CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 22, 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

Acme's Doug Sampson on the value of lifelong learning in a world of constant change
Doug Sampson, senior VP of Acme Distribution Centers Inc., joins us from CSCMP's 2019 annual EDGE Conference to discuss his experiences, how much has changed in the logistics world, and the principles of business success that still hold true today.

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Forward Thinking
Commercial real estate market set to continue growth trend in 2020
Market outlook calls for growth in retail, industrial, and logistics sectors, CBRE 2020 report shows.

Forward Thinking
Leaving China to avoid tariffs? Look before you leap
The costs and complexity of shifting sourcing to another country can potentially outweigh any tariff savings, said speakers at a recent trade and transportation conference.

Forward Thinking
Cyber attacks targeted transportation sector in third quarter, report finds
Employees are "last line of defense" as hackers seek to disrupt rivals' supply chains, Mimecast says.

Forward Thinking
Cargo thieves target containers rushed into U.S. ahead of threatened tariffs
Glut of containerized freight is often stored under lax security, unsecured parking, Sensitech says.

Forward Thinking
International trade community struggles to deal with tariff revisions
Keeping up with quickly fluctuating tariffs and trade policies requires good communication and the ability to act on short notice, according to speakers at the 2019 Northeast Cargo Symposium.

Forward Thinking
U.S.-China trade expert: Don't expect resolution of trade dispute any time soon
Each country's policymakers think they can take minor steps now and then wait the other one out, Albright Stonebridge Group's Amy P. Celico tells New England trade group.

Forward Thinking
Cargo volume up at Port of New York and New Jersey
September imports rose nearly 4% and exports fell slightly, but overall volume was up 3.6%, port officials said.

Forward Thinking
Freight carried by for-hire transportation industry fell steeply in September, feds say
Index posts largest one-month plunge since January 2012, amid array of other sour economic indicators, Department of Transportation says.

Forward Thinking
Study finds disconnect in B2B buyer-seller relationship
B2B buyers are growing increasingly frustrated as sellers miss the mark when it comes to blending digital goals with the customer experience.

Forward Thinking
Report: Consumers prefer to shop locally
Survey finds that most consumers would bypass Amazon for local retailers if they could get same-day delivery—even if they had to pay for it.

CSCMP Notebook
Out with the old and in with the new
Instead of searching the website looking for materials, members can now access all of CSCMP's online learning materials via the E-Learning Hub.

The artificial intelligence revolution
CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.

2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.

2019 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Snap-on Tools and vendor FastFetch were honored for their use of artificial intelligence to slash shipping costs.

CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers to focus on supply chain's role in creating a sustainable business
The annual conference's diverse range of keynote speakers will include the CEO of a direct-to-consumer company, a high-tech guru, millennial entrepreneurs, and an NFL official.

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