CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 20, 2020

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2015

Uncertainty on the high seas

Global
Uncertainty on the high seas

Climate change and geopolitical clashes could transform commercial shipping in the foreseeable future. For global supply chains, powerful new opportunities—and new risks—are just around the corner.

Learning the language of finance
Finance

Learning the language of finance

Financial fluency will allow you to better explain how supply chains affect margins, turnover, and cash flow.
Is your supply chain safe from cyberattacks?
Technology

Is your supply chain safe from cyberattacks?

Information has become a critical supply chain asset, making it increasingly important to protect your data. That means paying more attention to suppliers' security practices.
Intermodal's big bottleneck: A possible solution
Logistics

Intermodal's big bottleneck: A possible solution

North America's intermodal network is struggling to handle current volumes, let alone future growth. Here's what the railroads could do to support continued expansion and prevent potential supply chain disruptions.
Columns
Perspective

Why you should care about material handling equipment

With technology forcing supply chains to undergo rapid transformation, the intersection of material handling and supply chain strategy has become an area you can't afford to ignore.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Top-performing supply chains: Chemical companies

The chemical industry is feeling the pain as downstream manufacturers push costs back onto suppliers.
Direct Connection

Announcing the next generation of supply chain career programs

In partnership with the U.S. government, CSCMP is the industry sponsor and certifying body of the LINCS in Supply Chain Management consortium.
Afterword

The thankless life of a logistician

Logistics and supply chain managers get little recognition for the important work they do. Yet without logisticians, commerce would come to a halt.
Monetary Matters

Three global macroeconomic trends to watch

Supply chain managers should pay special attention to three trends that will reshape international trade and shipping patterns over the next decade, potentially altering supply chain dynamics.
Forward Thinking

Companies struggle to find profits from omnichannel retailing

Omnichannel efforts are being hampered by high logistics costs associated with fulfilling orders.

Procurement dreams big

A new study from Hackett Group says that procurement executives want their organizations to focus less on cutting costs and more on being a strategic advisor.

Help wanted: Supply chains desperately need employees with sophisticated technology skills

As companies look to emerging technologies to improve supply chain operations, they struggle to find employees with the skills to manage and maintain them.

High-tech leaders seek cost cuts with shorter supply chains

A UPS-sponsored survey documents a decline in offshoring strategy among high-tech manufacturers worldwide.

Now hiring: supply chain analyst, inventory specialist … anthropologist?

The "digital supply chain" will require different jobs and skill sets than supply chain organizations currently look for, one Gartner executive predicts.

31 ways to create a supply chain with a conscience

A report from Accenture and the World Economic Forum argues that leading supply chains gain a "triple advantage" when they create not just business benefits but socio-economic and environmental ones as well.

Deloitte study: Corporate leadership and supply chain executives differ sharply in their assessments of supply chain talent

Disparities between company leaders and supply chain professionals could materialize into actual barriers to success, a new report suggests.

Sourcing internationally: Six risks, and how to mitigate them

Berlin Packaging's Adam Brosch offers good advice for importers of any product, not just packaging.

Global Trade and Container Flow Index: Container throughput to rise as global economy grows

Global container throughput is expected to grow slightly, in the first quarter after dipping -0.11 percent in Q4.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

Starbucks, Amazon executives to headline annual conference

The 2015 CSCMP Annual Conference, to be held September 27-30 in San Diego, will offer more than 90 sessions in five "Cornerstone" subject areas that cover all aspects of the end-to-end supply chain.
CSCMP Notebook

Premium Career Center package can help you find the right candidate

The "Jobs Flash e-mail plus enhanced posting" package offered by CSCMP's Career Center will bring your job opportunities to the attention of highly qualified candidates.
CSCMP Notebook

How to innovate for the long term

The latest issue of CSCMP Hot Topics, "Sustaining and Expanding Supply Chain Innovations," explains how successful companies get long-term benefits from supply chain innovations.
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
Report: Manufacturing execs say global recession is likely in 2020
Trade restrictions, geopolitical instability remain top issues in the new year, but longer term outlook calls for trade improvements, tech firm survey shows.

Forward Thinking
The future of last-mile logistics takes shape
From light-industrial properties to large multistory facilities, the urban logistics real-estate landscape is changing as shippers get a handle on the best warehousing strategies to tackle their "last-touch" challenges.

Forward Thinking
Capgemini survey: millennial shoppers ready and willing for autonomous stores
Test cases in Norway and U.S. offer self-checkout aisles to extend store hours, source local vendors.

Forward Thinking
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains

Forward Thinking
Wanted: Supply chain innovators
$750,000 global competition seeks experts to develop solutions to supply chain problems associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) worldwide.

Forward Thinking
"Calmer waters" in trade wars could boost economy in 2020, Paul Ryan says
But long-range challenges include massive technology investments by China, former U.S. House speaker says in NRF keynote.

Forward Thinking
Global Healthcare Exchange acquires Lumere
Digital trading platform adds evidence-based data and analytics capabilities to support "clinically integrated" supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Container volumes expected to return to seasonal patterns in 2020 after tariff surges
Facing trade war uncertainty in 2019, traders had rushed imports and exports in recent months, NRF and Hackett report finds.

Forward Thinking
Donations to Australian wildfire victims swamp region's charity infrastructure
Despite challenges, country's businesses are maintaining supply chain operations thanks to "pre-planned resilience-led approaches," local disaster relief worker says.

Forward Thinking
Industry growth slows in December
Growth in the logistics sector continued its slowing trend last month, as the Logistics Manager's Index hit an all-time low of 54.

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

EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon
CSCMP's EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens on December 15.

Out with the old and in with the new
Instead of searching the website looking for materials, members can now access all of CSCMP's online learning materials via the E-Learning Hub.

The artificial intelligence revolution
CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.

2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.

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