CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
May 19, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2007

Lean to a fault?

Logistics
Lean to a fault?

Companies that focus heavily on lean practices may not have enough extra resources in their supply chains to support radical innovation.

Logistics

When "insourcing" is the right choice

Why abandon your 3PL partner when it is performing well? Apparel maker Joseph Abboud brought distribution in-house to make its operations leaner.

"Should Cost"—From Spreadsheets To Science

When companies purchase parts or components, historically they have comparison-shopped to find the lowest-cost supplier. But forward-thinking companies are now applying the concept of "should costing" to procurement instead. In essence, they analyze what a product should cost to determine what they ought to pay for it. The emergence of should-cost systems is paving the way for companies to perform true-cost analyses of suppliers' parts.
Global

Weaving 2 supply chains together

After Procter & Gamble bought Gillette, it faced the daunting task of managing the largest supply chain integration in consumer products history. Here's how P&G did it.
Global

Why multilayered distribution works best in Europe

Companies looking for higher customer service levels and lower logistics costs in Europe are designing distribution networks with a central warehouse backed up by satellite facilities in major markets.
Procurement

Inspire your suppliers

Want your suppliers to rally around your corporate goals? Scorecarding can help you shift their focus from the tactical to the strategic.
Logistics

Thinking outside the (warehouse) box

Nontraditional warehouses are helping companies restructure their supply chains to meet the changing needs of their customers.
Columns
Afterword

Supply Chain 2.0

Together with the dot-com revolution, supply chain management has transformed business as we know it.
Career Ladder

Is your grass the greenest? 10 ways to keep employees happy

As the forces of globalism and the proliferation of technology relentlessly level the proverbial playing field, it's safe to say that the men and women who manage your supply chain are everything.
Direct Connection

World-class education on a global scale

The instantaneous way in which we move information around the globe is a critical component of today's rapid-fire business environment.
Perspective

Does outsourcing add value?

In some cases, companies are finding that it may actually be more cost-effective to bring outsourced jobs back in-house.
Monetary Matters

Asian trade, investment could boost Africa's fortunes

Soaring demand for Africa's raw materials, coupled with rising global commodity prices, have raised its international stature.
Forward Thinking

How big is your carbon footprint? The U.K. wants to know

Do supply chains contribute to global warming? Consumers in the United Kingdom are starting to learn the answer to that question.

Dissecting the sushi supply chain

Whether you're a raw-fish fan or not, it's gratifying any time the general public gets an idea of what logistics and supply chain management are all about.

Scientific American tackles food supply chain safety

Companies should insist that food suppliers impose strict standards and even send inspectors overseas to verify compliance with quality standards for imported food products, writes Mark Fischetti.

Outsourcing complexity gives rise to "multisourcing"

The "group" approach to outsourcing seems to be gaining favor over the traditional use of a single third-party provider.

Successful mergers depend on strong integration plans

Based on a survey of 86 executives involved in mergers and acquisitions, researchers concluded that many companies have begun to formalize the way they manage business integrations.

Strategies for filling the retirement gap

Studies show that companies could lose more than half of their senior managers in the next three years to retirement. Yet many CEOs and senior leaders may be unprepared to deal with that possibility.

New software category focuses on coordination

Supply chain coordination software will become more important in the near future, according to a report from the research firm Frost and Sullivan.

Who runs the world's best supply chain?

Nokia, the Finnish company best known for its mobile telephones, ranked first on AMR Research's 2007 list of the top 25 supply chains.

Michigan State ranks first in supply chain articles

A study conducted by Soonhong Min of The University of Oklahoma has found that academics from Michigan State University had more articles published in leading supply chain journals from 2000 through 2006 than those from any other university.
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Forward Thinking
Colgate-Palmolive claims top spot in Gartner 'top 25' ranking
Company rises from fourth place in 2018 thanks to financial performance, aligned organization, corporate social responsibility.

Forward Thinking
Logistics providers wary of 2019 hurricane season
Companies apply lessons learned from painful storms in past years.

Forward Thinking
AI leads the way in supply chain technology, survey shows
Real-time visibility is the top supply chain priority in 2019, driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, JDA/KPMG survey reveals.

Forward Thinking
Gartner: Before you dive into digital, be sure you have a strong foundation
Keynote presenters at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference dream of a future where the digital and physical supply chains are combined, but caution that most companies are not there yet.

Forward Thinking
Descartes Systems Group acquires Core Transport Technologies
Deal strengthens software company's mail, parcel, and cargo tracking solutions footprint and boosts global e-commerce capabilities, company says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Four steps to becoming a "shipper of choice"
With high demand, tight capacity, and a continuing shortage of drivers, trucking companies can afford to be choosy about which loads they take. Here's how to make yours more appealing.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain tasks weigh heavy in healthcare, survey shows
Clinicians and supply chain managers say supply chain-related tasks are causing stress and affecting patient care, according to Cardinal Health survey.

Forward Thinking
Retail imports rising under threat of higher tariffs, report says
The nation's major retail container ports are preparing for unusually high levels of imports this spring and throughout the summer, NRF's latest Global Port Tracker shows.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse demand stays sky-high, real estate firm says
Trend driven by e-commerce logistics, distribution, and warehousing, says Avison Young.

Forward Thinking
Verizon: hackers are targeting C-level executives with social engineering attacks
Cybercrime endangers supply chain information, cloud-based solutions, customer data, report says.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

On the air with CSCMP ...
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has launched a new podcast series, "Supply Chain Conversation." Now members have the chance to participate.

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