CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 20, 2019

Current Issue: Quarter 4 2018

Urban fulfillment: The battle for city shoppers

Logistics
Urban fulfillment: The battle for city shoppers

More and more people—especially young people—are moving into cities. To reach this increasingly important market segment, retailers need to find a profitable and efficient way to do urban fulfillment.

Adding new tiles to the omnichannel mosaic
Strategy

Adding new tiles to the omnichannel mosaic

As retailers continue to expand their omnichannel service offerings, they're increasingly turning to a traditionally underused resource: the brick-and-mortar store.
How JJMDC helped Intermountain Healthcare streamline supply chain operations
Logistics

How JJMDC helped Intermountain Healthcare streamline supply chain operations

When Intermountain Healthcare had problems with stockouts for crucial surgical supplies, it turned to its supplier, the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC), for help. JJMDC deployed a specialized supply chain team to help the health system diagnose what the problem was and discover a solution.
How SKF uses a supply chain twin to enable integrated planning
Strategy

How SKF uses a supply chain twin to enable integrated planning

The threat of disruption and a range of market forces drove global bearings manufacturer SKF to think differently about managing its global supply chain. Building a "digital supply chain twin" allowed the company to globalize and automate planning and "futureproof" the business.
Delivering on
Logistics

Delivering on "direct to consumer" in the CPG industry

Selling direct to the consumer poses an attractive option for consumer product goods (CPG) companies looking to grow sales. But do the benefits outweigh the risks and challenges?
Strategy

Supply Chain: The next generation

The winners of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Award demonstrate that the future of supply chain management is in capable hands.
Columns
Perspective

Commentary: A suggestion for congestion

Congestion wastes time, fuel, and productivity. There must be a better way to manage our infrastructure.
Afterword

Commentary: Fritos, aluminum, and unintended consequences

While companies continue to focus their attention on blockchain and the Amazon effect, Trump's tariffs stand to pose a real threat to global supply chains.
Monetary Matters

Crisis managed: What's next for global monetary policy?

As the global economy strengthens, central banks must decide whether to ease back on policies that encourage growth and, if so, how.
Direct Connection

United we stand

The partnership between CSCMP and NASSTRAC promises to strengthen ties between the transportation industry and supply chain management professionals.
Forward Thinking

Book: logistics firms must look past blockchain hype to see its potential

Applications like cryptocurrencies and ICOs create confusion about the technology, economist Jason Schenker says.

Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices

Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

Amazon opens pop-up parcel delivery site in flooded Wilmington, N.C.

Retailer aids in Hurricane Florence recovery by handling packages in a van parked at a local Whole Foods Market location, Amazon says.

The quiet case for RFID

New research says that radio frequency identification tags can help companies achieve greater order accuracy than bar-code scanning.

JD.com unveils plans to study underground urban fulfillment network

Chinese e-commerce giant launches "Urban Smart Logistics Institute" at Beijing supply chain summit.

Retailers set to ban "serial returners," survey finds

Following Amazon's lead—and as a way to curb the high costs associated with reverse logistics processes—two-thirds of retailers say they would stop doing business with problem shoppers, ERP provider says.

The cost of a failed delivery continues to rise, survey shows

84 percent of shoppers are unlikely to return to a retailer after just one negative experience, Convey, Inc.'s third annual consumer expectations survey finds.

Wanted: The Billy Beane of freight

The data produced by trucks' electronic logging devices could change the way that people manage transportation and logistics operations.

AI: The future is now

A recent survey shows that a third of U.S. workers are already interacting with artificial intelligence (AI) as a regular part of their job.

Talent shortage to hit manufacturing hard

As many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next 10 years due to widening skills gap, study shows.

Supply chain disruptions hit record high

Disruptive events accelerate in first half of 2018, with North America leading the way as most-affected region, company report shows.
Departments
Research for the Real World

What is intuition's role in the supply chain?

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
CSCMP Notebook

2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame nominations are open

Industry professionals have until February 1, 2019 to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces

Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.
CSCMP Notebook

Distinguished Service Award nominations open

CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.
Latest Video

The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
Richie Etwaru, founder and CEO at Hu-manity.co, which classifies human data as human property, joins us from the MHI Fall 2018 Conference, where he delivered a keynote on blockchain applications and its promise for the future of supply chains.

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Forward Thinking
DHL Supply Chain addresses talent gap
Contract logistics firm improves hiring and retention of warehouse workers with automation, focused recruiting, company says.

Forward Thinking
UPS launches Saturday pickup service for U.S exporters
Customers can schedule Saturday pickup for delivery as early as Monday in 57 international markets, company says.

Forward Thinking
Survey: consumers demand same-day delivery, but don't want to pay for it
Capgemini study finds retailers will need to cover their costs with increased  automation, white glove services.

Forward Thinking
Automotive supply chain braces for change
USMCA will yield long-term gains, but short-term cost increases will shift supply chain landscape, company survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Logistics provider lists top supply chain trends for 2019
Robotics, digital transportation solutions are among the key trends that will shape the supply chain landscape this year, DHL leaders say.

Forward Thinking
Retailers throttle back imports after rush to beat China tariffs, holiday peak
NRF, Hackett report forecasts declining volumes as stores have already stocked up on spring merchandise.

Forward Thinking
JD.com says its fulfillment technology will support "boundaryless" shopping for other retailers
China's biggest retailer brings "retail as a service" model to CES trade show.

Forward Thinking
Slowing economy spells pause for industrial real estate market
But savvy developers will pursue inland port opportunities and growing demand for urban fulfillment centers, new research shows.

Forward Thinking
Trade and tariffs top list of U.S. supply chain issues in 2019
Industry experts are keeping an eye on trade following signing of USMCA, 90-day tariff pause.

Forward Thinking
Has the Panama Canal expansion changed anything?
It's been more than two years since the expanded Panama Canal opened for business. But it may still be too early to assess its impact.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces
Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame nominations are open
Industry professionals have until February 1, 2019 to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

The age of transparency
CSCMP publication takes a look at how supply chains can become more transparent to meet consumers' evolving needs.

ALAN presents Humanitarian Logistics Awards to supporters of disaster relief efforts
The nonprofit organization recognized long-time humanitarian Alison Thompson and five logistics organizations during the CSCMP EDGE Conference.

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