CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 21, 2020

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2015

Creating an SCM

Strategy
Creating an SCM "dynasty": How to build your team like the pros

Talent-retention and succession-planning strategies from the world of professional sports can help supply chain organizations ensure strong leadership for years to come.

Infrastructure: Supply chain's missing link
Technology

Infrastructure: Supply chain's missing link

Companies that fail to take a holistic view of infrastructure—the physical and informational assets required to run a supply chain—sometimes make capital-investment decisions that are detrimental in the long run.
Winning supply chain strategies for African markets
Strategy

Winning supply chain strategies for African markets

Africa's economies are growing, but poor infrastructure and difficult business conditions persist. Creative, flexible approaches to supply chain design and execution can help companies overcome these and other challenges.
A different path to better inventory performance
Finance

A different path to better inventory performance

Companies work hard to reduce inventory and increase order-fill rates, yet many continue to experience erratic, stagnant, or declining inventory performance. The comprehensive approach outlined here can help them achieve the improvements they seek.
How the Internet of Things will change your world
Technology

How the Internet of Things will change your world

Networked, connected devices and equipment will provide supply chain and logistics managers with something they often lack: the visibility and data necessary for supply chain optimization.
Columns
Top-Performing Supply Chains

How do you define supply chain excellence?

Each month, this new column will track the supply chain performance of key companies in a specific industry group. First up: electronics and high tech.
Perspective

Greetings from snow-covered Boston

Unusually severe weather events have an enormous impact on supply chains. But there's only so much you can do to plan for them.
Afterword

Two approaches to mitigating supply chain risk

Today's fast-changing business environments calls for new ways of evaluating risk.
Direct Connection

Selling the "supply chain story" to the next generation

It's up to us to get the message out to students that supply chain management is a cool career.
Forward Thinking

To make progress on sustainability, team up with others

A new study finds that the most successful sustainability programs involve collaboration with external partners.

3PLs battling against "service commoditization"

A report from eyefortransport suggests that 3PLs could differentiate themselves by developing expertise in emerging technologies.

What you can learn from procurement superstars

IBM's study identifies the strategies and actions that differentiate "procurement role models" from their peers.

Without action, freight-related pollution will jump 300 percent, ITF says

Changes in global trade patterns and soaring freight volumes could lead to a spike in global carbon emissions, warns the International Transport Forum.

Struggling to adapt to an omnichannel world

A survey by the consulting firm EY and the Consumer Goods Forum finds that many supply chain executives believe their current supply chains are not well suited for omnichannel retailing.

Research firm ranks top U.S. schools for supply chain technology

The Gartner subsidiary Software Advice says Penn State and University of Wisconsin provide the best education in supply chain technology.

Driverless vehicles: Where to next?

A new report from DHL forecasts logistics applications for automated vehicles.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Global trade holds steady amid a confluence of factors

Geopolitical conflict and disease dampened growth in 2014, but total activity remained steady through the year.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

Why "big data" is proving elusive in retail supply chains

A new report published by CSCMP and the Food Marketing Institute details the main reasons why the use of big data has been so limited to date.
CSCMP Notebook

Q4 update shows the "State of Logistics" is improving

The first-ever Q4 update to CSCMP's annual "State of Logistics Report" analyzes developments since the original report's release in June 2014.
CSCMP Notebook

Multimedia course covers the essentials of SCM

CSCMP's Web-based course Supply Chain Management Essentials (SCME) uses multimedia to provide a solid grounding in the fundamentals of supply chain management.
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP Explores... looks at the current state of supply chain visibility

"Supply Chain Visibility: A Missing Link in the Extended Supply Chain" outlines what companies can do to improve performance through increased visibility.
Latest Video

ITA Presidents Forum offers global lift truck market insights
Every four years, the leaders of associated lift truck trade associations worldwide meet in the US to present and discuss trends in the global lift truck market, including representatives from Japan, China, the European Union and the United States.

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Forward Thinking
Demand for industrial space remains strong
Market need for new industrial construction eases concerns of oversupply, CBRE report shows.

Forward Thinking
Report: Trucks remain prime target of cargo thieves worldwide
Cargo in transit by road remains the dominant risk; theft from trucks parked in unsecured lots average 8 per day globally.

Forward Thinking
Security, digital capabilities are ripe for disruption
Study highlights the changing nature of supply chain disruption and companies' need to broaden their perspective on business risks.

Forward Thinking
Containers back up on Chinese docks as coronavirus triggers closures
Ripple effects now seen in U.S. supply chain as agriculture trade group asks ocean carriers to skip penalty fees for delays.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Six best practices for new product introduction
The new product introduction process has not changed very much over the years. Here are six ways to make it more strategic, collaborative, and digital.

Forward Thinking
Coronavirus could crimp U.S. retail sales for February, study warns
Production expected to fall as Chinese government extends factory shutdowns beyond Lunar New Year, NRF says.

Forward Thinking
Procurement to focus on analytics in 2020
Better analytics will help procurement departments become more cost efficient, deliver value in new ways, study finds.

Forward Thinking
LMI up slightly in January
Logistics industry continues path of slow, sustained growth, according to latest Logistics Manager's Index report.

Forward Thinking
Business continues to brace for impact of coronavirus
Supply chain disruptions could last three to six months, experts say.

Forward Thinking
Industry optimism improves as trade tensions ease
USMCA approval in Washington lessens uncertainty over trade, boosts outlook for industrial investment and export growth.

CSCMP Notebook
How innovative is your supply chain?
The submission deadline for CSCMP's Supply Chain Innovation Award is March 15, 2020.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC offer new on-site training programs
Sessions will focus on supply chain fundamentals, leadership, strategy, and risk management.

Do you know a rising young supply chain leader?
The nominations period for CSCMP's Emerging Leader Award closes February 14, 2020.

How sharing trusted data can unite the retail supply chain
Susan Pichoff of GS1 discusses a research study at Auburn University that's exploring how RFID, GS1 Standards, and blockchain can help overcome challenges in the supply chain industry.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.

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