CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
April 23, 2014

Too-great expectations?

Many young supply chain professionals have unrealistic expectations about job requirements and career paths. Employers and educators must do a better job of communicating what skills and traits new hires will need in the real world.

The real impact of high transportation costs

High transportation costs are driving three main shifts in supply chain strategies. These changes are having a beneficial impact not just on transportation budgets but also on broader supply chain and financial performance.

A seat on the board: Do you have what it takes?

Whether you're choosing a new member of a board of directors or are a candidate yourself, following these guidelines will help to ensure the board includes people with the right skills and attributes for the job.

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.

Collaboration without borders

In Europe, Baxter International's experience with "horizontal collaboration," where two or more shippers share transportation movements, has been so successful that the company plans to expand the program beyond its current boundaries.

How to recognize and reduce risk

Three techniques—segmentation, quantitative risk assessment, and scenario planning—can help managers identify, assess, and mitigate supply chain risk.

The 10 hidden costs of outsourcing

Outsourcing production overseas used to be a can't-miss strategy. But the combination of changing business dynamics and the original outsourcing assumptions has revealed costs that may prompt companies to re-evaluate their outsourcing decisions.

How a "3-D" supply chain process system could revolutionize business

The emergence of three-dimensional supply chain processes could alter the business landscape, helping small and medium-size businesses to become more competitive.

Kimberly-Clark connects its supply chain to the store shelf

In its quest to achieve a demand-driven supply chain, Kimberly-Clark turned to software that generates shipment forecasts based on point-of-sale data. Now the consumer products giant can better serve some of its customers with a lot less inventory.

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Supply chain partners that are unwilling to share information prevent others from achieving the benefits of big data analysis.
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One-third of manufacturers expect supplier problems this year
An American Society for Quality (ASQ) survey finds that buyers are taking action to prevent anticipated parts shortages.

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Supply chain executives foresee increasing costs from disruptions
Deloitte Consulting survey finds that supply chain breaks have become more costly to companies.

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U.S. CEOs plan to tighten supplier links
PwC's "16th Annual Global CEO Survey" finds executives are concerned about the cost and reliability of materials and energy.

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Book examines impact of "macrotrends" on supply chains
Several global economic and consumer trends are likely to disrupt modern business practices and add unprecedented complexity to supply chains, creating challenges for supply chain managers.

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Supply Chain Quarterly launches new video series
Our "Supply Chain Spotlight" series of video interviews offers a wealth of commentary about new developments in the field.

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Reducing supply chain barriers would do more to increase trade than ending import tariffs
Even "half measures" toward implementing best practices would be six times more beneficial to global growth than eliminating tariffs, report says.

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Global trade growing amid uncertainties
Container throughput is expected to gain momentum in Q1/2013, as countries ramp up their efforts to prevent an economic slowdown.

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