CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2010

Get out your calculators

Finance
Get out your calculators

The new International Financial Reporting Standards may require you to change the way you value inventory and measure other performance indicators.

The tax factor in global site selection
Strategy

The tax factor in global site selection

Before you pick a location for a manufacturing plant overseas, consider the impact of foreign enterprise income taxes.
At Kraft, cash is king
Finance

At Kraft, cash is king

When Kraft Foods needed to cut costs and free up cash, its supply chain organization rose to the challenge. Better inventory turnover played a leading role in boosting cash flow by 20 percent.
Time for a checkup?
Logistics

Time for a checkup?

If you haven't improved your logistics network for a while, it might be time for an examination. Here's a five-step method that can cut logistics costs by 10 to 20 percent.
What's the best design for your dedicated fleet?
Logistics

What's the best design for your dedicated fleet?

When weighing the cost and service benefits of a dedicated truck fleet, consider alternative designs. In many cases, a design with the potential to bring drivers back home on a regular basis will be the best option.
Columns
Perspective

Does your company need a supply chain SWAT team?

Kraft's approach to tackling a companywide mandate to free up cash could help you address supply chain issues, too.
Monetary Matters

Tighter air security will need a deft touch to avoid economic harm

In August 2010, the United States will require 100 percent of cargo shipped on passenger aircraft to be screened by security personnel, machines, or specially trained dogs.
Afterword

Logistics wins (and loses) a sale

One company's supply chain stumble can be another's gain.
Career Ladder

The rise of the Chief Procurement Officer

More and more companies are centralizing purchasing and looking for managers with strategic leadership skills.
Direct Connection

San Diego—you need to be here!

Just about anyone who's involved in supply chain management will converge on San Diego for CSCMP's 2010 Annual Global Conference.
Forward Thinking

Factor future inflation into purchasing now

Supply chain and procurement managers must change their expectations that input prices will continually fall, says one consultant.

Distribution center operating costs decline

A survey conducted by the Supply Chain Consortium finds that DC operating costs as a percentage of revenue have dropped over the last two years.

Who benefits most from optimization tools?

Because asset performance is a top priority for manufacturers, they are likely to get the best return from supply chain-network optimization software.

Supply chain savings at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores is using supplier scorecarding and strategic sourcing of food products to cut costs worldwide.

Germany gets top marks for international trade logistics

Germany tops the World Bank's ranking of nations' capacity to facilitate international trade logistics.

Companies struggle to build "cash culture"

Many companies that are fighting to free up cash in their supply chains have not taken the necessary steps to make that happen.

New book advises: Give both parties a stake in outsourcing

A new book says that 3PL relationships will improve when both company and supplier have a vested interest in each other's success.

Clearinghouse could help to combat product fraud

A new report recommends several ways manufacturers can monitor their supply chains to detect and prevent adulteration and counterfeiting.

Supply chain education for salespeople

A new course offered by a U.K.-based consulting firm teaches sales representatives to consider the cost consequences before they make delivery promises.

Space agency seeks down-to-earth opportunities for supply chain software

NASA hopes the supplier risk management software it developed will soon make its way into the commercial sphere

Software vendors offer carbon mapping tools

A number of carbon management software vendors have introduced applications that help companies measure their emissions of carbon dioxide, the gas often blamed for global warming.

iPhones as bar-code readers?

Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group says he's heard of at least one company that's using a low-cost iPhone application to scan bar codes in its warehouse.
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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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