CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 22, 2019

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.
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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.
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CSCMP Notebook

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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.

Forward Thinking
Finland stakes its claim in autonomous system space
Research consortium targets transport and logistics with initiative launching in 2020.

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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