CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 29, 2020

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2011

Sony Electronics' S&OP journey

Strategy
Sony Electronics' S&OP journey

To improve forecast accuracy and collaboration with retail partners, Sony Electronics integrated its S&OP and CPFR programs. The results exceeded both Sony's and the retailers' expectations.

Should we tax truckers for time on the road?
Global

Should we tax truckers for time on the road?

Optimizing truck movements offers developed countries the best opportunity to maximize scarce infrastructure resources. To achieve that goal, governments should tax motor carriers for highway utilization on the basis of time as a way to encourage better routing of shipments.
Procurement

10 best practices you should be doing now

Want to be a "best in class" organization? Then follow the lead of highly successful companies and adopt these 10 practices in your own operation.
Improve your odds
Strategy

Improve your odds

No matter how hard you work to reduce uncertainty in your supply chain, you'll still have to make critical "bets" before key data become available. This three-step approach to decision making will improve your chances of making the right calls.
Manufacturing

"Guerrilla Lean": Leading a Lean initiative from below

By laying the proper groundwork and working effectively with their peer group, middle managers can gradually implement lean practices and make big operational improvements—without leadership from the top.
Columns
Perspective

Worried? Then act now

It's no surprise that anxiety levels among supply chain execs are high. But don't let worries prevent you from taking action.
Afterword

Is that an iPad in your warehouse?

Consumer technologies are showing up in warehouses and DCs, where they're driving double-digit performance gains.
Direct Connection

It's not just what you say, it's how you say it

To be successful, a supply chain manager needs strong interpersonal communication skills.
Monetary Matters

The Canada-U.S. connection

These two neighbors exchanged goods and services valued at more than US $700 billion in 2009.
Career Ladder

Are you overpaying your sales staff?

Many providers of supply chain services compensate their sales force using approaches that are more suited to start-ups than to mature, established businesses.
Forward Thinking

Supply chain chiefs worry about the future

A new report by the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium concludes that supply chain executives have a higher level of uncertainty about the future than they did in the past.

More CFOs oversee supply chain projects

More chief financial officers are looking over the shoulders of supply chain executives, according to the results of a new study by the consulting firm Accenture.

Demand variability is biggest supply chain challenge

According to the results of a recent survey of chief supply chain officers, mastering demand variability in order to devise accurate product forecasts is their top challenge.

Protect your supply chain with a continuity plan

If you want to avoid a disruption in your supply chain operation, then you'd better develop a business-continuity plan, says Betty A. Kildow in her new book, A Supply Chain Management Guide to Business Continuity.

Companies to test "shared" supply chain in Europe

The Consumer Goods Forum predicts that a decade from now, "distribution logistics will no longer be a competitive playing field."

Pipe dream?

An engineering physicist at the University of Perugia in Italy has an idea about how to use pneumatic pipes to move freight.

What's ahead for supply chains in 2011?

Here are 10 trends that will affect manufacturers' supply chains this year, according to IDC Manufacturing Insights analysts Simon Ellis and Kimberly Knickle.

U.S. regains position as leading economy

Global trade in Q4 of 2010 rose 2.5 percent quarter-over-quarter, a slightly slower pace than we saw in the previous quarter that was due to increased austerity measures in the major economies.
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ITA Presidents Forum offers global lift truck market insights
Every four years, the leaders of associated lift truck trade associations worldwide meet in the US to present and discuss trends in the global lift truck market, including representatives from Japan, China, the European Union and the United States.

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Forward Thinking
Report: 5 actions to take in a disruptive economy
Consulting group outlines five steps companies can take now to improve business in disruptive times.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Getting B2B digital sales right in the wake of COVID-19
Social distancing measures are making it even more important for companies to have a digitally enabled sales and supply chain operations.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain companies to launch healthcare industry exchange
Digital clearinghouse will match available inventory to hospitals' needs, addressing shortages, increased demand for medical supplies.

Forward Thinking
Port of New York and New Jersey expects another strong week amid Covid-19 pandemic
Workers delivered 53,000 containers to customers last week, as ports work to keep supply lines running.

Forward Thinking
Industry groups urge Americans to "thank a trucker"
#thankatrucker campaign urges businesses, consumers to recognize the work truck drivers are doing to keep trade flowing across the United States.

Forward Thinking
Demand for inventory, e-commerce fuels long-term outlook for logistics real estate
COVID-19 and economic recession top the list of five themes shaping the logistics real estate market, report shows.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: How to respond to panic buying—a supply chain perspective
As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, consumers have taken to stockpiling staples and health supplies. Beyond Amazon hiring 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers, what steps should retail supply chains take to alleviate shortages and get product back on shelves?

Forward Thinking
XPO supports the next generation of women leaders
Transportation and logistics provider renews its support of Girls With Impact, funding business leadership training for teenage girls.

Forward Thinking
Food industry groups partner to keep supply lines open
IFDA and FMI-Food Industry Association are matching foodservice distribution companies with retailers and wholesalers to keep businesses running and store shelves stocked.

Forward Thinking
Businesses gear up for supply chain challenges
Companies should ready for a six-month disruption to global supply chains and prepare for changes in sourcing strategies moving forward as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, supply chain experts warn.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and Trimble Transportation host video contest for young supply chain professionals
Winner will receive complimentary registration to CSCMP EDGE Conference.

How innovative is your supply chain?
The submission deadline for CSCMP's Supply Chain Innovation Award is March 15, 2020.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC offer new on-site training programs
Sessions will focus on supply chain fundamentals, leadership, strategy, and risk management.

Do you know a rising young supply chain leader?
The nominations period for CSCMP's Emerging Leader Award closes February 14, 2020.

How sharing trusted data can unite the retail supply chain
Susan Pichoff of GS1 discusses a research study at Auburn University that's exploring how RFID, GS1 Standards, and blockchain can help overcome challenges in the supply chain industry.

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