CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 24, 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
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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.
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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.

Forward Thinking
ProMat keynote addresses the gender gap
The founder of Girls Who Code talks about how her nonprofit organization is attracting more girls to computer science and engineering.

Forward Thinking
Home Delivery World: Last mile is the critical mile
Tech executive emphasizes customer relationships, shifting business models in a complex omnichannel environment.

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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