CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 21, 2020

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2007

How big is your carbon footprint?

Logistics
How big is your carbon footprint?

Before you can build an energy-efficient supply chain, you need to understand your company's carbon emissions.

Strategy

Relationships for supply chain success

Supply chain management by its very nature depends on relationships and connections. In the first excerpt from their recent book, Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management: An Essential Guide for the 21st Century, the authors describe some of the relationships that play an important role in achieving supply chain success. In the second excerpt, they focus on consultants, looking at how they operate and when it makes sense to use them—or not.
Finance

Running inventory like a Deere

By restructuring the supply chain for one of its divisions, John Deere cut inventory and reduced freight costs to better manage assets and enhance shareholder value.
Finance

The persistent gap between supply and demand

A research study finds that most companies have a long way to go before they can achieve a demand-driven inventory strategy.
Finance

Gauging total cost, supplier by supplier

Because it reveals hidden costs, the "unit total cost" approach to purchasing can help companies accurately evaluate the cost of doing business with individual suppliers.
Strategy

It's your supply chain — secure it!

IBM's top supply chain security executive makes the case for industry/government partnerships and for global supply chain security standards. We are all responsible for securing global supply chains, he says.
Technology

Web services: Will build to suit

The latest trend in computing allows supply chain managers to mix and match existing software programs to customize solutions for their operations.
Columns
Afterword

Mutual aid

Collaboration on humanitarian supply chains is not just a topic for academic research.
Career Ladder

To advance your career, develop a "personal brand"

These days, "doing your job well" doesn't just mean getting results; it also encompasses how you get them.
Chain Reactions

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers
Direct Connection

Forward motion

Next year, CSCMP will turn 45 years old. Talk about a journey!
Monetary Matters

Black Sea nations struggle with rising tide of trade

Total waterborne trade moving through the Black Sea rose 10 percent per year during the last three years.
Perspective

Global warming and you

Will measuring carbon footprints be another onerous requirement with no benefits for business? Actually, it might prove to be a fruitful exercise—and not just for reasons of social responsibility.
Forward Thinking

Globalization a top concern for supply chain managers

It's a big world out there, and supply chain executives know they need to master it. That's one of the takeaways from the latest Ohio State University Survey of Career Patterns in Logistics, presented at CSCMP's 2007 Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Shopping study could shape grocery replenishment

The study turned up some surprising insights that challenge the conventional wisdom about consumer behavior.

Poor logistics performance hampers economic growth

A new study issued by the World Bank identifies "trade logistics"—the capacity to connect to international markets to ship goods—as a critical factor in a country's potential for economic growth.

Fraud strikes four out of five companies worldwide

A recent survey conducted for the risk consulting company Kroll found that four out of five companies have experienced some sort of fraud in the past three years. In every industry sector, companies have lost many millions of dollars to fraud, according to Kroll's latest Global Fraud Report.

Present-day pirates

The general public rarely hears about ocean shipping, but thanks to National Geographic, millions of readers are getting a look at a problem that's unknown even to many importers and exporters: piracy.

Toy recalls: Who's really to blame?

Wherever recalls of Chinese products have cropped up, it's been widely assumed that suppliers were at fault. But that may be untrue in many cases, say two Canadian researchers.

Breaking the supply chain language barrier

More than 20 supply chain practitioners, consultants, and academics came together earlier this year to develop mutually agreed definitions for a number of supply chain metrics.

Put an end to long-term forecasting?

Toss aside the conventional wisdom that says detailed, long-term forecasts are essential to balancing demand and supply. Short-term forecasts can produce more accurate results with a lot less work, a new white paper argues.

The human element

For international supply chain projects, cultural sensitivity, mutual respect, and clear communication can be as important as technology and engineering.

Benchmarking "do's" and "don'ts"

How can companies get the greatest benefits from benchmarking and best practices in their supply chains?

It's about time

Back when most people were hailing quality as the definitive source of competitive advantage, George Stalk had another idea: Although cost and quality matter, the real key to success is time.

The ups and downs of new product launches

Companies often fail to anticipate problems when they launch new products, according to André Kuper, a project manager for Hewlett-Packard Co.
Departments
Chain Reactions

Chain Reactions

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP Notebook

Latest Video

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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