CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
February 28, 2017

From dreams to reality: How to turn innovative ideas into real-world applications

Supply chain innovation is not just a matter of coming up with great ideas; you also have to convert them to sustainable, practical applications. Following a disciplined process such as the one outlined in this article will result in less wasted effort and more frequent success.

C-suite crusader

Ann Drake is on a mission: to help qualified women—in supply chain management and beyond—move into the top ranks of business leadership.

University of Michigan revamps SCM program, debuts Supply Chain Consulting Studio

The Master's in Supply Chain Management program now places greater emphasis on data analytics and leadership skills.

Big ideas on campus

Time attending supply chain student events at your local college or university will be time well spent.

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.

Ann Drake takes to the airwaves

In a recent interview on the radio show "Marketplace," the DSC Logistics chairman and CEO talked about how more women can become business leaders and move up the corporate ladder.

Buying or selling an asset: How to prepare for the handoff

Early planning takes risk out of the transition from seller to buyer and sets the stage for a speedy close.

Industrial property market to continue multiyear roll in '17, JLL forecasts

Low interest rates, e-commerce demand to fuel growth, firm says.

Never stop learning

Business needs and practices are constantly changing, so we should all be "students" throughout our careers.

Demand rises for logistics and industrial space in the Americas

Vacancy rates have dropped in the United States and Mexico, while availability has increased in Brazil and parts of Canada.

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.

CSCMP's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources

CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

SCM World announces its award finalists

The consulting and analyst group created the awards to recognize supply chains that generated improvements for both their organizations and the larger world.

Don't overlook demographics

Changes in population can have a profound impact not only on long-term supply chain strategy but also on day-to-day operations.

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.

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.

Divesting an asset? How you can maximize its value and sale price

If your company is selling a product line, manufacturing plant, or business unit, there's a lot you can do to create value for the buyer and boost the sale price—if you get involved early in the process.

Demand management needs to incorporate more than just planning and fulfillment, says Gartner

To improve how they respond to and manage demand, companies must make sure that their forecasting, demand sensing and shaping, planning, and fulfillment capabilities are coordinated, according to a report from the analyst group.

On the rise

Although still relatively new to their careers, the recipients of this year's CSCMP Emerging Leader Award are already making an impact on the supply chain profession.

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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
Survey: hospitals call for supply chain improvements
Automation and analytics could deliver patient safety, avoid inventory outage, save healthcare workers' time.

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WTO ratifies trade facilitation pact; move seen as major boost to goods movement
Agreement is expected to have a greater impact than eliminating all existing tariffs, WTO director-general says.

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Forget customer service; controlling omnichannel costs is retailers' new top priority
The pressing need to handle omnichannel fulfillment profitably is reshaping retailers' supply chain strategies, according to preliminary results of the 2017 "State of the Retail Supply Chain" study.

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Honolulu, Dublin to pace growth in global industrial rents through 2019, report says
Industrial rents are expected to grow above trend worldwide in next three years, according to real estate services company CBRE.

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Report: global trade patterns impacted by e-commerce growth
In a recent survey, shippers named cybersecurity and changing trade regulations as their biggest e-commerce concerns.

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Hot growth predicted for cross-border e-commerce
A new DHL report predicts cross-border online retail will grow at twice the rate of domestic e-commerce through 2020.

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New index polls logistics managers to gauge U.S. economy's direction
Logistics Manager's Index seeks respondents for monthly poll measuring transportation, warehousing, and inventory activity.

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University of Michigan revamps SCM program, debuts Supply Chain Consulting Studio
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Global transport will find it hard to cut carbon emissions, report finds
Transportation carbon levels won't show improvement by 2050 without drastic changes, according to the International Transport Forum.

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Next-generation visibility: What will it take to get there?
Collaborative technology partnerships will play an important role in achieving greater supply chain visibility in the future.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP's Mentorship Program to accept new applicants in March
This popular program pairs students and young professionals with seasoned supply chain managers.

Who is your supply chain hero?
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

2016 Rainmakers and Thought Leaders Reception and Dinner
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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
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