CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 16, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2008

How rapid manufacturing could transform supply chains

Manufacturing
How rapid manufacturing could transform supply chains

Rapid, or direct digital, manufacturing will move companies to adopt a globally distributed supply chain that supports economic, low-volume production.

Logistics

A model of independence

After Carestream Health was sold to a new owner, the medical imaging company had to design its own, stand-alone distribution network. Modeling software helped supply chain managers make the right decisions.
Logistics

Infrastructure investment: The supply chain connection

Government decision makers rarely consider the impact of infrastructure investments on supply chains. But they should: Failing to do so will stifle a nation's economic competitiveness.
Logistics

Why LSPs don't leverage innovations

Logistics service providers (LSPs) often struggle to extend customized solutions created for specific customers to a broader customer base. What they need is a new model for managing the innovation process.
Global

Desert Reform

To combat a growing insurgency in Iraq, the U.S. military adopted a nontraditional tactic: rebuilding the country's supply chains.
Finance

Which customers are most profitable?

Do you know what individual customers contribute to earnings per share? Here's how to determine the impact of each customer or customer segment on your company's profitability.
Columns
Afterword

A threat to globalization?

It is not pessimism to assume that in a highly complex supply chain, something will go wrong somewhere at some time and that preparation for such an eventuality is essential.
Career Ladder

Get some career insurance

Just as the best time to buy life insurance is before you die, the best time to get career insurance is before you lose your job.
Direct Connection

A gathering of global leaders

Nearly 3,000 supply chain management and logistics professionals from more than 40 countries gathered in Denver, Colorado, USA recently to attend CSCMP's Annual Global Conference 2008.
Monetary Matters

Tough times for international trade

As the global economy continues to slow, supply chain managers should be prepared to see international trade growth take a hit.
Perspective

Use the downturn to prepare for the upturn

The global economic downturn is providing a temporary reprieve from high energy prices and an opportunity to plan for the future.
Forward Thinking

Higher oil prices call for flexible supply chains

As companies wrestle with rising energy costs, says MIT Professor David Simchi-Levi, they need to need to know their "tipping point"—the level at which higher prices will necessitate changes in their supply chain strategy.

Look to lean in bad times

Bad economic times should require more companies to incorporate lean principles into their supply chains to gain additional flexibility, says Gartner Research Vice President Dan Miklovic.

Should the CIO "own" the supply chain?

Merck CIO J. Chris Scalet says he knows of at least 25 CIOs of major companies who have taken on expanded roles in process management in their companies.

Manufacturing practices differ widely in North America

A recent survey by the Manufacturing Performance Institute and Industry Week found that when it comes to supply chain integration, Mexican plants are ahead of their counterparts in the United States and Canada.

Four with the power to transform

These four IT trends identified by Gartner could have important implications for supply chain information management.

Survival of the leanest

Companies need to speed up their adoption of "lean" practices in order to survive the global economic downturn, said one of the founders of the lean movement, Daniel T. Jones.

Wood or plastic? That is the pallet question

For years debate has raged in the pallet industry about which type of platform is better for the environment—wood or plastic.

Job hunters rely on referrals

Most job hunters, including those in the supply chain field, use personal connections or referrals to find work, according to a recent survey by executive recruiters TopGrading Solutions Inc.

Efficiency gains offset by rising fuel prices

The total cost of logistics remained about the same this year as last, as gains made from reduced inventory, costs savings, and greater efficiencies in the warehouse were negated by increases in fuel costs, according to supply chain consulting firm Establish Inc.
Departments

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The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
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Research for the Real World
What is intuition's role in the supply chain?
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Imports break new records under pressure of holiday peak, tariff threats
Container trade could slump in 2019 as political uncertainty boosts prices, dampens consumer sentiment, NRF-Hackett report says.

Forward Thinking
Logistics Manager's Index shows growth rate slowed in November
Economic conditions cool off for transportation prices, transportation utilization, and inventory costs, LMI reveals.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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