CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 14, 2019

Current Issue: Quarter 3 2019

Riders on the storm

Logistics
Riders on the storm

The volatility in the transportation market may leave shippers feeling more than a little seasick. A recent industry report offers suggestions for how to make it through these tumultuous times.

Technology

5 questions about 5G

You've heard a lot of chatter about the new 5G cellular wireless network, but what does it mean for supply chain operations? Here are answers to five basic questions.
How to respond faster to changing customer needs
Strategy

How to respond faster to changing customer needs

This excerpt from the new book Customer-Driven Disruption explains four steps companies can take to react quickly to changing customer preferences and deliver their products or services with little to no disruptions.
A practical guide to managing unused assets
Finance

A practical guide to managing unused assets

Unused-asset write-offs are an unintended consequence of improvements to the supply chain. By following a defined, rule-based process, it is possible to improve internal reuse of unused assets and thereby lower the costs associated with write-offs and the purchase of new equipment.
Is blockchain perfect for the supply chain?
Technology

Is blockchain perfect for the supply chain?

At first blush, it seems like blockchain's distributed ledger technology could be the perfect solution to many of the supply chain's problems. But before companies can reap the benefits of this exciting new technology, they must be thoughtful about where to apply it and how to overcome a few key stumbling blocks.
Strategy

The master supply chain builder

Recently honored with CSCMP's prestigious Distinguished Service Award, Kathy Wengel—Johnson & Johnson's top supply chain executive—has dedicated her career to building diverse teams that create world-class supply chains.
Digital supply chain transformation: Taking the first step
Technology

Digital supply chain transformation: Taking the first step

While the benefits of digitizing the supply chain are obvious, getting there can be a challenge. Companies are often tempted to start by experimenting with cool new technology in hopes of achieving a scalable change in supply chain costs and service. Taking a structured, business impact-driven approach, however, leads to better, faster results.
Columns
Direct Connection

Keep an eye out for change

Today's supply chain professional needs to be able to route freight while also constantly scanning the horizon for future trends and developments.
Afterword

Should we listen to conventional wisdom?

Sometimes what we all thought to be true turns out to be wrong.
Perspective

No silver bullet

The complexity of today's supply chains underscores the need for good information to make the right decisions.
Reflections

What is going to come out of "the sausage factory"?

The federal government can do remarkable things. They are worried about supply chain integrity. Can we trust Congress to do the right thing?
Monetary Matters

Trade wars and tariffs: Understanding the risks to your supply chain

The U.S. tariffs on goods imported from China will have far-reaching effects beyond the two countries involved. Even seemingly not effected companies may need to reassess their sourcing strategies.
Forward Thinking

Consumers grow impatient with high shipping costs for oversized items

Most online shoppers will avoid retailers that charge high shipping costs and have long delivery windows, study finds.

Demand for fulfillment robots to soar

Global study predicts deployment of nearly 600,000 autonomous mobile robots for order fulfillment by 2023—excluding Amazon.

Analytics, green logistics rank high in 3PL study

24th Annual third-party-logistics study underscores demand for responsive, cost-effective, and greener supply chains.

Careful processes can generate profit from product returns, Geodis says

The key is matching the right method to the right product, from food to smartphones to toys, 3PL says in CSCMP Edge session.

How Walmart chooses which tech to implement in its supply chain

Walmart executive outlines the principles that guided three technology implementations.

Tapping into young talent

Being honest about expectations and building a culture of trust are key ways to attract and retain millennial workers.

Self-driving truck technology is outpacing legislation and regulation in many states, CSCMP panel says

Autonomous freight tech could be ready for highways by 2025, but rules and regs will slow its roll, experts say.

Developers building multi-story DCs for urban home delivery

Amazon effect drives demand for new breed of warehouse, Innovo and Prologis say at CSCMP Edge.

Report: Technology is transforming the logistics industry

Communication technology and integrated platforms top list of software investments that will yield the highest ROI for logistics operations.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report

Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.
Latest Video

ITA Presidents Forum offers global lift truck market insights
Every four years, the leaders of associated lift truck trade associations worldwide meet in the US to present and discuss trends in the global lift truck market, including representatives from Japan, China, the European Union and the United States.

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Forward Thinking
Port of Los Angeles forges cooperation agreement with Indonesia
Partners will share data, plan infrastructure development in pushback against uncertainty of tariff changes and USMCA treaty.

Forward Thinking
Federal grant gives a green light to TransMap project
Researchers at the University of Arkansas are creating a "visual decision space" that will help government and industry leaders better manage multi-modal transportation systems nationwide.

Forward Thinking
Takeoff Technologies expands grocery fulfillment deal with retailer Albertsons
Grocer to meet e-commerce demand with automated micro-fulfillment centers as rival food retailers Walmart, Krogers, Ahold Delhaize boost logistics spending.

Forward Thinking
Robotics growth goes mobile
Of the 8 million robots forecast to be shipped in 2030, nearly 6 million will be mobile, researcher says.

Forward Thinking
Industry praises efforts to move USMCA forward
Retailers, truckers hopeful as the renegotiated trade deal with Canada and Mexico moves ahead following lawmakers' compromise agreement this week.

Forward Thinking
Retail imports surge as December tariffs loom
November estimates are up 8% year-over-year as retailers frontload imports ahead of tariffs set to take effect this month, according to Global Port Tracker report.

Forward Thinking
Procurement gets smart, adds greater value over the next five years
Procurement organizations that fully optimize their technology architecture and embrace smart automation can realize productivity advantages of up to 68%, Hackett Group researchers say.

Forward Thinking
Report: global "connectedness" index dipped in 2018 under pressures of trade turmoil
DHL and NYU researchers say the slump could have been worse, as most economies stayed resilient, and the world is less globalized than many people think.

Forward Thinking
Report: logistics sector will rise to second place in use of collaborative robots by 2023
Applications led by material handling, assembly, and pick & place, Interact Analysis says.

Forward Thinking
Logistics economy expands in November
Slow pace of growth continues; industry professionals report positive outlook for 2020.

CSCMP Notebook
EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon
CSCMP's EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens on December 15.

Out with the old and in with the new
Instead of searching the website looking for materials, members can now access all of CSCMP's online learning materials via the E-Learning Hub.

The artificial intelligence revolution
CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.

2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.

2019 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Snap-on Tools and vendor FastFetch were honored for their use of artificial intelligence to slash shipping costs.

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