CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 26, 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

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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