CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 18, 2020

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2009

Finding the perfect fit

Strategy
Finding the perfect fit

In a world of increasing supply chain complexity, the "one size fits all" approach no longer works. Smart companies are segmenting their supply chains to match customers' needs —a practice that reduces costs and drives up service levels.

Bend, don't break
Manufacturing

Bend, don't break

A four-part approach to creating flexible supply chains is helping the construction industry in the United Kingdom respond better to economic downturns —and recoveries.
New green strategies replace old notions
Procurement

New green strategies replace old notions

If companies are to generate savings from "green" initiatives, they need to take a total-cost-of-ownership view and throw out old assumptions underpinning common supply chain practices.
Logistics

Danger on the high seas

Piracy continues to threaten some of the world's most important shipping lanes. Two defense logistics experts explain the current situation and look at how some governments and private industry are thwarting attacks.
On the road to a smaller carbon footprint
Logistics

On the road to a smaller carbon footprint

Yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm's initiative to shrink its carbon footprint offers a possible model for other companies that are concerned about their supply chains' greenhouse gas emissions.
Painting a bigger picture
Strategy

Painting a bigger picture

Supermodeling allows a company to take an end-to-end view of its supply chain and make adjustments in production, distribution, and inventory practices to meet changing market demands.
Columns
Afterword

Due respect

The field of logistics and supply chain management has a long way to go to get the recognition and respect it deserves.
Career Ladder

The other side of interviewing

When an applicant goes on an interview, he or she usually is pretty well prepared. But what about the people on the other side of the interviewing table?
Direct Connection

You can't download this

The Annual Global Conference reminded me of the undeniable value of conducting business with colleagues whom we have actually met.
Monetary Matters

New rail service opens up a "Northeast Passage"

In 2008, the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG launched an experimental service between China and Germany by way of Russia.
Perspective

Wal-Mart's green label and you

Wal-Mart's plans to develop a "green" label for products sold in its stores could become a headache for many supply chain managers —and not just for those in the retail industry.
Forward Thinking

For Wal-Mart, being "best in market" is key to global success

When it comes to supply chain strategies, sometimes "best in market" trumps "world class."

When good times come, workers may go

In a recent survey of supply chain professionals, only 22 percent of the respondents said they were treated well and planned to stay in their current jobs.

Associations offer new load-matching service

Three industry standards groups — VICS, GS1 Canada, and GS1 US — have banded together to offer load-matching services.

Future supply chains could be smarter than their designers

Ten years from now, will your supply chain be smarter than you are? That question might sound strange now, but it could make perfect sense in another decade or so, if a report issued by IBM earlier this year proves to be on the mark.

Practitioners split on cap and trade

Supply chain professionals in North America are divided on the issue of "cap and trade" regulations, according to a recent report issued by eyefortransport.

Poorly made in China

Although the furor over the quality of some Chinese-manufactured products seems to have died down, such problems remain a concern for many companies.
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Forward Thinking
Report: Manufacturing execs say global recession is likely in 2020
Trade restrictions, geopolitical instability remain top issues in the new year, but longer term outlook calls for trade improvements, tech firm survey shows.

Forward Thinking
The future of last-mile logistics takes shape
From light-industrial properties to large multistory facilities, the urban logistics real-estate landscape is changing as shippers get a handle on the best warehousing strategies to tackle their "last-touch" challenges.

Forward Thinking
Capgemini survey: millennial shoppers ready and willing for autonomous stores
Test cases in Norway and U.S. offer self-checkout aisles to extend store hours, source local vendors.

Forward Thinking
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains

Forward Thinking
Wanted: Supply chain innovators
$750,000 global competition seeks experts to develop solutions to supply chain problems associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) worldwide.

Forward Thinking
"Calmer waters" in trade wars could boost economy in 2020, Paul Ryan says
But long-range challenges include massive technology investments by China, former U.S. House speaker says in NRF keynote.

Forward Thinking
Global Healthcare Exchange acquires Lumere
Digital trading platform adds evidence-based data and analytics capabilities to support "clinically integrated" supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Container volumes expected to return to seasonal patterns in 2020 after tariff surges
Facing trade war uncertainty in 2019, traders had rushed imports and exports in recent months, NRF and Hackett report finds.

Forward Thinking
Donations to Australian wildfire victims swamp region's charity infrastructure
Despite challenges, country's businesses are maintaining supply chain operations thanks to "pre-planned resilience-led approaches," local disaster relief worker says.

Forward Thinking
Industry growth slows in December
Growth in the logistics sector continued its slowing trend last month, as the Logistics Manager's Index hit an all-time low of 54.

CSCMP Notebook
Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.

EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon
CSCMP's EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens on December 15.

Out with the old and in with the new
Instead of searching the website looking for materials, members can now access all of CSCMP's online learning materials via the E-Learning Hub.

The artificial intelligence revolution
CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.

2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.

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