CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Global
January 18, 2017

Best-in-class retailers have greater supply chain visibility than peers

A survey by Aberdeen Group shows leading retailers not only possess better visibility of their in-transit shipments but also have a clearer view of supplier quality and manufacturing processes than their competitors.

Three ways to combat the risk of forced labor in supply chains

Research shows that forced labor touches every supply chain. But there are some practical steps you can take to reduce the chances of it infiltrating yours.

More than 250 volunteers pitch in at Stop Hunger Now event at CSCMP Annual Conference

The second annual event not only served as a way for supply chain professionals to give back to community, but it also attracted millennials and helped to strengthen ties between business partners.

Public-private partnerships are essential to improving humanitarian supply chains

A recent paper from the World Food Programme says that NGOs, governments, and the private sector need to form collaborative partnerships to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.

Index identifies potential supply chain risk in 130 countries and territories

The FM Global Country Resilience Index can help companies design supply chains that are less vulnerable to disruption.

Brexit to boost U.S. exports to Asia, depress activity to Britain and Europe, economist says

Ratajczak says Fed to remain on hold until dollar's appreciation slows.

As Europe and the rest of the world reel from Britain's vote to leave EU, concern turns to "Nexit"

In the wake of the stunning outcome, transportation and logistics providers pledge continuity.

Switzerland boasts the world's most resilient supply chains

The alpine nation topped FM Global's annual Global Resilience Index, which ranks 130 countries and territories on their ability to bounce back from a supply chain disruption.

Simple but effective KPIs for global shipments

By utilizing just three key performance indicators—lane cost, working capital, and a penalty for excessively late delivery—and converting them into economic values, you'll have the information you need to properly manage any global logistics move.

CSCMP publication looks at "new normal" in China

Update to <i>Global Perspectives/China</i> addresses how economic downturn, new international environment will affect logistics and supply chain strategy in China.

Current events

Two recent articles in <i>Supply Chain Quarterly</i> look at fast-moving developments that bear watching.

Uncertainty on the high seas

Climate change and geopolitical clashes could transform commercial shipping in the foreseeable future. For global supply chains, powerful new opportunities&mdash;and new risks&mdash;are just around the corner.

Winning supply chain strategies for African markets

Africa's economies are growing, but poor infrastructure and difficult business conditions persist. Creative, flexible approaches to supply chain design and execution can help companies overcome these and other challenges.

Two approaches to mitigating supply chain risk

Today's fast-changing business environments calls for new ways of evaluating risk.

Bringing a supply chain back to life in Afghanistan

Decades of war have devastated the Afghan hand-knotted carpet industry. Now a new public-private initiative will help traditional artisans rebuild the supply chain that provides raw materials like wool and dyes and delivers finished carpets to domestic and export markets.

Winning strategies for emerging markets in Asia

Growing economies, complex business environments, and a diverse consumer base make supply chain management a challenge in Asia's emerging markets. Here are five strategies that can help.

How Diageo reduced risk in Asia

By tailoring its supply chain strategy for specific product segments, the global beverage company reduced the risk of disruption to its growing Asian business. In the process, it gained a competitive advantage in this vast and variable market.

A supply chain redesign for omnichannel success

To maintain its lead in omnichannel retailing, the venerable U.K. retailer John Lewis has adopted a very modern strategy: converting to "hybrid" distribution centers that fill orders for both retail stores and online sales.

Building a winning supply chain in Latin America

Its size, strong growth, and relative wealth make Latin America an increasingly appealing market&mdash;but only for companies that can overcome the region's supply chain complexities.

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Perspective
Time for some scenario planning?
Be prepared: Policy changes that come about as a result of the president-elect's simplistic view of international trade could impact your supply chain costs with little warning.

Procurement Priorities
Procurement: It's time to automate!
Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Carter's: A story of supply chain leadership
The children's apparel company Carter's has made significant improvements to its supply chain by leveraging scale while managing complexity.

Research for the Real World
Governance models for regional logistics hubs, and why they matter
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Attention, supply chain professionals: The world's problems cannot be solved without your help
Supply chain organizations should work with governments and nonprofit groups to feed the world, heal the sick, save the planet, and make money too, says a new report from the research group SCM World and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Holiday returns volumes reach new high, UPS says
The surge in e-commerce returns has pushed retailers and carriers to cut reverse logistics costs.

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New government report highlights best practices for improving U.S. port productivity
The U.S. Commerce Department has compiled suggestions for improving port operations, reducing disruptions, and improving competitiveness.

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Why blockchain is not just for banks
If global supply chains are to gain the full benefit of this technology for managing payments and related data, all parties that play a role in global trade must be involved.

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Luxembourg supply chain center appoints new director
Professor Benny Mantin will serve as director of the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a joint partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Luxembourg government.

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GE opens wallet to boost 3-D printing
The company now offers financing for businesses buying additive manufacturing machines.

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Toyota names winners of grants to study supply chain tech
The lift truck vendor selected projects on location-based data on forklift drivers, changing material handling system requirements, and Internet of Things.

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New e-book identifies five stages of supply chain design maturity
The software company Llamasoft has published a guide to making better decisions about supply chain design.

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U.S. industrial property demand to stay strong in '17, CBRE forecasts
A logistics and real estate firm forecasts that e-commerce will fuel another surge in demand.

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Dutch team pushes blockchain technology for logistics data
This US$2.3 million initiative would use the security protocol to protect supply chain records.

CSCMP Notebook
2016 Rainmakers and Thought Leaders Reception and Dinner
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly and sister publication DC Velocity hosted their annual reception and dinner at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

MercuryGate renews conference partnership with CSCMP
Cloud-based transportation system provider will serve as the premier sponsor of CSCMP's 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.

CSCMP's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources
CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

Food from CSCMP Stop Hunger Now event being used to support relief efforts in Haiti
The food packages assembled during the pre-conference volunteer event were part of a 175,000-pound shipment of food and medicine to nonprofits providing Hurricane Matthew relief.

CSCMP Educators Conference fosters collaboration between academia and business world
Opening remarks highlight how the conference has evolved to integrate more members of the supply chain community.

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