CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 22, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2018

Urban fulfillment: The battle for city shoppers

Logistics
Urban fulfillment: The battle for city shoppers

More and more people—especially young people—are moving into cities. To reach this increasingly important market segment, retailers need to find a profitable and efficient way to do urban fulfillment.

Adding new tiles to the omnichannel mosaic
Strategy

Adding new tiles to the omnichannel mosaic

As retailers continue to expand their omnichannel service offerings, they're increasingly turning to a traditionally underused resource: the brick-and-mortar store.
How JJMDC helped Intermountain Healthcare streamline supply chain operations
Strategy

How JJMDC helped Intermountain Healthcare streamline supply chain operations

When Intermountain Healthcare had problems with stockouts for crucial surgical supplies, it turned to its supplier, the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC), for help. JJMDC deployed a specialized supply chain team to help the health system diagnose what the problem was and discover a solution.
How SKF uses a supply chain twin to enable integrated planning
Strategy

How SKF uses a supply chain twin to enable integrated planning

The threat of disruption and a range of market forces drove global bearings manufacturer SKF to think differently about managing its global supply chain. Building a "digital supply chain twin" allowed the company to globalize and automate planning and "futureproof" the business.
Delivering on
Logistics

Delivering on "direct to consumer" in the CPG industry

Selling direct to the consumer poses an attractive option for consumer product goods (CPG) companies looking to grow sales. But do the benefits outweigh the risks and challenges?
Strategy

Supply Chain: The next generation

The winners of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Award demonstrate that the future of supply chain management is in capable hands.
Columns
Perspective

Commentary: A suggestion for congestion

Congestion wastes time, fuel, and productivity. There must be a better way to manage our infrastructure.
Afterword

Commentary: Fritos, aluminum, and unintended consequences

While companies continue to focus their attention on blockchain and the Amazon effect, Trump's tariffs stand to pose a real threat to global supply chains.
Monetary Matters

Crisis managed: What's next for global monetary policy?

As the global economy strengthens, central banks must decide whether to ease back on policies that encourage growth and, if so, how.
Direct Connection

United we stand

The partnership between CSCMP and NASSTRAC promises to strengthen ties between the transportation industry and supply chain management professionals.
Forward Thinking

Book: logistics firms must look past blockchain hype to see its potential

Applications like cryptocurrencies and ICOs create confusion about the technology, economist Jason Schenker says.

Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices

Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

Amazon opens pop-up parcel delivery site in flooded Wilmington, N.C.

Retailer aids in Hurricane Florence recovery by handling packages in a van parked at a local Whole Foods Market location, Amazon says.

The quiet case for RFID

New research says that radio frequency identification tags can help companies achieve greater order accuracy than bar-code scanning.

JD.com unveils plans to study underground urban fulfillment network

Chinese e-commerce giant launches "Urban Smart Logistics Institute" at Beijing supply chain summit.

Retailers set to ban "serial returners," survey finds

Following Amazon's lead—and as a way to curb the high costs associated with reverse logistics processes—two-thirds of retailers say they would stop doing business with problem shoppers, ERP provider says.

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.

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.

AI: The future is now

A recent survey shows that a third of U.S. workers are already interacting with artificial intelligence (AI) as a regular part of their job.

Talent shortage to hit manufacturing hard

As many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next 10 years due to widening skills gap, study shows.

Supply chain disruptions hit record high

Disruptive events accelerate in first half of 2018, with North America leading the way as most-affected region, company report shows.
Departments
Research for the Real World

What is intuition's role in the supply chain?

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

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.
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces

Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.
CSCMP Notebook

Distinguished Service Award nominations open

CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.
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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