CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
May 01, 2016

Seven technology trends shaping the future of material handling

Many of the disruptive technologies that are changing our society are making their way into warehouses and distribution centers. What are they, and how will they influence the way products move through the supply chain?

The big question: Can you do more with less?

BRG Sports wondered whether reducing its number of distribution centers would let it cut costs but still improve customer service. The company conducted a software analysis to find out.

How supply chain management can help to control health-care costs

Faced with unrelenting pressure to rein in costs, medical-device manufacturers should look to their supply chains for savings.

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.

How business intelligence can improve strategic sourcing

Applying business intelligence (BI) solutions to procurement resolves traditional customer/supplier conflicts and provides a wealth of benefits to both parties. A longtime supply chain executive explains how it works.

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.

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.

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.

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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Contract manufacturing
Analysis suggests that the contract manufacturing model is failing to produce supply chain efficiencies and resiliency in the high-tech industry.

Procurement Priorities
Now's the time to manage "tail spend"
By managing their companies' smaller, low-dollar purchases, procurement leaders can better achieve their larger, strategic priorities.
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Industrial recession? Yes and no.
Industrial production weakness in the United States has led to increased talk of a recession, but a deeper examination shows that this weakness is highly concentrated in energy and globally exposed sectors.

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Persistently high inventory levels make things tough for retailers, truckers
January's inventory-to-sales ratio nears seven-year high, dampening demand for orders, trucking services.

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With e-commerce returns on the upswing, pressure may build on DC demand
Can businesses optimize their existing networks, or will they need to go outside for their requirements?

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Cisco opens Houston innovation center to develop new supply chain technology
Company may market solutions to outside firms, executive says.

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When "moneyball" meets procurement
The global logistics conglomerate Maersk Group analyzes data from its online auctions to identify sourcing strategies.

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CPOs lack faith in their staff, survey finds
A Deloitte survey of chief procurement officers found that the majority of CPOs are not confident in their teams' ability to deliver on their procurement strategy. Many are relying on technology to fill the gap.

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Increase in warehouse, DC labor costs has ripple effect on rental rates, CBRE study finds
A dollar-an-hour wage increase is equal to a 37-percent jump in industrial rents, says a recent study.

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Reverse logistics could spark surge in warehouse, DC demand, CBRE report says
Space will be needed to support returns that current facilities can't handle, firm says.

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Worldwide spending on robotics to reach more than $135 billion in three years
Robotics spending in process manufacturing and health care are each forecast to nearly double by 2019, says a new report from IDC.

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Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Global economy in a holding pattern
Gains in mature economies have not been significant enough to offset losses in emerging countries.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP announces general session speakers for annual conference
An astronaut who spent a year in space, a digital technology guru from GE, and a drummer all hope to inspire attendees at the CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando.

CSCMP's New York City Roundtable to host session on managing security disruptions
How would your supply chain respond to a "dirty bomb" attack? Test your decision-making skills at a May 17 tabletop exercise run by CSCMP's New York City Roundtable and the Metropolitan Resilience Network.

CSCMP Spain's Supply Chain Leadership Forum 2016 focuses on customer-driven supply chains
The fourth annual event, to be held May 19 in Barcelona, features internationally renowned speakers from Europe, Asia, and the U.S.

CSCMP chairman's commentary: Supply chains, careers, and the value of what we do
Supply chains—and supply chain managers—make the world a better place, playing an essential (but often unheralded) role in enabling economic success.

Supply chain simulation game provides unique education and networking opportunities
In CSCMP's Roundtable Global Challenge, teams from around the world battle it out to create the best-run supply chain for a fictional juice company.

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