CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 18, 2020

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2010

A little of everything can go a long way

Finance
A little of everything can go a long way

When products don't sell very much, conventional wisdom calls for reducing assortments and tailoring them to local conditions. But the opposite approach—stocking small quantities of each product at every store and centralizing replenishment decisions—has been shown to increase sales and reduce inventories without raising costs.

ASICS keeps pace with growing demand
Strategy

ASICS keeps pace with growing demand

ASICS America's single distribution center couldn't keep up with surging demand for its athletic shoes and apparel. Changing its distribution pattern and adding another warehouse helped the company manage both current sales and future growth.
Should you swap commodities with your competitors?
Strategy

Should you swap commodities with your competitors?

Swapping commodities with other manufacturers instead of shipping internationally can greatly reduce transportation costs and boost profits. Finding the right swap partner will help you avoid the risks that are inherent in these arrangements.
How to write a Vested Outsourcing contract
Strategy

How to write a Vested Outsourcing contract

In this excerpt from the book Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, the authors explain how to write contracts that allow an outsourcing partner to profit in exchange for achieving the desired performance outcome.
Box size does matter
Logistics

Box size does matter

The right assortment of carton sizes will improve operational efficiency and reduce material, freight, and labor costs. Shippers can determine the right mix by analyzing order history data and examining the frequency of use for current carton sizes.
Columns
Perspective

Supply chain versus the volcano

The disruption to air traffic caused by Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano is a reminder of why we should prepare for both expected and unexpected supply chain risks.
Afterword

Dealing with our oil addiction

Will the Deepwater Horizon disaster spur us to develop new sources of energy?
Career Ladder

There's more to performance management than metrics

Getting people to consistently perform at a high level requires more than implementing an incentive program.
Monetary Matters

How to find savings in reverse logistics

Monitoring returns can cut credit issuance by as much as 30 percent, adding directly to the bottom line.
Direct Connection

Keeping it personal in a digital world

While electronic communication has become a permanent part of our daily lives, face-to-face communication is still important for supply chain success.
Forward Thinking

Get ready to go mobile

Distribution operations in the future will need to support mobile commerce, such as consumers ordering and paying for products with their smart phones.

Sharing tech talent could help supply chains

A pilot program encouraging companies to share technological expertise will soon be under way.

Logistics outsourcing is most common subject of academic articles

Information technology was the second most common subject of academic papers.

More retailers to merge store, online inventory

The need for inventory reduction will drive the integration, creating a common pool of stock for both types of retail operations.

It's time to rethink the MBA

Even before the economic downturn, employers had begun questioning the value of an MBA.

Lower costs, better quality top manufacturers' agendas

Respondents' most important supply chain initiative in the coming year was in a completely different area: improving product quality.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Trade stabilizing as economies emerge from recession

World trade growth was flat in Quarter 4 of 2009, at about US $1.626 trillion.
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ITA Presidents Forum offers global lift truck market insights
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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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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