CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 20, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2008

Bridging the gulf between business and academia

Strategy
Bridging the gulf between business and academia

Educators are reaching out to the corporate world. Why aren't more companies taking advantage of the support they offer?

Strategy

Leading in the Information Age

The rapidly emerging technology of the Information Age is calling into question many traditional supply chain best practices. In this adaptation from their new book, Start Pulling Your Chain! Leading Responsive Supply Chain Transformation, the authors describe a four-stage transformation process for guiding companies as they move from a traditional, anticipatory approach to a response-based, or "pull," business model.
Finance

Is your consultant worth the price tag?

Here's a formula to help you determine whether hiring a consultant for your project will give you a solid payback.
Global

Going offshore? Look before you leap

Companies looking to source overseas because of cheap labor may be in for some costly surprises.
Global

TI's FABulous supply chain

When changes in wafer fabrication added more links to Texas Instruments' supply chain, the semiconductor maker responded by streamlining its operations.
Finance

Capital ideas

How you manage your supply chain affects cash flow in more ways than you might realize. Here are some strategies for freeing up working capital and some tools that can help.
Manufacturing

Six steps to effective network planning

For the best results, planners should follow a standardized approach. Systematic Network Planning provides a step-by-step guide.
Columns
Afterword

The green tsunami

Based on the current, almost obsessive emphasis on environmental concerns, it appears that the so-called "green wave" is hitting the business world with full force.
Direct Connection

New skills for the 21st century

This is the time of year when supply chain thought leaders are forecasting which topics and trends will be top of mind in the coming months.
Perspective

School days

Besides universities, there's another educational arena where supply chain professionals should get involved: secondary schools.
Forward Thinking

Failure to ensure supply chain ethics may be risky

Many large companies have implemented ethics and compliance programs, but few seem to have extended such programs to include their global supply chain partners.

New research center to open in South America

MIT's Center for Transportation and Logistics recently signed a 10-year agreement worth $19 million with LOGyCA, a Colombia-based logistics company, to create the Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation.

Supply chain excellence does pay off

According to analysts at AMR Research, the companies on its 2007 list of the 25 best-performing supply chains outperformed the stock market for the third consecutive year.

Chemical makers don't share best practices

Nearly two-thirds of chemical companies responding to an Accenture survey said their companies had no formal processes in place for identifying and sharing their supply chain best practices.

Sweet fuel

Two British environmentalists drove a truck fueled by chocolate some 4,500 miles across Europe and Africa.

Should supply chains go on a "diet"?

Some companies are trying to trim their supply chains by reducing their "food miles."

Putting trust in relationships

In a new book, Stephen M. R. Covey argues that trust can influence the economic success of companies in a global economy.

Live inside the box

To some creative thinkers, ocean containers are objects to be transformed into comfortable and airy living spaces.

Group to develop standard measure for carbon footprints

What should be the yardstick used to measure a supply chain's carbon footprint?
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The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
Richie Etwaru, founder and CEO at Hu-manity.co, which classifies human data as human property, joins us from the MHI Fall 2018 Conference, where he delivered a keynote on blockchain applications and its promise for the future of supply chains.

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Forward Thinking
Retailers slow to automate supply chain processes
Supply chain digitization is crucial to creating seamless omnichannel experiences, but few retailers have taken the plunge, survey says.

Forward Thinking
UPS to transport an estimated 89 million flowers this Valentine's Day
Temperature-controlled trucks, aircraft, and warehouses help millions of blooms crisscross the globe this week.

Forward Thinking
Retailers sustain import rush ahead of March tariff threat
NRF, Hackett report shows 2018 total breaks 2017 record by 6.2 percent.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers expect freight slump in 2019
Market concerned about tight capacity, driver shortage, trade, and tariff wars, study from Averitt Express says.

Forward Thinking
Teaching leadership: How to reach non-supply chain audiences
Supply chain professionals with backgrounds in engineering or business often struggle to reach nonquantitative thinkers. One way they can make their presentations more persuasive is to include "human elements."

Forward Thinking
Tariff increase will cost jobs, slow GDP growth, study says
Industry leaders say potential March 1 tariff increase remains a top supply chain concern.

Forward Thinking
Study: e-commerce trends are shrinking average length of truck trips
ATRI report finds growth of urban last-mile delivery has prompted shift of jobs from department stores to courier services and fulfillment centers.

Forward Thinking
Hot Topic: Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations
CSCMP publication offers key steps companies can take to get the most out their data.

Forward Thinking
Retailers to focus on supply chain strategies in 2019
Retailers, manufacturers say automation is a top priority, supply chain visibility needs improvement, industry survey says.

Forward Thinking
Study: Canada lags global average on providing BOPIS services
Country's stores also need to up their social media game to meet e-commerce demands, OrderDynamics says.

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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.

CSCMP European Conference registration is open
The two-day conference in Warsaw, Poland, will focus on real-world strategies companies can implement to maximize and transform their supply chains.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces
Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame nominations are open
Industry professionals have until February 1, 2019 to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

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