CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
July 26, 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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Stuck in neutral: Few supply chain organizations are driving value across their networks
Despite a lot of talk about collaboration, many companies continue to emphasize cost and efficiency at the expense of their suppliers.

Procurement Priorities
Why risk needs to be top of mind for procurement leaders
"Hoping that your luck holds out" is not a good strategy for managing risk in the supply chain, says a new report.
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Public-private partnerships are essential to improving humanitarian supply chains
A recent paper from the World Food Programme says that NGOs, governments, and the private sector need to form collaborative partnerships to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.

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IoT adoption rates continue to rise, survey shows
Eyefortransport research finds the majority of respondents are using Internet of Things technology to gather location information to improve customer service.

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Tech companies should do more to eliminate slavery, forced labor in their supply chains, report says
The watchdog group KnowTheChain says that information and communications technology companies have made public commitments to reduce their suppliers' use of forced labor, yet few have taken concrete action.

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Index identifies potential supply chain risk in 130 countries and territories
The FM Global Country Resilience Index can help companies design supply chains that are less vulnerable to disruption.

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Brexit to boost U.S. exports to Asia, depress activity to Britain and Europe, economist says
Ratajczak says Fed to remain on hold until dollar's appreciation slows.

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While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong
While overall U.S. job growth weakens, demand for supply chain managers remains strong

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Global awards program honors companies with innovative supply chains
SCM World is now seeking nominations for its annual Power of the Profession Awards, which recognize "breakthrough" supply chain initiatives and talent development programs.

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As Europe and the rest of the world reel from Britain's vote to leave EU, concern turns to "Nexit"
In the wake of the stunning outcome, transportation and logistics providers pledge continuity.

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Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Economic uncertainties remain amid weak global demand
Economic growth is starting to stabilize, but weak global demand continues to create uncertainty.

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"State of Logistics Report" says end of cheap inventory financing will create supply chain challenges
Inventory carrying costs in 2015 rose 5.1 percent over the year-earlier period, according to the report.

CSCMP Notebook
New CSCMP publication explains "blockchain" technology
The latest issue of CSCMP Hot Topics provides examples of how companies can use blockchains in their supply chain.

CSCMP recognizes three young supply chain professionals as "rising stars"
The organization's Emerging Leader Award honors outstanding supply chain and logistics management professionals under the age of 30.

CSCMP names nominees for board of directors
Mary Long, vice president of logistics and network planning for Domino's Pizza, will become the 53rd chair. Long currently holds the position of chair-elect.

Caplice chosen to receive annual Distinguished Service Award from CSCMP
The MIT professor is being recognized for his research as well as for his innovations in supply chain education, particularly through online learning.

CSCMP State of Logistics Report to be released next week
Results from the report will be presented by consulting company A.T. Kearney.

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