CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 21, 2020

Current Issue: Quarter 4 2019

Three best practices for transitioning to a circular economy

Strategy
Three best practices for transitioning to a circular economy

As companies invest in more sustainable practices, many are moving away from the traditional "take-make-dispose" linear economy and moving towards a more circular one. This model keeps materials within the economy as long as possible. To successfully transition to a more circular economy, companies must change how they design and create products, how they relate to their customers, and how they interact with other companies.

Strategy

Six tips for attracting (and keeping) distribution labor

Facing low unemployment rates, retailers are having to get creative to recruit and retain distribution center employees, says the upcoming State of Retail Supply Chain study.
Strategy

An appetite for challenges

Craig Weiss of Conagra Brands was drawn to logistics by the promise of lots of problems to solve. It's safe to say he hasn't been disappointed.
Strategy

The automotive industry's journey toward the autonomous supply chain

You have heard of self-driving cars, but what about self-driving supply chains? Although both concepts may still seem like a pipe dream, automotive companies like Mercedes-Benz USA have already started their journey toward the autonomous supply chain.
Strategy

SKU rationalization: Finding the right balance between too many and too few

As customers' thirst for variety and customization rises, companies have responded by adding more and more stock keeping units (SKUs). But, how do you decide when "more" has become "too many"?
Logistics

Bracing for changing seas

The maritime industry could see some major changes this upcoming year. IMO 2020, which governs ship emissions, will require significant investments in new fuel and/or technology. Meanwhile port expansion and upgrade efforts continue to boom across the United States.
Columns
Perspective

Customer service starts from within

Creating a culture of good service within your organization might seem tough these days due to the lack of available talent. Companies need to start by finding a way to engage workers in their work.
Direct Connection

Navigating the generational divide

Millennials now make up half the workforce. It's important to learn what makes these diverse professionals tick, what motivates them, and how to attract and keep them.
Afterword

Be present

There's no doubt that today's digital tools have enhanced our capabilities to do business. But they haven't replaced the value of being there.
Monetary Matters

Warning: Weak economy ahead

IHS Markit forecasts slower growth in 2020 for the industrial sector, which will negatively affect U.S. freight growth.
Forward Thinking

Six tips for attracting (and keeping) distribution labor

Facing low unemployment rates, retailers are having to get creative to recruit and retain distribution center employees, says the upcoming State of Retail Supply Chain study.

Report: Strong supply chains blend technology and humanity

The supply chain of the future requires a 60/40 blend of technology and human expertise, Coyote Logistics survey shows.

Digital transformation simmers in supply chain planning circles

Study finds most companies are still formulating and gaining support for a digital strategy, with fear of change and data challenges as leading roadblocks.

Retailers look to 5G, AR for competitive edge in 2020

Nielsen study says smart supply chains need to anticipate consumers' demands.

82% of small businesses say global trade drives economic growth

Participating in international trade helps improve the economy and create American jobs, FedEx survey of U.S. small-businesses shows.

Report: Consumers prefer to shop locally

Survey finds that most consumers would bypass Amazon for local retailers if they could get same-day delivery—even if they had to pay for it.

Leaving China to avoid tariffs? Look before you leap

The costs and complexity of shifting sourcing to another country can potentially outweigh any tariff savings, said speakers at a recent trade and transportation conference.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

The artificial intelligence revolution

CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.
CSCMP Notebook

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.
CSCMP Notebook

EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon

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

Distinguished Service Award nominations open

CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.
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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
Demand for industrial space remains strong
Market need for new industrial construction eases concerns of oversupply, CBRE report shows.

Forward Thinking
Report: Trucks remain prime target of cargo thieves worldwide
Cargo in transit by road remains the dominant risk; theft from trucks parked in unsecured lots average 8 per day globally.

Forward Thinking
Security, digital capabilities are ripe for disruption
Study highlights the changing nature of supply chain disruption and companies' need to broaden their perspective on business risks.

Forward Thinking
Containers back up on Chinese docks as coronavirus triggers closures
Ripple effects now seen in U.S. supply chain as agriculture trade group asks ocean carriers to skip penalty fees for delays.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Six best practices for new product introduction
The new product introduction process has not changed very much over the years. Here are six ways to make it more strategic, collaborative, and digital.

Forward Thinking
Coronavirus could crimp U.S. retail sales for February, study warns
Production expected to fall as Chinese government extends factory shutdowns beyond Lunar New Year, NRF says.

Forward Thinking
Procurement to focus on analytics in 2020
Better analytics will help procurement departments become more cost efficient, deliver value in new ways, study finds.

Forward Thinking
LMI up slightly in January
Logistics industry continues path of slow, sustained growth, according to latest Logistics Manager's Index report.

Forward Thinking
Business continues to brace for impact of coronavirus
Supply chain disruptions could last three to six months, experts say.

Forward Thinking
Industry optimism improves as trade tensions ease
USMCA approval in Washington lessens uncertainty over trade, boosts outlook for industrial investment and export growth.

CSCMP Notebook
How innovative is your supply chain?
The submission deadline for CSCMP's Supply Chain Innovation Award is March 15, 2020.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC offer new on-site training programs
Sessions will focus on supply chain fundamentals, leadership, strategy, and risk management.

Do you know a rising young supply chain leader?
The nominations period for CSCMP's Emerging Leader Award closes February 14, 2020.

How sharing trusted data can unite the retail supply chain
Susan Pichoff of GS1 discusses a research study at Auburn University that's exploring how RFID, GS1 Standards, and blockchain can help overcome challenges in the supply chain industry.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.

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