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September 17, 2014
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Each month the Supply Chain Executive Insight e-newsletter will include brief articles about developments that are often overlooked by other supply chain publications. We will present you with summaries of the latest research as well as new ideas on how to make your supply chain operations more effective. And we'll offer commentary that sheds light on what's happening in supply chains today.
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"Control towers" provide a return on risk management investments
An Accenture study found that companies earning a high return on their risk management programs have something in common: The use of "control towers" to collect and analyze data across the supply chain.
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Retail supply chains focus on "unified commerce"
An annual survey conducted by Boston Retail Partners finds that creating a seamless shopping experience in stores, on the Web, and on mobile devices is a top priority for retailers.

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New book addresses how to build a supply chain roadmap
In a follow-up to his popular article in CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, Hernán David Perez explains how to align supply chains with business strategies.

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E-commerce 20 years on
August 11 marked the 20th anniversary of the first online transaction. Much has changed in the ensuing two decades.

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"Big data" is a big mystery to many supply chain managers, report says
Managers need help identifying the right kind of data for big data analyses; tactical applications are most common, according to CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report.

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Supply chain executives fail to properly manage supplier risks
Respondents to a University of Tennessee survey recognize the importance of supplier risk, but few measure it.

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Few companies achieve a high ROI from risk management
A new Accenture study correlates specific management strategies with high returns on investments in supply chain risk management.

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Most retail supply chains are not ready for omnichannel commerce
Less than one-fourth of retail CEOs participating in a global study sponsored by JDA Software believe the rise of omnichannel shopping will affect their organizations.

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"State of Logistics Report": U.S. warehousing demand spiked in 2013 due to cheap money, retailers' overconfidence
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual research report says logistics costs as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) fell to 8.2 percent last year.

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Supply chain analytics tops executives' priority list for technology investment
Most respondents to an IBM survey said they plan to implement advanced analytics and modeling in the next two to five years. Visibility was second on their priority list.

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Survey: Cost, IT, strategy, transportation are top concerns for supply chain managers
The Q1 edition of the "Supply Chain Heartbeat" survey found that some supply chain basics are "top of mind" for supply chain executives.