CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 23, 2019

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
Chain Reactions

Letters to the editor

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

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Forward Thinking
Truck reservation system drives productivity at Port of Virginia
TRS is reducing turn times and improving flow at the gates, port officials say.

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Oracle updates Supply Chain Management Cloud for team communication
Blockchain tools will enable era of supply chain transparency, firm says.

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E-commerce firms flex their muscles on DC site selection
Growing heft gives e-commerce and 3PL firms greater location in picking warehouse locations.

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Logistics industry growth slows in February
The Logistics Manager's Index fell more than a point from January but remained in growth territory, industry group reports.

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Companies honored for blockchain-enabled traceability initiative
Trade group recognizes five companies for their work on the MediLedger Project, aimed at improving supply chain efficiency, effectiveness and safety.

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Logistics community aids post-tornado relief efforts
American Logistics Aid Network is mobilizing the logistics community to support disaster-relief efforts in the Southeast in the wake of recent tornadoes and floods.

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Study: Companies over-emphasize technology in digital transformation strategies
U.S. businesses lack focus on people, processes and partnerships when it comes to adapting to an increasingly digital business world, Telstra study shows.

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Supply chain challenges demand digital solutions, HighJump says
Software provider leverages parent's resources to develop AI, IoT, big data tools in Korber Digital Lab.

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ATRI study: Easing traffic congestion yields long-term gains
Infrastructure improvements can help trucking companies conserve fuel, reduce emissions and lower bills, study shows.

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Survey: retailers lose more revenue from inaccurate inventory than theft
Retail robot vendor Bossa Nova says automation and robotics are better solution than employee cycle counts.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP's annual conference is looking toward the future
CSCMP EDGE Conference and Exhibition will be held in Anaheim, California September 15 - 18.

How customer experience is driving supply chain innovation
CSCMP's Hot Topic publication explores why innovation and customer experience are key factors for all businesses.

On the air with CSCMP ...
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has launched a new podcast series, "Supply Chain Conversation." Now members have the chance to participate.

CSCMP European Conference registration is open
The two-day conference in Warsaw, Poland, will focus on real-world strategies companies can implement to maximize and transform their supply chains.

Hot Topic: Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations
CSCMP publication offers key steps companies can take to get the most out their data.

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