CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 17, 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.
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Forward Thinking
Study: Challenges ahead for warehouse automation market
Researcher points to double-digit growth in warehouse automation this year and next, with headwinds expected in 2021.

Forward Thinking
Virginia, Los Angeles ports post strong July
Record volumes continue at East and West Coast ports, setting the stage for a busy fall, officials say.

Forward Thinking
Report: The delivery economy is here
Demand for fast, seamless delivery is changing the customer experience across B2C and B2B supply chains, tech firm says.

Forward Thinking
Cargo volume remains strong in Oakland, Savannah
Port of Oakland reports record cargo volume for July; Georgia Ports Authority cites rise in intermodal volume at Port of Savannah.

Forward Thinking
Transparency, personalization rule in e-commerce
Online shoppers want clarity on fees, control over the delivery process, easy returns, and loyalty rewards, UPS study shows.

Forward Thinking
Report: rise of car-sharing will roil automotive industry
Conventional car ownership to be replaced by app-based ride-hailing and vehicle-sharing, Lux Research says.

Forward Thinking
FedEx to sever another Amazon link when ground-delivery contract expires
Carrier had also stepped away from air shipping contract with its e-commerce "frenemy" in June.

Forward Thinking
Logistics industry growth accelerates in July
Monthly Logistics Manager's Index rises 2 percent to 57.2; researchers cite continued decline in transportation prices.

Forward Thinking
IBM's latest blockchain product aims to simplify supplier networks
Trust Your Supplier product joins menu of blockchain networks for food, containers, drugs.

Forward Thinking
Truck driver shortage hits 15-year high, ATA says
The trucking industry was short nearly 61,000 drivers in 2018, a figure that could rise to 100,000 in five years, association report shows.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP recognizes 2019 Emerging Leader Award winners
Unilever's Anahi Arza and CoLane's Parker Holcomb will be recognized at CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference for their meaningful contributions to the supply chain profession.

Johnson & Johnson supply chain executive to receive CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) will recognize Kathy Wengel for her contributions to the field at the annual EDGE Conference in September.

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.

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.

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