CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Technology
January 23, 2017

Next-generation visibility: What will it take to get there?

Collaborative technology partnerships will play an important role in achieving greater supply chain visibility in the future

Dutch team pushes blockchain technology for logistics data

This US$2.3 million initiative would use the security protocol to protect supply chain records.

Educator to the world

Dr. Chris Caplice wants to make supply chain education freely available to anyone, anywhere. More than 150,000 people from 190 countries have taken him up on that offer so far.

Panel: Key to Internet of Things is handling data overload

Zebra expands tools for analyzing flood of sensor data.

Best-in-class retailers have greater supply chain visibility than peers

A survey by Aberdeen Group shows leading retailers not only possess better visibility of their in-transit shipments but also have a clearer view of supplier quality and manufacturing processes than their competitors.

How to create a supply chain center of excellence that <i>works</i>

A center of excellence (CoE) staffed by analytics experts can drive supply chain improvements across your organization. Here are six recommendations for ensuring a successful CoE initiative.

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.

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.

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.

"Uber for Trucking" name not an asset for companies, report contends

"Digital freight matching" services need to go well beyond that, says a report from Armstrong & Associates.

New CSCMP publication explains "blockchain" technology

The latest issue of <i>CSCMP Hot Topics</i> provides examples of how companies can use blockchains in their supply chain.

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.

Blurred lines: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES

As software vendors expand their products' functionality, it's getting harder to tell the different warehousing platforms apart. Here's what you need to know to make the right buying decision.

Warehouses are improving efficiencies with "Internet of Things," AT&T executive says

To justify the cost of expensive sensors and data networks, companies will need to understand where the data will provide a strong return on investment, the IOT expert said.

How secure is the data in your supply chain?

A survey of 320 IT professionals found that fewer than half are confident that their business partners are practicing good cybersecurity.

Cisco opens Houston innovation center to develop new supply chain technology

Company may market solutions to outside firms, executive says.

Worldwide spending on robotics to reach more than $135 billion in three years

Robotics spending in process manufacturing and health care are each forecast to nearly double by 2019, says a new report from IDC.

Information without borders

For companies with international supply chains, developing an information technology strategy that successfully balances global and local requirements is not easy. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

From Desert Storm to the retail store: Five technologies that are closing global supply chain gaps

Some of the most promising technologies for collecting, managing, and analyzing data got their start in the military or in private industry. Now that they're more widely available, both government and commercial supply chains are realizing the benefits.

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Procurement Priorities
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Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Carter's: A story of supply chain leadership
The children's apparel company Carter's has made significant improvements to its supply chain by leveraging scale while managing complexity.

Research for the Real World
Governance models for regional logistics hubs, and why they matter
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Next-generation visibility: What will it take to get there?
Collaborative technology partnerships will play an important role in achieving greater supply chain visibility in the future

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Now more than ever, manufacturing needs to guard against cybersecurity threats
A report from Deloitte and MAPI argues that the fast pace of technology implementation is making manufacturing particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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Mobile robot tracks inventory on store shelves
Data from Simbe's "Tally" robot could improve supply chain visibility for retailers and distribution centers.

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Attention, supply chain professionals: The world's problems cannot be solved without your help
Supply chain organizations should work with governments and nonprofit groups to feed the world, heal the sick, save the planet, and make money too, says a new report from the research group SCM World and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Holiday returns volumes reach new high, UPS says
The surge in e-commerce returns has pushed retailers and carriers to cut reverse logistics costs.

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New government report highlights best practices for improving U.S. port productivity
The U.S. Commerce Department has compiled suggestions for improving port operations, reducing disruptions, and improving competitiveness.

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Why blockchain is not just for banks
If global supply chains are to gain the full benefit of this technology for managing payments and related data, all parties that play a role in global trade must be involved.

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Luxembourg supply chain center appoints new director
Professor Benny Mantin will serve as director of the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a joint partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Luxembourg government.

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GE opens wallet to boost 3-D printing
The company now offers financing for businesses buying additive manufacturing machines.

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Toyota names winners of grants to study supply chain tech
The lift truck vendor selected projects on location-based data on forklift drivers, changing material handling system requirements, and Internet of Things.

CSCMP Notebook
2016 Rainmakers and Thought Leaders Reception and Dinner
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly and sister publication DC Velocity hosted their annual reception and dinner at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

MercuryGate renews conference partnership with CSCMP
Cloud-based transportation system provider will serve as the premier sponsor of CSCMP's 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.

CSCMP's redesigned Career Center offers expanded resources
CSCMP has updated its online Career Center to include reference-checking, resume-writing, and coaching services.

Food from CSCMP Stop Hunger Now event being used to support relief efforts in Haiti
The food packages assembled during the pre-conference volunteer event were part of a 175,000-pound shipment of food and medicine to nonprofits providing Hurricane Matthew relief.

CSCMP Educators Conference fosters collaboration between academia and business world
Opening remarks highlight how the conference has evolved to integrate more members of the supply chain community.

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