CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 17, 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.
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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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