CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2010

Keep your supply chain healthy—in bad times and good

Strategy
Keep your supply chain healthy—in bad times and good

Companies need to work with their suppliers, restrain cost cutting, and stick to fundamental supply chain strategies to ensure that their supply chains are ready to move forward when the economy recovers.

Global

"Go West" into China ... carefully

Companies that are considering moving production into China's interior must weigh the trade-offs of lower costs against the impact on their supply chains.
Neways invests for success
Finance

Neways invests for success

What do you do when a supplier possesses proprietary technology that adds great value to your products? For Neways Enterprises, the answer was to buy a piece of the company.
An enlightened approach to distribution
Logistics

An enlightened approach to distribution

Collaborative distribution can show you the path to lower supply chain costs and carbon emissions.
4 steps to rebuilding customer-supplier relationships
Procurement

4 steps to rebuilding customer-supplier relationships

Many customer-supplier relationships were weakened or damaged during the economic downturn. To rescue them, both sides need to acknowledge past mistakes, identify the causes of those problems, take corrective action, and monitor the results.
Columns
Perspective

The brass ring beckons

The results of a recent study about career paths could encourage supply chain professionals to set their sights on achieving an executive position.
Afterword

Outsourcing lessons from a master

It's just a hunch, but I'm going to guess that your summer reading list did not include anything by Oliver Williamson.
Career Ladder

Get to know your customer

If you want to significantly improve your chances of becoming a senior leader, getting to know the customer is essential.
Direct Connection

Is the right talent on your team?

When the economy revives and companies have to bring capacity back online, it won't be a simple matter of getting the motors running and equipment working again.
Monetary Matters

Globalization, China, and the "bullwhip effect"

The relationship of the United States and China offers a clear example of how the bullwhip effect applies on an international scale.
Forward Thinking

Apple's supply chain still on top of the pile

Consumer electronics company tops AMR Research's annual listing of companies with the best supply chains.

Supply chain managers moving up the corporate ladder

A new study suggests that an increasing number of companies are recognizing the importance of having a highly placed supply chain leader in the organization.

Network redesign emerges as top priority in tough times

Companies see revising their distribution networks as one of the best ways to respond to challenging economic conditions.

Large companies cut back on the number of suppliers

The largest companies have trimmed the ranks of their suppliers by 15 percent, according to one vendor of supplier management software.

For U.S. companies, Mexico is best bet for low-cost manufacturing

A recent study by the consulting firm AlixPartners determined that in 2009 Mexico was the most cost-competitive country for U.S.-based companies to manufacture their products.

Industrialized nations may lose infrastructure edge

Providers of logistics and transportation services should be prepared to operate in a world with inadequate infrastructure.

Collaborate with rivals? For some, it pays off

A recent study found that when it comes to logistics operations, many companies would be willing to collaborate with their competitors in order to cut shipping costs.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Bric economies outpace overall growth in global trade

While overall growth in global trade was sluggish in the first quarter of 2010, Brazil, Russia, India, and China bucked the trend by showing strong trade increases over the past quarter.
Departments

Letters to the Editor

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook

Upcoming professional education programs around the world
Latest Video

The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
Richie Etwaru, founder and CEO at Hu-manity.co, which classifies human data as human property, joins us from the MHI Fall 2018 Conference, where he delivered a keynote on blockchain applications and its promise for the future of supply chains.

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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

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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