CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 22, 2016

Heavy rain may bring more pain for the U.S. supply chain

A new report from FM Global says that some regions of the United States will see increased incidents of extreme rainfall and urges supply chain managers to prepare.

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.

At Intel, supply chain makes sure it's "in the room where it happens"

Two new programs at Intel are getting supply chain experts directly involved in revenue-generating activities such as designing new products and meeting with customers.

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.

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.

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Beyond just containing inventory, smart parcels provide services such as location tracking and moisture control.

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Canadian retailers say keys to success are exports and omnichannel
An eBay survey shows that small and medium-sized businesses see challenges in low margins, tough competition, and currency exchange rates.

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Public opinion on drone delivery is mixed
A report by the U.S. Postal Service finds that older generations are less likely to be interested in receiving packages delivered by unmanned autonomous vehicles.

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Report: Hot growth in emerging markets could stall with traffic jams
Developing countries are slow to develop road networks capable of meeting rising demand for freight movement, says Research and Markets.

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Five strategies that make procurement more efficient and effective
By embracing technology and focusing on internal customers, world-class procurement organizations are able to reduce their operating costs and headcount, says a Hackett Group study.

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U.S. industrial property market to extend roll deep into 2018, firm says
JLL says demand for e-commerce fulfillment is just getting started.

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How supply chain organizations can help with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts
The American Logistics Aid Network is coordinating donations of warehouse space and transportation equipment and services in United States as well as Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba.

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At Intel, supply chain makes sure it's "in the room where it happens"
Two new programs at Intel are getting supply chain experts directly involved in revenue-generating activities such as designing new products and meeting with customers.

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Survey: online shoppers demand visibility as well as speed in delivery
More than 45 percent of shoppers have abandoned a retailer because of poor order transparency, 3PL says.

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Big data, analytics gaining traction, annual shipper-3PL survey concludes
The vast majority of survey respondents say the new discipline will have a significant impact on their supply chain.

CSCMP Notebook
More than 250 volunteers pitch in at Stop Hunger Now event at CSCMP Annual Conference
The second annual event not only served as a way for supply chain professionals to give back to community, but it also attracted millennials and helped to strengthen ties between business partners.

LINCS program provides good, low-cost source of entry-level employees and training
A government grant that provides low-cost supply chain training has been extended for six more months.

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.

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