CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 20, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2018

The coming Age of Autonomy: How robotics will reshape the future of logistics

Technology
The coming Age of Autonomy: How robotics will reshape the future of logistics

While some question the necessity of investing in autonomous vehicles, the potential for this nascent technology to create value and solve some long-standing logistical problems is undeniable. We will need to plan and prepare for the resulting disruption in business processes, operating costs, and economic models.

How secure is your IoT solution?
Technology

How secure is your IoT solution?

While the Internet of Things (IoT) opens up a wide range of opportunities for the supply chain, it is also vulnerable to cyberattacks. Using a threat model can help companies assess how secure their system is.
Strategy

The supply chain anthropologist

Consultant, academic, and author John Gattorna has been encouraging companies to rethink how they design their supply chains so that they put the human at the center.
Chocolate bars and population shifts: How Hershey's supply chain is adjusting to changing demographics
Strategy

Chocolate bars and population shifts: How Hershey's supply chain is adjusting to changing demographics

Tomorrow's workers and customers will look a lot different than yesterday's. For the most part, they will be older, more urban, and more diverse. Supply chains will need to adapt to these changes appropriately. Here's how one global candy company is doing just that.
The seven keys to managing process variations
Technology

The seven keys to managing process variations

Typical responses to process variation are often unnecessarily complex, costly, and inconsistent. The seven steps outlined here will help organizations avoid those problems while effectively controlling variations.
What private equity investments in transportation and logistics could mean for you
Finance

What private equity investments in transportation and logistics could mean for you

A growing number of private equity (PE) firms are buying transportation and logistics companies. Here's why they're so active in this space, and what this new ownership might mean for customers and suppliers.
Columns
Afterword

Rolling out a new product? Consult your supply chain team first

An estimated 80 to 90 percent of new product launches fail. A new study suggests that's partly because businesses overlook the supply chain in their planning.
Direct Connection

The edge we give ...

CSCMP continued its mission of connecting, educating, and developing supply chain professionals at this year's EDGE conference.
Perspective

Trade wars will mean supply chain pain

In its attempt to bring China to heel, the administration could do great harm to U.S. importers and their supply chain partners.
Monetary Matters

The state of the American consumer

Taking the pulse of the American consumer today reveals shifting spending patterns and some areas of concern, but overall a healthy prognosis.
Forward Thinking

The maritime industry's digital future

Companies involved in ocean freight will need to embrace emerging technologies such as big data analytics, blockchain, and automated operations in order to stay afloat, says ABI Research.

Report: mobile robot revenue to reach $7 billion by 2022

Logistics fastest growing vertical market, demanding automation to handle e-commerce and omnichannel, Interact Analysis says.

How Unilever funds supply chain innovation

To encourage employees to be more innovative, the consumer packaged goods company set up a microfunding effort for small experimental supply chain implementations.

Home Depot launches pilot for ambitious outbound delivery plan

Four-year, $1.2 billion initiative aimed at making next-day deliveries to all U.S. customers.

Putting logistics on a low-carbon diet

New book explores ways to cut industry's greenhouse-gas footprint.

From supply chain to corner office: Beth Ford starts as Land O'Lakes CEO

Ford started at Land O'Lakes in 2012 as its chief supply chain officer.

Supply chains shift from global to local

A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.
Departments
Research for the Real World

How effective is crowdsourced logistics?

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
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.
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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