CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 18, 2018

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.
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.
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

What is the consumer Internet of Things?

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

NASSTRAC's new home and focus on the future
Gail Rutkowski, executive director of the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), discusses the critical issues facing the industry and her group's new affiliation with CSCMP.

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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.

Research for the Real World
How effective is crowdsourced logistics?
Forward Thinking
Shoppers value communication over convenience in the returns process, study shows
Transparent policies and proactive updates positively influence consumer perception and brand loyalty, according to Narvar study of 1,300 online shoppers.

Forward Thinking
Wanted: The Billy Beane of freight
The data produced by trucks' electronic logging devices could change the way that people manage transportation and logistics operations.

Forward Thinking
ALAN mobilizes logistics response to California wildfires
Hundreds of thousands of residents displaced and dozens killed as fires continue to burn.

Forward Thinking
Study describes eight best practices for supply chain integration under a single executive
Practice presents unique challenges, Univ. of Tennessee whitepaper says.

Forward Thinking
Companies report double-digit growth in industrial IoT usage
Industrial firms are getting more sophisticated in their use of IoT for asset management, customer services, IFS survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Future continues to look bright for transportation, logistics industry
Survey shows that logistics and transportation professionals optimistic about the U.S. economy, revenues, and profitability.

Forward Thinking
Artificial intelligence will trigger a new reality for logistics
Companies that don't adapt before their peers will get run over by this "technology train," GT Nexus exec tells 3PL conference.

Forward Thinking
Gartner flags 10 strategic tech trends for 2019
Convergence of emerging technologies will create disruption and spawn new business models, firm says.

Forward Thinking
The cost of a failed delivery continues to rise, survey shows
84 percent of shoppers are unlikely to return to a retailer after just one negative experience, Convey, Inc.'s third annual consumer expectations survey finds.

Forward Thinking
Geopolitics, technological innovation top global transport industry concerns
Majority of companies surveyed say autonomous trucks will be a "viable option" within the next 10 years, IRU study shows.

CSCMP Notebook
2018 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2018 conference held in October in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dell, Drucker, Stephenson, Gattorna feted by CSCMP
CSCMP's Hall of Fame inductions took place at association's annual EDGE conference in Nashville.

ALAN honors Alison Thompson with Lifetime Achievement Award; Home Depot, Estes, The Shippers Group also honored
The organization's Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize supply chain professionals and organizations who demonstrate their commitment to disaster relief efforts.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

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