CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 20, 2018

Planning for the unexpected: How "what-if" costing reduces global risk

Cost simulation can help retailers and others that source internationally to reduce unpredictability in their landed costs.

When suppliers and their customers don't see eye to eye

New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.

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.

The Power of People: McCormick & Company's procurement transformation

When the spice and flavoring company adopted a long-term strategy focused on global growth, the procurement team stepped up with a bold plan to reshape their priorities and organizational structure. The initiative has exceeded expectations, with more improvements to come.

New report touts benefits of using group purchasing organizations for health-care supplies

Research commissioned by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association says health-care GPOs typically save members up to 18 percent on supplies while also creating a more competitive marketplace.

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.

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.

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.

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.

As minimum wages rise, procurement must be ready to respond

With 21 U.S. states increasing their minimum wages in 2017, expect to see some suppliers asking for a price hike.

Procurement: It's time to automate!

Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.

Map your way to an effective sourcing strategy

This business-process mapping technique, designed specifically for procurement, can help you identify which relational and economic sourcing models are right for your company.

Going through a merger? Procurement plays an important role

The procurement department is indispensable when it comes to delivering the savings promised by a corporate merger.

"The Fierce Urgency of Now": Why working with minority suppliers still matters

Some corporations have been questioning the importance of minority-owned businesses to their commercial relationships and supply chains. Yet, the author explains in this essay, it's become increasingly clear that diversity and inclusion fuel growth for businesses as well as for the economy at large.

Tackling the tactical with procurement outsourcing

Outsourcing tactical procurement can help companies focus on adding value.

The U.K. health-care supply chain: Moving toward a world-class operation

Supply chain management across the United Kingdom's health-care sector is evolving in response to a growing need for greater efficiency, lower costs, and enhanced patient safety. Better inventory management holds the key to achieving those objectives.

Five strategies that make procurement more efficient and effective

By embracing technology and focusing on internal customers, world-class procurement organizations are able to reduce their operating costs and headcount, says a Hackett Group study.

Indirect spending worthy of direct attention

If your procurement organization isn't managing your indirect spend, then you're missing out on a significant source of cost savings.

An ethical supply chain doesn't just happen

An ethical lapse can harm not just a company's reputation but also its bottom line. Chief procurement officers need to make sure they have an ethics policy in place that is up-to-date and well communicated.

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Manufacturers that only use quality data in a reactive manner at the local plant level are missing out on opportunities to generate large-scale, enterprisewide savings.

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Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

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Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

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Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

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Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

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Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

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Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
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Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
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CSCMP Notebook
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.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.