CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2011

 A hard look at the soft side of performance

Strategy
A hard look at the soft side of performance

Supply chain scorecards typically focus on operational metrics. But if companies want to capture a true picture of supply chain success, they need to measure employees' interpersonal performance, too.

Tap into the power of analytics
Strategy

Tap into the power of analytics

New ways of applying supply chain analytics can lead to dramatically higher levels of performance. Here's where to find the best opportunities.
Time to come home?
Manufacturing

Time to come home?

To offshore, nearshore, or "reshore"? A total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis can answer that question. For some companies, TCO analyses are suggesting that manufacturing close to the point of consumption is the best choice.
L.L. Bean's smarter stocking strategy
Strategy

L.L. Bean's smarter stocking strategy

The iconic retailer has revamped its inventory practices to support a multi-channel selling strategy. The result: less overstock of seasonal inventory, more of the products its customers buy all year long, and a reduction in warehousing costs.
Columns
Afterword

Human beings at their best

The word "sustainable" does not always refer to the environment. It can also refer to an effort that is so successful that it perpetuates itself.
Career Ladder

Why you should never "graduate"

Continuous learning should be a lifelong, driving passion.
Perspective

Time to reconsider VMI?

A successful VMI program depends on accurate forecasts of consumer demand, which have proved elusive.
Monetary Matters

Emerging consumer markets: the new drivers of global economic growth

Consumption is still largely concentrated in North America and Western Europe, but consumers in emerging markets are stepping onto the world stage in greater numbers.
Direct Connection

Who keeps the engines of global commerce running?

Although what supply chain professionals do every day impacts commerce everywhere in the world, their role in corporate success and competitiveness generally has remained in the background.
Forward Thinking

Hiring outlook improves for supply chain executives

Survey finds that nearly half of companies in Europe and North America are recruiting supply chain professionals.

Many retailers ignore hazards when handling returned merchandise

Unaware that many consumer goods contain hazardous materials, retail store personnel may create dangerous situations in reverse logistics operations, says industry association.

Weather is the leading culprit for supply chain disruptions

More than half of respondents to a worldwide survey suffered supply chain disruptions at the hands of Mother Nature.

Study identifies attributes of best-in-class procurement organizations

A.T. Kearney study finds effective organizations excel at risk management, new product development, supplier relations, and more.

Water-related damage an increasing supply chain risk

One-third of respondents to a survey said floods and droughts have already affected their supply chains.

Ikea says, "paper, please"

IKEA is giving up wooden pallets in favor of paper platforms.

Global trade trends down as local consumption slowly grows

Global trade levels declined by 1.3 percent in Quarter 3 of 2011 while domestic consumption continued to grow.
Departments

Letters to the editor

Letters and comments from our readers

Open Enrollment

Upcoming professional education programs around the world

CSCMP Notebook: 2011 Annual Global Conference report

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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NASSTRAC's new home and focus on the future
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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
How effective is crowdsourced logistics?
Forward Thinking
Shoppers value communication over convenience in the returns process, study shows
Transparent policies and proactive updates positively influence consumer perception and brand loyalty, according to Narvar study of 1,300 online shoppers.

Forward Thinking
Wanted: The Billy Beane of freight
The data produced by trucks' electronic logging devices could change the way that people manage transportation and logistics operations.

Forward Thinking
ALAN mobilizes logistics response to California wildfires
Hundreds of thousands of residents displaced and dozens killed as fires continue to burn.

Forward Thinking
Study describes eight best practices for supply chain integration under a single executive
Practice presents unique challenges, Univ. of Tennessee whitepaper says.

Forward Thinking
Companies report double-digit growth in industrial IoT usage
Industrial firms are getting more sophisticated in their use of IoT for asset management, customer services, IFS survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Future continues to look bright for transportation, logistics industry
Survey shows that logistics and transportation professionals optimistic about the U.S. economy, revenues, and profitability.

Forward Thinking
Artificial intelligence will trigger a new reality for logistics
Companies that don't adapt before their peers will get run over by this "technology train," GT Nexus exec tells 3PL conference.

Forward Thinking
Gartner flags 10 strategic tech trends for 2019
Convergence of emerging technologies will create disruption and spawn new business models, firm says.

Forward Thinking
The cost of a failed delivery continues to rise, survey shows
84 percent of shoppers are unlikely to return to a retailer after just one negative experience, Convey, Inc.'s third annual consumer expectations survey finds.

Forward Thinking
Geopolitics, technological innovation top global transport industry concerns
Majority of companies surveyed say autonomous trucks will be a "viable option" within the next 10 years, IRU study shows.

CSCMP Notebook
2018 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2018 conference held in October in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dell, Drucker, Stephenson, Gattorna feted by CSCMP
CSCMP's Hall of Fame inductions took place at association's annual EDGE conference in Nashville.

ALAN honors Alison Thompson with Lifetime Achievement Award; Home Depot, Estes, The Shippers Group also honored
The organization's Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize supply chain professionals and organizations who demonstrate their commitment to disaster relief efforts.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

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