CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
February 14, 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.

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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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Top-performing supply chains: Industrial packaging
When it comes to improving their supply chains, industrial packaging companies (for the most part) have stalled out, but a few companies are making headway.

Procurement Priorities
Cheaper oil has procurement rethinking strategies
With oil and other commodity prices lower than they have been in over a decade, procurement leaders are reassessing contracts with suppliers.
Forward Thinking
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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The evolution of procurement: From "backwater" to driving force
A prize-winning new book presents a tantalizing view of the future of procurement.

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Ten ways the manufacturing supply chain will transform itself in 2016 (and beyond)
The next 24 months will bring radical changes in manufacturers' supply chain strategies and operations, says analyst group IDC. The drivers: technologies such as cloud-based commerce networks, demand-sensing technology, and 3-D printing.

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Retailers turn to 3PLs for help in home delivery
Survey shows consumers expect free, fast shipping.

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Building resilience into the supply chain: interview with Yossi Sheffi
In his new book, The Power of Resilience, MIT professor Yossi Sheffi looks at how businesses can anticipate, prepare for, and respond to disruptive events.

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Global Trade and Container Flow Index: China slows down global trade
A slowdown in emerging markets was a drag on global GDP growth.

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Face-to-face with supply chain thought leaders
"Supply Chain Spotlight" video series features advice, challenges, and success stories from 18 top supply chain professionals.

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Report forecasts future shifts in global logistics hubs
Cities like Shanghai, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Rotterdam are major nexus points for global supply chains. Demographic, policy, and economic trends will allow other cities to join their ranks, according to the industrial real estate firm CBRE.

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Interconnected supply chains lead to rise in "business interruption" property claims, report says
BI-related claims much higher than typical property-damage claims, Allianz unit says.

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Survey shows progress in curing some of health care's supply chain pain
Three-fourths of all respondents to a UPS survey say they are successfully handling product security.

CSCMP Notebook
Seminar to explore European supply chain management issues
CSCMP is seeking submissions of research papers, work-in-progress papers, or discussion topics for its 11th annual European Research Seminar.

Who is your supply chain hero?
Nominations for CSCMP's 2016 Distinguished Service Award are now open; nominations are due by April 30.

CSCMP, college consortium work to bridge the supply chain skills gap
CSCMP is the industry sponsor and certifying body of the LINCS national supply chain management education and certification program.

Liquor Control Board of Ontario wins Supply Chain Innovation Award
Government agency is recognized for its innovative automated palletizing process, which uses optimization software, 3-D visualization, and simulation.

Hot Topic: Zero-based budgeting in the supply chain
CSCMP publication takes a fresh approach to funding supply chain information technology.

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