CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 16, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2012

8 steps to a

Strategy
8 steps to a "servitized" supply chain

Offering bundled packages of products and services—a strategy known as "servitization"—provides greater value to the customer and can lead to more profitable relationships between manufacturer and customer. Here's how to develop a "servitized" supply chain that supports customer-segmented service.

Logistics

Clustering for competitive advantage

This excerpt from a new book about "logistics clusters" tells how the fashion retailer Zara uses the regional cluster in Zaragoza, Spain, to support its unusual—and highly successful—manufacturing and distribution model.
Inside Dell's global command centers
Global

Inside Dell's global command centers

The technology giant's global command centers coordinate parts logistics and field technicians to respond swiftly to customers' requests. They even monitor potential problems like natural disasters and work with customers to develop contingency plans.
The case for front-end vertical integration
Manufacturing

The case for front-end vertical integration

Companies that outsource manufacturing can better control process, product quality, flexibility, and delivery if they have a higher degree of integration with their suppliers. In some cases, it may make sense to bring some manufacturing in-house. A technique called "Krajlic's matrix" facilitates that decision.
Segment your suppliers to reduce risk
Global

Segment your suppliers to reduce risk

Most companies treat all suppliers the same, and they respond too late to supplier-related risk. By segmenting their supply base and basing governance agreements on a supplier's role and importance in the supply chain, they could better anticipate and prevent disruption.
Columns
Perspective

The promise of "big data"

The ability of "big data" analysis to pool and analyze information from disparate sources will help companies recognize hidden relationships and use that knowledge to improve their operations.
Afterword

Getting everyone on the same page

If you want to be rid of silos in your organization, then be sure that your technological infrastructure will support, rather than detract from, that mission.
Career Ladder

What is holding you back?

It's time to identify your obstacles and deal with them, rather than allow your preferences and fears to dictate your career path.
Direct Connection

Collaboration: the key to managing change

Collaboration has become the driving force behind supply chain management excellence.
Monetary Matters

Ricardo's "comparative advantage" still holds true today

The 19th-century British economist David Ricardo recognized that even when a nation is more efficient than another at producing all goods, it benefits by focusing on the one for which it is internally most efficient, and trading for the others.
Forward Thinking

Product recalls vex most supply chains, survey finds

Respondents voice concerns about brand impact of recalls.

Cost control remains the top supply chain goal for manufacturers

Survey finds that increasing agility, product quality and safety are also high priorities.

Business process, transaction costs are top change initiatives

Research finds supply management organizations have a laundry list of changes they plan to make in the next few years.

Gartner: Samsung has the best supply chain in Asia

The research firm's list of the best-managed supply chains in Asia Pacific was heavy on electronics and auto manufacturers.

Global market for WMS software up 10 percent in 2011, report finds

Worldwide sales hit $1.3 billion last year, ARC says.

Singapore tops World Bank's 2012 Logistics Performance List

Asian, European nations with well-developed infrastructure take nine of the top 10 spots.

Survey finds supply chain professionals upbeat about jobs, career

The latest Ohio State University Career Patterns in Logistics and Supply Chain Management study finds that CSCMP members like their profession, including its many challenges.

Study: "Reshoring" trend gains strength

A new CSCMP-sponsored study documents why manufacturers in certain industries are returning to the United States.

Global Trade Flow Index: Economic challenges continue for global trade

Despite the world's economic and political troubles, global trade volumes still managed to creep upward in the first quarter of 2012.

One-third of North American distribution centers are outsourced

The percentage of distribution centers being outsourced is increasing, according to a Tompkins Associates study.
Departments

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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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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