CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 24, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2013

Get ready for the

Manufacturing
Get ready for the "software-defined supply chain"

As new technologies transform manufacturing from an activity defined by hardware and logistics constraints to one that's largely defined by software, supply chain leaders will have to completely reshape their product manufacturing and design processes. Most look unprepared to meet that challenge.

Technology

The power of a control tower

Agilent Technologies' "control tower"—an information hub linking the instrument maker with its suppliers to provide inventory visibility—has helped the company deftly model parts availability, manage order promising, and counteract parts shortages during a natural disaster.
The case for item-level RFID
Technology

The case for item-level RFID

Retailers are well aware of the benefits of applying radio-frequency identification tags to individual items, yet relatively few are doing it. That could quickly change: Omnichannel retailing, the author argues, will make adoption of item-level RFID imperative.
A seat on the board: Do you have what it takes?
Strategy

A seat on the board: Do you have what it takes?

Whether you're choosing a new member of a board of directors or are a candidate yourself, following these guidelines will help to ensure the board includes people with the right skills and attributes for the job.
Material handling equipment for multichannel success
Logistics

Material handling equipment for multichannel success

A distribution center designed to support retail stores may not have what it takes to meet the demands of direct-to-consumer fulfillment. The right material handling equipment can help retailers efficiently serve both channels.
Columns
Perspective

Three trends to watch in 2014

New technologies, an increase in "reshoring," and a growing interest in demand-driven supply chains could have a big impact on supply chain management this year.
Afterword

When being smart is not enough

Lots of companies concentrate on being smart. What they really should be focusing on, says Patrick Lencioni, is being healthy.
Career Ladder

This year, just say no

Instead of resolving to do more this year, resolve to stop doing the things that get in the way of focusing on your long-term goals and plans.
Direct Connection

CSCMP supports supply chain education in India

Through networking, education, advocacy, and more, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is making a difference in India's supply chain community.
Monetary Matters

Expect to see more goods "Hecho en México"

Mexican exports to the United States will continue to rise, and Mexico will grab a greater share of imports from other major U.S. trading partners.
Forward Thinking

Study: Logistics and transportation jobs could be in peril

Automation is likely to eliminate many transportation and warehousing jobs, predicts an academic study conducted by Oxford University researchers.

MIT seeks practitioner input to new online supply chain education program

SCMx, described as a "virtual classroom," is under development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Transportation and Logistics, expected to launch in 2014

Consumer packaged goods giants launch collaborative rail intermodal service in Europe

The goal of a pilot program conducted by Colgate-Palmolive Co., Mondelez International Inc., and Nestlé S.A. is to substantially cut CO2 emissions.

New book examines the state of logistics in China

A new publication from the Logistics Center at Nankai University outlines the current state of China's transportation infrastructure and logistics industry and considers future developments.

High-tech interest in nearshoring grows, but some skepticism remains

Although the number of companies considering relocating their manufacturing facilities closer to consumers has increased, three out of four still plan to stay where they are, a UPS survey finds.

Study: Global manufacturers need more flexibility

A new report from Accenture says that manufacturers worldwide plan to invest in people, processes, and technology that will allow them to change their production facilities and product mix.

U.S. retail supply chains still struggle to meet holiday demand

More than 80 percent find it challenging to plan capacity to meet peak requirements, according to the results of a Capgemini survey.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index

China, the United States, and Germany drove modest global economic growth in Q3
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Lessons learned from trucking's perfect storm
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Forward Thinking
Supply chain employment of women sees slow, steady rise
Dachser reports that women fill more than half its jobs, topping industry average.

Forward Thinking
Partnering with third-party vendors opens door to business risks, KPMG says
Study lists top five dangers often posed by outside providers and contractors.    

Forward Thinking
Trade experts counsel measured response to China tariffs
Warning there may be more pain ahead, speakers at an international trade conference offered do's and don'ts for mitigating the impact of higher tariffs on Chinese goods.

Forward Thinking
Trucking business conditions continue to tumble, FTR index shows
Monthly measure for February hits lowest mark since August 2017, as industry retreats from record high demand of 2018.

Forward Thinking
Study measures pain points of digital transformation
Firms report disruption as they adopt upgrades such as collocated data centers, cloud computing, and third-party security, Avant says.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: Warehouse supply and demand in line
The industrial real estate availability rate barely moved in the first quarter, balancing the market, commercial real estate firm says.

Forward Thinking
Rhenus acquires Freight Logistics
Global logistics provider expands in the Americas with purchase of Miami-based freight forwarder.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse robotics on the rise
Study shows an 18 percent increase in testing of warehouse robotics in 2019.

Forward Thinking
Investment in supply chain technology and automation to rise 95 percent
MHI Annual Industry Report predicts dramatic increase in investment in supply chain technologies in 2019 as the labor market continues to tighten.

Forward Thinking
Rising above the froth: ProMat keynote focuses on practical realities of blockchain
Panel of experts provides use cases, implementation tips for the distributed ledger technology.

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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