CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Finance
August 15, 2018

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.

E-commerce in a connected world

While B2B e-commerce holds the lion's share of total e-commerce sales, the B2C market is vying to catch up.

Economic outlook improves worldwide

The recovery from the financial crisis of 2008-09 is finally expanding beyond a few national economies.

Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group

Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts

DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation

The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

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.

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 The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected 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—the physical and informational assets required to run a supply chain—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—a strategy known as "servitization"—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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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