CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Manufacturing
March 30, 2017

Using supply chain-enabled PLCM to boost margin growth

In a world where frequent product innovation is a must, a platform life-cycle management strategy can help companies tame complexity while improving profitability.

Manufacturing from the ground up

A deep-rooted commitment to product quality and to supporting the individuals who sell its products guides Amway's global manufacturing strategy. In some cases, that means controlling the supply chain from the farm forward.

Click "NEXT" to print your supply chain

Research confirms that three-dimensional printing is already revolutionizing supply chains. Here's what is actually happening in the market, along with10 considerations for anyone who's exploring adoption of this technology.

Envisioning SCM 4.0: The view from Japan

New research reveals how Japanese manufacturing companies are designing supply chain strategies to support "Industry 4.0."

To thrive in the future, manufacturing will have to get "smarter"

To respond to demand more quickly, manufacturers will need to incorporate big data, advanced analytics, and other technologies into their operations, according to a white paper from UPS.

Will U.S. manufacturing be back on top?

A new report predicts that by 2020 the United States will replace China as the most competitive manufacturing nation.

Full circle

Reverse supply chain management and closed-loop recycling reintroduce reusable parts and materials into the forward supply chain. Manufacturers, consumers, and even the planet can benefit from this practice.

Ten ways the manufacturing supply chain will transform itself in 2016 (and beyond)

The next 24 months will bring radical changes in manufacturers' supply chain strategies and operations, says analyst group IDC. The drivers: technologies such as cloud-based commerce networks, demand-sensing technology, and 3-D printing.

Regionalized supply chains are on the rise

Trends in the engineering and manufacturing sector, such as growing demand from emerging markets and an increase in product customization, are requiring companies to change how they organize their supply chains, says a DHL report.

A leap forward in 3-D printing?

A new technology might finally make additive manufacturing faster and cheaper.

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.

Conflict minerals and corporate supply chains: The challenge of complying with Dodd-Frank

In just a few months, publicly traded U.S. companies will have to report their use of certain minerals and their derivatives to the government. Not ready just yet? Here's how to get your compliance efforts under way.

Get ready for the "software-defined supply chain"

As new technologies transform manufacturing from an activity defined by hardware and logistics constraints to one that's largely defined by software, supply chain leaders will have to completely reshape their product manufacturing and design processes. Most look unprepared to meet that challenge.

Inside Dell's global command centers

The technology giant's global command centers coordinate parts logistics and field technicians to respond swiftly to customers' requests. They even monitor potential problems like natural disasters and work with customers to develop contingency plans.

The case for front-end vertical integration

Companies that outsource manufacturing can better control process, product quality, flexibility, and delivery if they have a higher degree of integration with their suppliers. In some cases, it may make sense to bring some manufacturing in-house. A technique called "Krajlic's matrix" facilitates that decision.

How Mercedes-Benz turned research into reality

By adopting proven practices from the supply chain literature, a Mercedes-Benz bus factory in Turkey avoided "reinventing the supply chain wheel" while making big gains in production and efficiency.

Using technology to improve supplier integration

An online portal allowed Ingersoll Rand's Trane division to achieve better communication with its suppliers. The resulting inventory visibility helps to keep its continuous-flow manufacturing lines humming.

Time to come home?

To offshore, nearshore, or "reshore"? A total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis can answer that question. For some companies, TCO analyses are suggesting that manufacturing close to the point of consumption is the best choice.

Are you a candidate for produce-to-demand?

Produce-to-demand manufacturing can help some consumer packaged goods companies reduce finished-goods inventory, improve order fill rates, and cut supply chain costs. Here’s how to know whether it’s right for you.

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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.

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
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
The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
What growing nationalism may mean for procurement
A report from the software and consulting company GEP argues that rising nationalism will mean increases in procurement costs and a growing need for risk-mitigation plans.

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How Ford is collaborating with suppliers to green its supply chain
By sharing its own best practices with its suppliers, the automaker is on track to save 550 million gallons of water and cut carbon emissions by 500,000 metric tons over the next five years.

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Lack of internal resources and talent may hinder procurement's digital transformation
A survey by The Hackett Group suggests that procurement organizations are moving forward with major technology implementations without having the needed skills and internal resources.

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Digital logistics market set for 8.1 percent compound annual growth through 2022
Advanced technologies and communication tools improve supply chain efficiency, a new report says.

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Study: warehousing services market to grow at 6 percent CAGR
Warehousing service providers are planning for growth by deploying technology, alliances, and bundled services.

Forward Thinking
Small and mid-sized manufacturers are behind on supply chain management, according to Grant Thornton
A recent survey finds that more than a third of respondents have only informal supply chain processes.

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HighJump names four supply chain trends for 2017
Digital transformation strategies should include consumer-grade user interfaces, data analytics, unified commerce, and automated computing. says the software company.

Forward Thinking
How Hilti helps logistics professionals gain more visibility
The European construction-products company has created an award-winning career development plan that enables its logistics employees to play a more entrepreneurial role and demonstrate the value they add companywide.

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Survey: retailers drive demand for Internet of Things
Zebra study shows retailers seek technologies to let them fulfill online orders from store shelves.

Forward Thinking
Manufacturing jobs may indeed be coming "home," but who will do them?
A new AlixPartners report says that while more manufacturers are considering "nearshoring," they are also stymied by a shortage of skilled labor. Robots may well offer a solution.

CSCMP Notebook
Tackling the challenge of last-mile delivery
In the latest CSCMP Hot Topics publication, A.T. Kearney analysts predict how companies will respond to the increasing demands and costs associated with e-commerce logistics.

Nominate a promising supply chain star for the CSCMP Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award
Nominations are due May 15.

CSCMP renames its annual conference "CSCMP EDGE"
The rebranded annual conference will provide attendees with an edge on the latest supply chain thinking and research.

CSCMP roundtables head into spring with a host of new events
With more than 80 local chapters or roundtables, the supply chain organization has events occurring nearly every week.

European Supply Chain Leadership Forum focuses on enhancing the customer experience
This annual event, hosted by CSCMP's Spain Rountable, will feature presentations from leading supply chain practitioners and experts.

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