CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
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April 20, 2018

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.

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.

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The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"
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Capacity crisis (surprise!) hogs the spotlight at TIA annual conference
Public, private networking chatter focus on the rate pain likely to come.

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Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study
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Put your trust in crowd sourcing and big data, McAfee urges keynote crowd
In the "digital future," conventional wisdom is replaced with new playbook for business success, MIT author says.

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Modex keynote provides a how-to guide to "disrupting yourself"
UPS CIO Juan Perez challenges Modex attendees to create a culture of—and structure for—innovation within their company.

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Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds
New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

CSCMP Notebook
Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
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.

2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

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