CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 16, 2019

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

Acme's Doug Sampson on the value of lifelong learning in a world of constant change
Doug Sampson, senior VP of Acme Distribution Centers Inc., joins us from CSCMP's 2019 annual EDGE Conference to discuss his experiences, how much has changed in the logistics world, and the principles of business success that still hold true today.

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Forward Thinking
Logistics sector growth holds steady in September
Industry growth continues its slow pace, but activity is down considerably from a year ago, according to latest Logistics Manager's Index.

Forward Thinking
Maritime sulfur cap could crimp container port volumes
IMO 2020 emissions cap to have unknown impact on container lines, international shippers, Drewry says.

Forward Thinking
Consumer spending props up wobbly economy, NRF says
Peak season e-commerce is forecast for hot growth over winter holidays even as manufacturing tumbles to 2009 levels.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
Carrier and shipper relationships face "dysfunction" over strained rail networks, study finds
Rail transportation networks need digital transformation, according to paper from Maine Pointe and Michigan State University.

Forward Thinking
Demand surges for cold-storage warehousing, CBRE says
But construction requirements pose challenges for developers looking to capitalize on the trend.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
Report: Technology is transforming the logistics industry
Communication technology and integrated platforms top list of software investments that will yield the highest ROI for logistics operations.

Forward Thinking
Kuehne + Nagel pledges less-than-container-load shipments to be carbon-neutral by 2020
Move comes alongside renewable energy and reforestation programs from logistics giants IKEA, Amazon.

Forward Thinking
Maritime port operators see great promise in artificial intelligence
AI could improve operational consistencies and enhance equipment utilization, Navis survey shows.

CSCMP Notebook
2019 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Snap-on Tools and vendor FastFetch were honored for their use of artificial intelligence to slash shipping costs.

CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers to focus on supply chain's role in creating a sustainable business
The annual conference's diverse range of keynote speakers will include the CEO of a direct-to-consumer company, a high-tech guru, millennial entrepreneurs, and an NFL official.

CSCMP recognizes 2019 Emerging Leader Award winners
Unilever's Anahi Arza and CoLane's Parker Holcomb will be recognized at CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference for their meaningful contributions to the supply chain profession.

Johnson & Johnson supply chain executive to receive CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) will recognize Kathy Wengel for her contributions to the field at the annual EDGE Conference in September.

Booming economy drives U.S. business logistics costs up 11.4 percent
While shippers struggled to keep pace with tight capacity and rising rates in 2018, many of those pressures are starting to ease, says 30th annual State of Logistics Report.

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