CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 26, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2018

Four keys for unlocking leadership potential

Strategy
Four keys for unlocking leadership potential

Supply chain managers are often called upon to lead major change initiatives. But are we doing a good job teaching them the skills they need? Here are four techniques that could help.

Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain
Technology

Robotic process automation—Demystifying its potential in the supply chain

Deploying minor RPA initiatives in the back office can create major positive impacts that translate into business value across the business-to-business supply chain.
A look into the future: The self-learning supply chain
Technology

A look into the future: The self-learning supply chain

When "deep learning" AI is incorporated into supply chain systems, they will be able to analyze past supply chain failures in order to prevent new ones.
The digital supply network and the future of work
Technology

The digital supply network and the future of work

As companies adopt more digital technologies, such as collaborative robots, artificial intelligence, and analytics, the way their supply chains function will radically change. So too will the nature of work itself.
A blueprint for successful supply chain innovation
Strategy

A blueprint for successful supply chain innovation

How can you foster innovation within the supply chain? The four principles put forth in this article can provide a foundation for implementing new ideas in a way that is successful and can be replicated across the business.
Strategy

A pragmatist's take on sustainability

It can be hard to find a nuanced discussion of corporate sustainability. But Yossi Sheffi's new book aims to provide just that, offering a clear-eyed take on the challenges and benefits of going green.
A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital
Procurement

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.
Columns
Perspective

Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again

How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?
Top-Performing Supply Chains

Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology

Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.
Afterword

Commentary: Rubber sole

Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.
Monetary Matters

E-commerce in a connected world

While B2B e-commerce holds the lion's share of total e-commerce sales, the B2C market is vying to catch up.
Direct Connection

The evolution of CSCMP

CSCMP continues to offer fresh initiatives for its members such as a partnership with NASSTRC and Supply Chain Professional Appreciation Day.
Forward Thinking

Grand Theft Warehousing?

The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

The green gap

Companies that take a systematic approach to supply chain sustainability are more likely to reap the benefits of their efforts than companies with a narrower focus, two research reports say.

Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds

New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study

In spite of growing complexity, more than half of companies are still using pen and paper to manage e-commerce deliveries.

The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"

New MHI industry report identifies the five key technologies necessary for the next generation of supply chain management and the three biggest barriers standing in the way.

Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says

Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds.

Report: retailers plan to boost 2018 spending on omnichannel fulfillment, technology

Auburn study finds retailers face challenges in disruptive technology, efficient urban fulfillment, sustainability, and the role of LSPs.

A game of Supply Chain Risk

Mars Inc. has found that games are an effective way to teach supply chain risk management and resiliency.

The "Amazonification" of the health care supply chain

As Amazon.com Inc. expands its reach into the B2B market, one of the biggest opportunities it sees is the health care supply chain.

Unilever captures top spot in Gartner "top 25" ranking for third straight year

Anglo-Dutch giant gets top supply chain marks from peers, perfect corporate social responsibility score; Home Depot rejoins list; McDonalds named to elite 'Masters' class.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

What is the consumer Internet of Things?

New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.
CSCMP Notebook

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment

The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.
CSCMP Notebook

New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing

CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP honors military members with benefits

The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.
CSCMP Notebook

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference

For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.
Research for the Real World

Making the most out of flash sales

E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
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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