CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
February 23, 2018

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management

Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Five ways consumer packaged goods companies can respond to seismic changes in the supply chain

To respond to growth in e-commerce sales and increasing channel fragmentation, CPG companies must increase efficiencies and collaboration while also exploring new technologies, a new report recommends.

What it takes to innovate

Innovation happens when people are allowed to take risks and test new ideas. They have to be free to devote their energies to problem solving, too.

Online returns activity proves adage that bad things can happen to good products

Millions of online returns have "no fault found" attached to product, RLA says.

Looking for supply chain pioneers

CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Happy (or maybe not) New Year

The past two years tested supply chains' resiliency and ability to respond to unexpected challenges. Are you ready for 2018?

The power of saying "yes"

Taking advantage of opportunities to learn something new, even if it leads you into unfamiliar territory, can open up even more opportunities in the future, says Dr. Nancy Nix. Her own career attests to that.

On the same page

When Coca-Cola Parts and its 3PL couldn't agree on how to define "best-in-class" performance, they turned to a warehouse benchmarking study for guidance. The research helped them set goals that not only led to improvements in warehouse operations but also align with Coca-Cola's corporate strategy.

CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications

Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world

"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event

The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

The insight-driven supply chain: What's it all about?

Companies whose supply chains fully leverage insights from available data are gaining a measurable competitive advantage. Here's an overview of how to apply this strategy and the value it provides.

How process industries can improve supply chain performance

Process industries such as steelmaking and chemicals are increasingly focused on customer service, but their supply chain practices are designed for low-cost, efficient operations. To align with today's corporate strategies, they need to match their supply chains to the markets they serve while improving their demand forecasting capabilities.

The power of relationships

This year's Emerging Leader Award winners demonstrate that to succeed in supply chain management you need both technical expertise and "soft skills."

Unleashing your supply chain's potential through a bimodal approach

Gaining the full benefits of this valuable approach requires integrating two ways of thinking.

Opening session of CSCMP emphasizes the power of storytelling and saying "yes"

Keynote speaker Matthew Luhn and Distinguished Service Award winner Nancy Nix urged attendees to embrace opportunities to learn new skills that may be outside their comfort zone.

Amazon's customer-centric focus drives its innovation

Building customer loyalty and trust are front and center in Amazon's mission to continuously innovate every step in its supply chain.

Commentary: Five ways to ramp up supply chain sustainability

Taking the time to model and analyze both the supply chain costs and environmental impacts of key supply chain decisions can help you be both profitable and sustainable.

"Up close and personal" still matters

Online education has its place, but face-to-face communication provides greater value in many respects.

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Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

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Wanted: A viable all-water route from Asia to the U.S. Midwest
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Big Data Analytics—How does your supply chain stack up?
Don't miss your chance to take part in the second annual supply chain big data analytics global survey.

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Walmart modifies OTIF requirements, tests plan to automate delivery appointments
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Sea container imports expected to grow 4.9 percent in first half of 2018, NRF-Hackett report says
2017 imports finish 7.6 percent above previous year, but growth is expected to moderate in 2018.

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Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group
Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

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Five ways consumer packaged goods companies can respond to seismic changes in the supply chain
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BNSF joins blockchain group
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The biggest company you may not know all that much about
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Global air growth climbed 9 percent in 2017; best year since 2010, IATA says
Capacity rose by just 3 percent, creating rare "factor of three" ratio.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

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