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June 28, 2017

U.S. economy can push 3-percent growth next year if retailers cut stores, economist says

Ratajczak also says oil won't exceed $70 a barrel for next three years.

If you don't know what blockchain is, start studying

Get familiar with this technology now. Originally designed for managing digital currency, it's well on its way to adoption as a means of tracking supply chain transactions.

Optimism is not enough: Realization of pro-growth policies will shape U.S. economic outlook

Congress and the White House are likely to implement a modest pro-growth agenda, encouraging continued consumer confidence and economic growth for the next few years.

What do you mean, "without the anxiety"?

Human resources issues were beyond the scope of our series on managing the supply chain implications of mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. That doesn't mean they aren't a concern.

Separation without the anxiety

When companies divest or acquire a business, it has all kinds of implications for supply chain professionals. Our special three-part series provides an idea of what may be expected of you.

The Financial Crisis and the Money Supply Chain

The global financial crisis of 2008-2009 put many manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers at risk. This excerpt from Chapter 5 of <i>The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected</i> explores the supply chain strategies that helped some companies successfully manage through the crisis and the subsequent economic recovery.

Learning the language of finance

Financial fluency will allow you to better explain how supply chains affect margins, turnover, and cash flow.

Infrastructure: Supply chain's missing link

Companies that fail to take a holistic view of infrastructure&mdash;the physical and informational assets required to run a supply chain&mdash;sometimes make capital-investment decisions that are detrimental in the long run.

A different path to better inventory performance

Companies work hard to reduce inventory and increase order-fill rates, yet many continue to experience erratic, stagnant, or declining inventory performance. The comprehensive approach outlined here can help them achieve the improvements they seek.

The Supply Chain Index: A new way to measure value

Supply chain executives need a more relevant set of metrics in order to better measure performance improvement. That's why the Supply Chain Index was created.

A fresh approach to improving total delivered cost

Most companies calculate total delivered cost (TDC) based on inaccurate and outdated assumptions. Using optimization technology to more accurately forecast TDC by product and customer will help them to improve both their supply chain planning decisions and their costs.

8 steps to a "servitized" supply chain

Offering bundled packages of products and services&#8212;a strategy known as "servitization"&#8212;provides greater value to the customer and can lead to more profitable relationships between manufacturer and customer. Here's how to develop a "servitized" supply chain that supports customer-segmented service.

A better way to calculate equipment ROI

Too many companies buy warehouse equipment and technology based on a "best case" scenario. Using an "engineered" approach to evaluating the return on investment will provide a more accurate picture of cost and productivity benefits.

Does supply chain "fit" matter to investors?

Apparently it does. Companies that match their supply chains to the demand aspects of their products enjoy a higher market capitalization than those without a good supply chain fit.

Join the finance revolution

Major changes underway in supply chain thinking can improve company profitability. To participate in this financial revolution, supply chain managers need to take three important actions.

Neways invests for success

What do you do when a supplier possesses proprietary technology that adds great value to your products? For Neways Enterprises, the answer was to buy a piece of the company.

A little of everything can go a long way

When products don't sell very much, conventional wisdom calls for reducing assortments and tailoring them to local conditions. But the opposite approach—stocking small quantities of each product at every store and centralizing replenishment decisions—has been shown to increase sales and reduce inventories without raising costs.

The tax factor in global site selection

Before you pick a location for a manufacturing plant overseas, consider the impact of foreign enterprise income taxes.

At Kraft, cash is king

When Kraft Foods needed to cut costs and free up cash, its supply chain organization rose to the challenge. Better inventory turnover played a leading role in boosting cash flow by 20 percent.

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Procurement Priorities
Starved for resources?
Sustainable procurement now has management's attention. But a recent study finds that executives may not be willing to commit the human and financial resources needed for such programs to succeed.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
We haven't done enough to promote diversity
A recent supply chain talent survey shows that while the profession continues to evolve, it still lacks diversity. Let's vow to do better.

Research for the Real World
How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
U.S. economy can push 3-percent growth next year if retailers cut stores, economist says
Ratajczak also says oil won't exceed $70 a barrel for next three years.

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E-commerce growth drives DC demand in smaller U.S. markets
Warehouse rental rates in "secondary" markets like Denver, Detroit, and Portland now exceed prerecession levels, CBRE says.

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Study calls for digitization of maritime shipping data
The ocean supply chain incurs expensive inefficiency due to poor data sharing in five key areas, a survey shows.

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Annual "State of Logistics Report" shows industry looking in cloudy rear-view mirror
Expenditures dropped in 2016 for the first time in six years; logistics-spending-to-GDP ratio is at its lowest level since 2009

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Long-time supply chain thought leader Art van Bodegraven dies at age 78
A prolific writer and well-known consultant, van Bodegraven had a 55-year career focused on supply chain management and leadership development.

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AI adoption in supply chain is accelerating, but barriers to success abound, analyst says
In a recent conference presentation, Gartner's Noha Tohamy outlined promising supply chain applications for artificial intelligence and discussed potential barriers to adoption.

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The new supply chain imperative
It's no longer enough for your supply chain to get goods to customers "cheaper, faster, today." It also must further long-term strategic growth.

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Report sheds new light on supposed end of U.S. manufacturing
More jobs were created than lost since 1979, and manufacturing gained 11 percent during various downturns, the report says.

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NASSTRAC honors Mac Donald
Supply Chain Quarterly's editorial group director receives shipper association's President's Award.

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How Lenovo tackles the global workforce challenge
The technology giant strengthens its supply chain talent pool by focusing on geographic, cognitive, skill, and generational diversity; its unusual approach to leadership development has created a deep bench of internationally savvy managers.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP's annual conference to focus on leading-edge thinking
CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is expected to draw more than 3,000 supply chain processionals from across the globe.

Hunting for qualified interns? Ask CSCMP!
CSCMP's online Career Center has a new feature dedicated to internships.

CSCMP and Truckstop.com collaborate on supply chain paper contest
The first-place winner of the annual Call for Papers for Young Professionals will receive a complimentary registration to the CSCMP EDGE conference.

In their own words: Members tell why CSCMP is important to them
A new video produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals features members' thoughts on the personal and professional benefits of membership in the organization.

CSCMP EDGE conference announces its lineup of keynote speakers
A writer from Pixar Animation Studio, an artificial intelligence expert, and a war hero will provide advice on leading during times of change.

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