how to deploy RFID to solve business problems and receive a payback on that investment. The virtual presentation will occur on November 18, 2009, at 11:00 am CST. Click here for more information.


You’ve read their words, now hear them speak ...

You now have the opportunity to hear some of the authors of Supply Chain Quarterly articles discuss their thought-leading research and ideas. On October 8, CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly will post video interviews with the authors of some of its best-read articles. Filmed on location at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference in Chicago, the videos will feature presenters from the “Highlights of Supply Chain Quarterly” track:

  • Chuck Taylor of Awake! Consulting on how companies should prepare for the next round of oil price hikes;
  • Stephen Cain of Groenewout Consultants & Engineers on multilayered distribution in Europe;
  • Ted Schaefer of Profit Point on how to manage the twin goals of profitability and sustainability;
  • Douglas Lambert of The Ohio State University on how you can determine which of your customers are most profitable;
  • Brad Sampson of XCD Performance Consulting on when in-sourcing is the right decision for a company; and
  • Joseph Martha of Booz Allen Hamilton on how to determine a supply chain’s carbon footprint.
To view the video interviews, visit our Video section starting on October 8.

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