CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 26, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2017

Managing supply chains in China: Four steps to success

Global
Managing supply chains in China: Four steps to success

Get these four key actions right and your chances of supply chain success in China will be greatly enhanced.

From zero visibility to
Global

From zero visibility to "night vision" at Shamir Optical

A merger and subsequent expansion prompted the prescription lens maker to rethink how it was managing inventory. New technology provided companywide visibility for the first time, leading to a 25 percent cut in inventory without compromising service levels.
To predict the future of blockchain, look to the past
Technology

To predict the future of blockchain, look to the past

Reviewing how supply chain technologies were adopted in the past reveals patterns that suggest how blockchain could take root in supply chain management today.
Strategy

The power of saying "yes"

Taking advantage of opportunities to learn something new, even if it leads you into unfamiliar territory, can open up even more opportunities in the future, says Dr. Nancy Nix. Her own career attests to that.
On the same page
Strategy

On the same page

When Coca-Cola Parts and its 3PL couldn't agree on how to define "best-in-class" performance, they turned to a warehouse benchmarking study for guidance. The research helped them set goals that not only led to improvements in warehouse operations but also align with Coca-Cola's corporate strategy.
Planning for the unexpected: How
Procurement

Planning for the unexpected: How "what-if" costing reduces global risk

Cost simulation can help retailers and others that source internationally to reduce unpredictability in their landed costs.
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Perspective

Convergence and the future of material handling

The blurring of lines between providers of equipment, software, and other technologies will profoundly change the material handling world—and yours, too.
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!

To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.
Direct Connection

Funding the future

Member support strengthens CSCMP's ability to connect, develop, and educate the world's logistics and supply chain management professionals.
Afterword

The "last mile" isn't really a mile ... yet

Right now, e-commerce's "last mile" is somewhere between six and nine miles, according to a new study. One expert believes it will continue to shrink.
Monetary Matters

Power to the consumers

Two major trends are changing the face of the U.S. supply chain: e-commerce retail sales, and lower prices of consumer goods.
Forward Thinking

Supply chain's continuing image problem

A new DHL survey finds that changing job requirements and a lack of respect for the supply chain discipline are hampering companies' ability to recruit and retain supply chain talent.

McKinsey report on container shipping in 2067 predicts autonomous 50K TEU vessels

An autonomous transport chain will manage end-to-end ocean shipping flows, the report's authors forecast.

Brexit is already disrupting European supply chains, says U.K. procurement organization

A survey of U.K. and European supply chain managers found that many are re-examining their relationships with suppliers.

E-commerce DC of the future to be hybrid of automation, labor, expert says

100 percent automation will never happen, according to Joe Dunlap of real estate and logistics services firm CBRE.

How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event

The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84

Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.
Departments
Research for the Real World

When suppliers and their customers don't see eye to eye

New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
CSCMP Notebook

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions

Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.
CSCMP Notebook

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges

New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications

Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.
CSCMP Notebook

Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest

Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.
Latest Video

A commitment to forklift safety
Don Buckman is the environmental, health, and safety manager and sustainability leader at Hyster-Yale Group Americas. He explains why Hyster and Yale support National Forklift Safety Day and how they will be observing the event around the country.

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Forward Thinking
Global WMS market to reach $5 billion
E-commerce explosion will drive 14 percent growth rate in spending, create 57,000 new warehouses globally by 2025, study shows.

Forward Thinking
Survey: political uncertainty is dampening expansion plans by U.S. companies
82 percent would like to expand, but 55 percent worry their supply chains are at risk from shifting policies, Vuealta reports.

Forward Thinking
Recruiting site ranks C.R. England, C.H. Robinson execs in top 100 CEOs
Glassdoor survey measures employee reviews of their bosses' leadership.

Forward Thinking
Mobility, partial automation dominate in the warehouse
By 2024, six out of 10 companies will use warehouse automation to enhance the human element, not replace it, Zebra Technologies study shows.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Six tips for attracting (and keeping) distribution labor
Facing low unemployment rates, retailers are having to get creative to recruit and retain distribution center employees, says the upcoming State of Retail Supply Chain study.

Forward Thinking
Report finds cargo theft is most often an inside job
Criminal organizations recruit company employees to gain data, cargo information, delivery routes, insurance company says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Challenging the warehouse management system implementation paradigm
Warehouse management systems have come a long way from the 1980s and 1990s. So why are so many companies still asking for customizations? Here's the case for no modifications in WMS implementations.

Forward Thinking
Booming economy drives U.S. business logistics costs up 11.4 percent
While shippers struggled to keep pace with tight capacity and rising rates in 2018, many of those pressures are starting to ease, says 30th annual State of Logistics Report.

Forward Thinking
DHL Supply Chain to expand U.S. pharmaceutical, medical device distribution network
Contract logistics firm will invest $150 million to open nine new facilities, enhance technology, and expand existing operations in the U.S., company says.

Forward Thinking
Hackett Group names 2019 Digital Award winners
Consulting firm honors companies on the cutting edge of smart automation, robotic process automation, cognitive computing, and analytics.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP looks to give military veterans the EDGE
Veterans interested in a career in logistics and supply chain management can apply until June 1 for free CSCMP benefits.

CSCMP to unveil 30th Annual State of Logistics Report in June
This year's report will be released June 18, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

NASSTRAC spring meeting to focus on federal regulations and legislation
In addition to a full day of educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders and discuss topics affecting transportation.

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.

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