CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 20, 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

The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
Richie Etwaru, founder and CEO at Hu-manity.co, which classifies human data as human property, joins us from the MHI Fall 2018 Conference, where he delivered a keynote on blockchain applications and its promise for the future of supply chains.

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Forward Thinking
Retailers slow to automate supply chain processes
Supply chain digitization is crucial to creating seamless omnichannel experiences, but few retailers have taken the plunge, survey says.

Forward Thinking
UPS to transport an estimated 89 million flowers this Valentine's Day
Temperature-controlled trucks, aircraft, and warehouses help millions of blooms crisscross the globe this week.

Forward Thinking
Retailers sustain import rush ahead of March tariff threat
NRF, Hackett report shows 2018 total breaks 2017 record by 6.2 percent.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers expect freight slump in 2019
Market concerned about tight capacity, driver shortage, trade, and tariff wars, study from Averitt Express says.

Forward Thinking
Teaching leadership: How to reach non-supply chain audiences
Supply chain professionals with backgrounds in engineering or business often struggle to reach nonquantitative thinkers. One way they can make their presentations more persuasive is to include "human elements."

Forward Thinking
Tariff increase will cost jobs, slow GDP growth, study says
Industry leaders say potential March 1 tariff increase remains a top supply chain concern.

Forward Thinking
Study: e-commerce trends are shrinking average length of truck trips
ATRI report finds growth of urban last-mile delivery has prompted shift of jobs from department stores to courier services and fulfillment centers.

Forward Thinking
Hot Topic: Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations
CSCMP publication offers key steps companies can take to get the most out their data.

Forward Thinking
Retailers to focus on supply chain strategies in 2019
Retailers, manufacturers say automation is a top priority, supply chain visibility needs improvement, industry survey says.

Forward Thinking
Study: Canada lags global average on providing BOPIS services
Country's stores also need to up their social media game to meet e-commerce demands, OrderDynamics says.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces
Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame nominations are open
Industry professionals have until February 1, 2019 to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

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