CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
September 03, 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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The high cost of not caring
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Forward Thinking
Digital technology in the supply chain: Still in its infancy
Even companies with strong connections to complex technology, such as aerospace and defense, are still in the initial stages of implementing analytics, wearables, and the industrial Internet of Things, according to a report by Accenture.

Forward Thinking
Interest in nearshoring remains strong, but trend may be slowing
Many executives are attracted to the potential cost savings of moving production closer to the end market. But concerns about safety, security, and the availability of skilled labor in these locations are giving some pause.

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Supply chain's youth problem
A Brookings Institution report suggests that distribution and logistics companies need to do a better job of bringing young people into the industry.

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Most manufacturers are using the Internet of Things to improve operations
Despite cost concerns, a vast majority of manufacturers are investing in the technology required to create a network of connected objects and devices, according to the results of a Zebra Technologies survey.

Forward Thinking
Robert Martichenko to receive CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CEO of LeanCor Supply Chain Group recognized for contributions to the supply chain profession.

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To fulfill increasing customer demands, go small
A "micrologistics" approach will allow companies to fulfill the needs of omnichannel retailing and customers' desire for next-day delivery, says a report from IDC.

Forward Thinking
New lab focuses on research at the "Internet edge"
Arizona State University's new Internet-Edge Supply Chain Management Lab studies how the Internet and mobile technology are transforming the supply chain.

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A leap forward in 3-D printing?
A new technology might finally make additive manufacturing faster and cheaper.

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Dialogue: A conversation with an industry leader
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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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