CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 19, 2018

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2012

Rules of engagement: A better way to interact with suppliers

Strategy
Rules of engagement: A better way to interact with suppliers

To develop and maintain collaborative relationships with far-flung suppliers, companies should first segment them, and then implement interaction models that set the rules of engagement. Here's how to apply this approach in your own operation.

Start with the customer!
Strategy

Start with the customer!

At most companies, customers' needs are not high on the list of factors driving supply chain strategy. In this excerpt from his new book, Dr. J. Paul Dittmann of the University of Tennessee explains the potentially costly consequences of that policy.
From many, one: IBM's unified supply chain
Procurement

From many, one: IBM's unified supply chain

When IBM switched from a focus on regional business units to operating as a global organization, it had to create a single, integrated supply chain aligned with the new business model.
Is standardized software eroding your competitive edge?
Technology

Is standardized software eroding your competitive edge?

Standard enterprise software packages provide a consistent structure for basic supply chain processes. But these generic applications may not accommodate the processes and policies that set your company apart from its competitors.
Columns
Perspective

The changing geography of supply chains

The return of some manufacturing to the United States will not spell an end to global supply chains. But supply chains in the future may not be as extensive and far-flung as they have been for the past few decades.
Afterword

Logistics without borders?

The "Supply Chain Saves the World" track at CSCMP's 2012 Annual Global Conference highlighted how harnessing supply chain expertise for humanitarian causes worldwide could have an enormous impact.
Direct Connection

The "buzz" around supply chain management

At the recent CSCMP Annual Global Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, I was reminded over and over again what an exciting time it is for supply chain management professionals.
Monetary Matters

From "comparative advantage" to "consumption advantage"

Global consumption patterns are shifting as consumers gain more buying power in developing economies.
Career Ladder

Should I stay or should I go?

When is it the right time to change jobs? Here are some recommendations that can help you decide whether and when to make a move.
Forward Thinking

U.S. government forms supply chain "advisory committee" to support competitiveness of U.S. exporters

Department of Commerce taps supply chain experts to provide input for national freight policy and export initiative.

Supply chain IT systems increasingly vulnerable to attack, analysts warn

Supply chain operations could lose millions of dollars due to IT breaches by 2016, according to a recent report.

Study: Economic uncertainty reshaping outlook for logistics service industry

Annual Northeastern University third-party logistics survey finds economic conditions have created both problems and opportunities for 3PLs worldwide.

Who needs ships? Just drive the container!

Self-propelled ocean container could deliver the goods to remote locations.

Global Trade Flow Index: Global trade trending up despite European risks

The euro zone's political and fiscal future remains in question, but demand in other markets is helping trade volumes to nose up slightly.

Book offers roadmap for supply chain transformation

Supply Chain Transformation: Practical Roadmap to Best Practice Results helps readers get started on the journey to supply chain excellence.

E-commerce promotes regional distribution

Shift would help online retailers speed delivery and reduce the cost of handling returns.
Departments

Datebook

Conferences and educational events worldwide

CSCMP Notebook

News and ideas for success from CSCMP
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The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
Richie Etwaru, founder and CEO at Hu-manity.co, which classifies human data as human property, joins us from the MHI Fall 2018 Conference, where he delivered a keynote on blockchain applications and its promise for the future of supply chains.

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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
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
Taming peak season: It's all about prevention
Despite everyone's best efforts, late parcel deliveries seem to be a fact of life during the holiday shipping season. But there are some steps shippers can take to boost the odds that their packages will arrive as planned.

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.

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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