CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 16, 2019

Current Issue: Quarter 2 2019

Is demand planning ready for AI?

Technology
Is demand planning ready for AI?

Many companies are excited about the possibility that artificial intelligence could improve the accuracy of their demand plans. However, there are several significant hurdles that they must overcome first.

Strategy

High-flying bird: interview with Keller Rinaudo

While many question whether drone deliveries will ever happen in the developed world, Keller Rinaudo is already using autonomous aircraft to deliver medical supplies to remote locations in Africa.
Preparing for the fumble
Strategy

Preparing for the fumble

Just as every team fumbles the ball sometimes, every supply chain gets disrupted at one point or another. The trick is to be prepared beforehand so that you know how to respond. This preparation will not only help you get back up and running faster but may also lead to a competitive advantage.
The top 10 supply chain risks of 2019
Strategy

The top 10 supply chain risks of 2019

Modern supply chains are more complex and global than ever before. But that also leaves them open to a wider variety of risks and disruptions. Here are ten risks to track for the coming year.
Which emerging technologies will help you meet your supply chain challenges?
Technology

Which emerging technologies will help you meet your supply chain challenges?

The number of supply chain technologies keeps proliferating. But which ones should companies invest in now, and which ones are not yet ready for prime time?
The most important supply chain software that you don't know much about
Technology

The most important supply chain software that you don't know much about

Distributed order management systems have been around since the 1990s and have proven to be essential for conducting omnichannel fulfillment. But many supply chain managers still do not know the full range of applications that the software can provide.
Columns
Monetary Matters

What's the road ahead for trucking?

A study by IHS Markit indicates that trucking will see an increase in demand and a shift toward alternative fuels and new technology.
Perspective

Farewell, Big K

The demise of my local retailer has me pondering: What went wrong?
Direct Connection

The future of managing inventory flow

With the rise of e-commerce, CSCMP seeks to help companies and supply chain professionals find solutions to their inventory management challenges, especially in urban areas.
Reflections

What's over the horizon?

Instead of reacting to supply chain risks as they come, organizations should have an integrated anticipatory process.
Afterword

Can it get any hotter?

Retail remains a white-hot sector in logistics, and it's still heating up.
Forward Thinking

Trade experts counsel measured response to China tariffs

Warning there may be more pain ahead, speakers at an international trade conference offered do's and don'ts for mitigating the impact of higher tariffs on Chinese goods.

Survey finds trade, tariffs still top business concern

Small and mid-sized businesses are expanding their international reach to offset impact of China tariffs, DHL Express report shows.

Digital transformation highlights talent crunch

Procurement organizations must transform and "reskill" existing staff to meet the demands of a digital business services environment, study says.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

How customer experience is driving supply chain innovation

CSCMP's Hot Topic publication explores why innovation and customer experience are key factors for all businesses.
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP's annual conference is looking toward the future

CSCMP EDGE Conference and Exhibition will be held in Anaheim, California September 15 - 18.
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Forward Thinking
DHL Supply Chain to expand U.S. pharmaceutical, medical device distribution network
Contract logistics firm will invest $150 million to open nine new facilities, enhance technology, and expand existing operations in the U.S., company says.

Forward Thinking
Hackett Group names 2019 Digital Award winners
Consulting firm honors companies on the cutting edge of smart automation, robotic process automation, cognitive computing, and analytics.

Forward Thinking
Imports soar at nation's ports amid peak shipping prep, trade wars
Port of Los Angeles and Port of Virginia both report record monthly volumes for May.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Leading supply chain change by "logrolling"
Supply chain managers are often called upon to lead major change initiatives. Instead of shouting for change from the rooftops, "logrolling," or working quietly behind the scenes to build support by trading votes, is often faster and more effective.

Forward Thinking
Survey: Millennials demand faster, more customer-focused services for industrial buying
Young, tech-savvy customers want quick delivery, post-sales support, UPS says.

Forward Thinking
Digitalization in procurement to accelerate in 2019
Survey shows 84 percent of CPOs consider digitalization important for improving procurement performance.

Forward Thinking
Report: Autonomous supply chains on the way
Half of executives surveyed say they expect fully automated supply chains by 2025, EY Americas study shows.

Forward Thinking
Logistics industry growth slows in May
Logistics Manager's Index remains in growth territory but hits all-time low, researchers say.

Forward Thinking
Maritime industry faces obstacles to efficiency, productivity
Ocean carriers, ports, and drayage truckers are confronting challenges that will ultimately affect shippers, according to speakers at a recent trade and transportation conference.

Forward Thinking
Online grocery boom sparks cold storage land rush
CBRE says sector could grow by 50 percent over next five years.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP looks to give military veterans the EDGE
Veterans interested in a career in logistics and supply chain management can apply until June 1 for free CSCMP benefits.

CSCMP to unveil 30th Annual State of Logistics Report in June
This year's report will be released June 18, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

NASSTRAC spring meeting to focus on federal regulations and legislation
In addition to a full day of educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders and discuss topics affecting transportation.

CSCMP's annual conference is looking toward the future
CSCMP EDGE Conference and Exhibition will be held in Anaheim, California September 15 - 18.

How customer experience is driving supply chain innovation
CSCMP's Hot Topic publication explores why innovation and customer experience are key factors for all businesses.

CSCMP