CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
September 27, 2016

Beyond the bottom line

If you dig up significant cost savings, why not use some of that windfall for a good cause?

Not your typical "tree hugger"

Instead of seeing businesses as foes of the environment, Jason Mathers of the Environmental Defense Fund believes that they—and their supply chain organizations—are natural allies in the fight against climate change.

2016 Annual Conference takes an in-depth look at top supply chain trends

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.

Unilever ranks highest in Gartner's 2016 Supply Chain Top 25

The research firm added a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) scoring component to its annual rankings of supply chain leadership.

26 ways to get sales on board with demand planning

Sales organizations play a critical role in demand planning, yet they often resist full participation in that process. Here's why that happens, along with more than two dozen ideas for helping sales teams be more engaged.

A simple framework for managing projects

Too many supply chain initiatives fail to achieve the desired outcomes because they lack a structured project methodology. Implementing even a basic, straightforward method, such as the one described in this article, can greatly improve your chances of success.

Fraud detection do's and don'ts

Supply chains are frequent targets of fraud. How can you figure out whether something's wrong—and if it is, what should you do (or not do) about it?

How retailers are getting ready for an omnichannel world

Traditional retailers are focusing on four priorities—two strategic, two tactical—to help them survive and thrive in an industry that is experiencing long-term disruption.

Health-care industry continues to struggle with managing inventory

Hospitals could significantly cut costs by using technology to improve supply chain visibility, says a report from Cardinal Health.

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Perspective
Onward and upward ... until you hit a barrier
A new report from AWESOME (Achieving Women's Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) suggests that companies would benefit on several levels by promoting women into top supply chain positions, yet barriers to advancement remain.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
What we can learn from the 2016 Supply Chains to Admire study
A data-intensive annual study conducted by Supply Chain Insights provides industry-specific supply chain benchmarks and identifies three practices that can enhance company value.

Procurement Priorities
Indirect spending worthy of direct attention
If your procurement organization isn't managing your indirect spend, then you're missing out on a significant source of cost savings.
Forward Thinking
Modeling the impact of Brexit on the supply chain
Companies are facing a lot of uncertainty as they wait to see how the U.K.'s vote to exit the European Union will affect trade agreements. Scenario planning, however, can help them better prepare for all possibilities.

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UPS to hire 95,000 seasonal workers to handle peak volumes
Seasonal staffing to remain constant for third straight year.

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Drones in the supply chain: more than just last-mile delivery
Amazon and Google's efforts to use drones to deliver small packages may get all the press, but the case for using drones is actually stronger further upstream in the supply chain, says one expert.

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3PLs still struggle with an IT image problem
While third-party logistics providers continue to invest in advanced technology, customers still do not see them as innovators, according to a recent survey.

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Does supply chain have a mobile problem?
A recent survey finds that mobile apps and websites fall short of meeting the needs of most supply chain decision makers.

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Blackstone's investment in JDA sends a "no sale" signal to Honeywell and any other suitors
An infusion of $570 million will likely keep JDA under current parent company New Mountain's umbrella.

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Supply chain profile: Daniel Myers
A veteran exec answers seven questions about lessons learned from his career at Mondelēz and changes in the profession.

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To thrive in the future, manufacturing will have to get "smarter"
To respond to demand more quickly, manufacturers will need to incorporate big data, advanced analytics, and other technologies into their operations, according to a white paper from UPS.

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Why should you become involved in the humanitarian supply chain?
In addition to the satisfaction and pride of being a good citizen, companies that participate in relief efforts can improve their own supply chain resiliency and discover new commercial opportunities.

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Customs officials discuss progress on trade enforcement, security, and facilitation in Boston
ACS "shut-off," staffing shortages, cooperation with Mexico, and North American version of the Single Window are among many topics under discussion.

CSCMP Notebook
China conference explored "supply chain management plus"
The Seventh China Conference in Chengdu organized by CSCMP and CDI addressed key trends shaping the country's role in the global supply chain.

CSCMP announces second year of its global supply chain simulation competition
The Roundtable Global Challenge is designed to provide an interactive education event that encourages cross-generational learning.

A message from CSCMP's CEO
This year's annual conference will help supply chain professionals better understand the disruptive forces that are shaking up the industry.

CSCMP Annual Conference will cover the supply chain from end to end
The three-and-a-half day event offers more than 30 hours of educational sessions.

CSCMP creates Supply Chain Hall of Fame
Inaugural inductees include J.B. Hunt, Henry Ford, and Malcom McLean.

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