CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
March 29, 2015

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.

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.

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In developing countries, a little creative thinking goes a long way
Tailoring supply chain practices to unique local conditions and culture can have a big impact on residents' quality of life.
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Top-performing supply chains: Consumer packaged goods
Product complexity appears to be holding back performance improvement
Forward Thinking
Study: Logistics and transportation jobs could be in peril
Automation is likely to eliminate many transportation and warehousing jobs, predicts an academic study conducted by Oxford University researchers.

Forward Thinking
MIT seeks practitioner input to new online supply chain education program
SCMx, described as a "virtual classroom," is under development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Transportation and Logistics, expected to launch in 2014

Forward Thinking
Consumer packaged goods giants launch collaborative rail intermodal service in Europe
The goal of a pilot program conducted by Colgate-Palmolive Co., Mondelez International Inc., and Nestlé S.A. is to substantially cut CO2 emissions.

Forward Thinking
New book examines the state of logistics in China
A new publication from the Logistics Center at Nankai University outlines the current state of China's transportation infrastructure and logistics industry and considers future developments.

Forward Thinking
High-tech interest in nearshoring grows, but some skepticism remains
Although the number of companies considering relocating their manufacturing facilities closer to consumers has increased, three out of four still plan to stay where they are, a UPS survey finds.

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Study: Global manufacturers need more flexibility
A new report from Accenture says that manufacturers worldwide plan to invest in people, processes, and technology that will allow them to change their production facilities and product mix.

Forward Thinking
U.S. retail supply chains still struggle to meet holiday demand
More than 80 percent find it challenging to plan capacity to meet peak requirements, according to the results of a Capgemini survey.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index
China, the United States, and Germany drove modest global economic growth in Q3

Departments
Dialogue: A conversation with an industry leader
Intermountain man
At Intermountain Healthcare, Brent Johnson oversees a remarkably wide range of activities—everything from warehousing and transportation to sustainability and laundry services. Bringing all that and more under the supply chain umbrella, he says, leads to better service at lower cost.

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