CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 17, 2020

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
Report: Manufacturing execs say global recession is likely in 2020
Trade restrictions, geopolitical instability remain top issues in the new year, but longer term outlook calls for trade improvements, tech firm survey shows.

Forward Thinking
The future of last-mile logistics takes shape
From light-industrial properties to large multistory facilities, the urban logistics real-estate landscape is changing as shippers get a handle on the best warehousing strategies to tackle their "last-touch" challenges.

Forward Thinking
Capgemini survey: millennial shoppers ready and willing for autonomous stores
Test cases in Norway and U.S. offer self-checkout aisles to extend store hours, source local vendors.

Forward Thinking
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains

Forward Thinking
Wanted: Supply chain innovators
$750,000 global competition seeks experts to develop solutions to supply chain problems associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) worldwide.

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"Calmer waters" in trade wars could boost economy in 2020, Paul Ryan says
But long-range challenges include massive technology investments by China, former U.S. House speaker says in NRF keynote.

Forward Thinking
Global Healthcare Exchange acquires Lumere
Digital trading platform adds evidence-based data and analytics capabilities to support "clinically integrated" supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Container volumes expected to return to seasonal patterns in 2020 after tariff surges
Facing trade war uncertainty in 2019, traders had rushed imports and exports in recent months, NRF and Hackett report finds.

Forward Thinking
Donations to Australian wildfire victims swamp region's charity infrastructure
Despite challenges, country's businesses are maintaining supply chain operations thanks to "pre-planned resilience-led approaches," local disaster relief worker says.

Forward Thinking
Industry growth slows in December
Growth in the logistics sector continued its slowing trend last month, as the Logistics Manager's Index hit an all-time low of 54.

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

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.

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