CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 12, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2008

Share and share alike

Share and share alike

Trading partners have a vested interest in working together to minimize risks that disrupt their businesses. Here's why they should share that responsibility.


Orient express

Small shipments can be costly and inefficient in China. A test of compact cargo containers shows how China's railways can improve shipment security while dramatically cutting transit times for small loads.

Now you see it!

A visual scheduling method allowed one manufacturer to adjust production to meet variations in demand for its make-to-order product.

The greening of Whirlpool's supply chain

At Whirlpool, being green is more than just talk. Not only has the appliance maker taken the lead in developing energy-efficient products, but it has also redesigned its supply chain with an eye toward conserving energy and cutting air pollution.

Small wonders

Don't worry if your company isn't a corporate giant. Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can use supply chain management to drive a corporate strategy that increases revenues and profits.

From chaos to control

In this real-life story, a consumer products company uses the SCOR model to improve its supply chain performance and change the way it approaches problem solving.

Of human potential

It is not often that I find myself moved by a speech at a business conference. But when I heard Randy Lewis speak earlier this year, it touched a nerve.
Career Ladder

Résumé rescue

There are several possible reasons for the lack of response to your résumé submissions, and there are several possible fixes—some easy and some not so easy.
Direct Connection

Opportunity in the face of uncertainty

To say that uncertainties are a challenge for global business leaders is an understatement, given the unpredictable economic dynamics that supply chain pros are confronting today.

Continental shift

A recent survey conducted among CSCMP members turned up evidence of an important shift in supply chain design.
Monetary Matters

U.S. credit crunch squeezes global trade

In today's interconnected and wired world, what happens in one major market inevitably reverberates in others around the globe. So it's not surprising that economies worldwide are feeling the effects of the U.S. economic slowdown.
Forward Thinking

Companies are rethinking offshore sourcing

Concerned about rising transportation costs and longer lead times, nearly half of the supply chain professionals who took part in a new survey on procurement are considering sourcing materials and parts closer to home.

Revamped benchmarking model goes green

Supply chain benchmarking initiatives are beginning to incorporate environmental conditions as a factor for assessment.

Five ways to prepare for an economic downturn

As the United States teeters on the brink of recession, a panel of financial and procurement experts has recommended five ways that procurement professionals can prepare their companies for an economic downturn.

Measuring the social impact of logistics

Proponents of the European "bestLog" project say that logistics best practices should take into account the social and environmental impact of those standards.

Translating SCM into P&L

If you want to get the attention of your company's top executives, you need to speak their language, and that means finding a way to show the impact of supply chain management on the profit and loss statement.

Rollin' on the river—the Yangtze, that is

With manufacturing and consumer demand moving steadily westward in China, that nation's rivers are fast becoming the mode of choice for transporting raw materials and finished goods.

Who operates the best supply chains?

The votes are in, and Apple Inc. has won the top spot in this year's AMR Research report on the world's best supply chain operations.

Leading a diverse workforce

With companies now employing people of every race, nationality, religious background, and age group, author Juana Bordas says, it is good business practice to incorporate the practices and values of diverse cultures in a respectful and productive manner.

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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Commentary: Fritos, aluminum, and unintended consequences
While companies continue to focus their attention on blockchain and the Amazon effect, Trump's tariffs stand to pose a real threat to global supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain disruptions hit record high
Disruptive events accelerate in first half of 2018, with North America leading the way as most-affected region, company report shows.

Forward Thinking
Global AGV market to reach $7.3 billion by 2025
Growing demand for material handling equipment will boost AGV market over next seven years, study shows.

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Florida nears opening date for autonomous vehicle test track
$42 million Suntrax site to open in Spring 2019, reach completion in 2021.

Forward Thinking
FedEx Express taps Subramaniam as new chief
Cunningham to retire Dec. 31 from firm's air and international unit.

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KPMG predicts revolution in last-mile logistics
Use of autonomous delivery vehicles will drastically change consumer e-commerce environment by 2040, research study says.

Forward Thinking
DHL to invest $300 million in emerging technologies
Supply chain arm will deploy piece-picking robots, AI, self-driving vehicles in 350 of its 430 North American sites.

Forward Thinking
Global trade growth to slow in early 2019, DHL study forecasts
Logistics index tracks impact of political turmoil from U.S. tarrifs, U.K. Brexit.

Forward Thinking
Collaborative robot milestone reached: 1 million units picked in five days
Robotics firm 6 River Systems says its solution helped 25 warehouses across United States ramp up for Cyber Monday.

Forward Thinking
AI: The future is now
A recent survey shows that a third of U.S. workers are already interacting with artificial intelligence (AI) as a regular part of their job.

CSCMP Notebook
The age of transparency
CSCMP publication takes a look at how supply chains can become more transparent to meet consumers' evolving needs.

ALAN presents Humanitarian Logistics Awards to supporters of disaster relief efforts
The nonprofit organization recognized long-time humanitarian Alison Thompson and five logistics organizations during the CSCMP EDGE Conference.

2018 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Intel grabs top honors for its artificial intelligence sourcing solution.

CSCMP presents 2018 awards for excellence
A recap of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' prestigious awards for excellence.

2018 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2018 conference held in October in Nashville, Tennessee.