CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
May 22, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 1 2019

Big data's growing pains

Technology
Big data's growing pains

Big data analytics implementations are up, but satisfaction with those implementations is down, according to a recent survey. Why are companies frustrated with their attempts to harness the power of large sets of supply chain data?

Smart packaging: challenges and opportunities in the supply chain
Technology

Smart packaging: challenges and opportunities in the supply chain

New packaging technologies have the ability to monitor a product and its environment and act on any changes in the two. These innovations have the potential to dramatically improve supply chain operations, but companies must first overcome some significant challenges.
Strategy

The customer's warrior

Dave Bozeman, vice president of Amazon Transportation Services, says he wakes up every day ready to "go to war for the customer." And he wouldn't have it any other way.
Why additive manufacturing needs blockchain
Manufacturing

Why additive manufacturing needs blockchain

While additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) has the potential to greatly reduce shipping costs and make operations more efficient, it can also make the supply chain more vulnerable to cyberattacks and counterfeiting. Blockchain technology may hold the answer for increasing security.
Legally sound procurement: how to add legal value to the purchase of goods and services
Procurement

Legally sound procurement: how to add legal value to the purchase of goods and services

A simple but revolutionary change in the process of negotiating procurement contracts can dramatically improve a buyer's position. Getting legal experts involved right from the beginning saves time, allows for a better assessment of proposals, and may lead to more favorable contract terms. Above all, it ensures fully informed decisions.
The Age of Autonomy, Part 2: How vehicle ecosystems will create new business and job opportunities
Technology

The Age of Autonomy, Part 2: How vehicle ecosystems will create new business and job opportunities

In a future where autonomous vehicles will be in wide use, an array of complementary services and technologies—autonomy "ecosystems"—will be needed to support them. Supply chain leaders should start thinking now about how their companies and employees can participate in these revolutionary new opportunities.
Columns
Perspective

The future may be here now

The technologies that could shape tomorrow's supply chains might already be available—if only we knew how to apply them.
Direct Connection

Building a stronger community

CSCMP aims to strengthen the relationship between shippers and carriers with its newest initiative, NASSTRAC's Strategic Shipper Program.
Afterword

Robots won't put you in the unemployment line

Robots will soon transform the workplace in amazing ways, but they will not throw you out of work.
Reflections

Develop a war plan for supply chain disruptions

When it comes to handling supply chain disruptions, commercial organizations should steal a page or two from the military's playbook.
Forward Thinking

Artificial intelligence will trigger a new reality for logistics

Companies that don't adapt before their peers will get run over by this "technology train," GT Nexus exec tells 3PL conference.

Gartner flags 10 strategic tech trends for 2019

Convergence of emerging technologies will create disruption and spawn new business models, firm says.

Study describes eight best practices for supply chain integration under a single executive

Practice presents unique challenges, Univ. of Tennessee whitepaper says.

Companies report double-digit growth in industrial IoT usage

Industrial firms are getting more sophisticated in their use of IoT for asset management, customer services, IFS survey shows.

Shoppers value communication over convenience in the returns process, study shows

Transparent policies and proactive updates positively influence consumer perception and brand loyalty, according to Narvar study of 1,300 online shoppers.

KPMG predicts revolution in last-mile logistics

Use of autonomous delivery vehicles will drastically change consumer e-commerce environment by 2040, research study says.

Slowing economy spells pause for industrial real estate market

But savvy developers will pursue inland port opportunities and growing demand for urban fulfillment centers, new research shows.

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.

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.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

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 Notebook

Hot Topic: Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations

CSCMP publication offers key steps companies can take to get the most out their data.
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.
Research for the Real World

Can your supply chain relationships affect your company's credit rating?

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
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Forward Thinking
Colgate-Palmolive claims top spot in Gartner 'top 25' ranking
Company rises from fourth place in 2018 thanks to financial performance, aligned organization, corporate social responsibility.

Forward Thinking
Logistics providers wary of 2019 hurricane season
Companies apply lessons learned from painful storms in past years.

Forward Thinking
AI leads the way in supply chain technology, survey shows
Real-time visibility is the top supply chain priority in 2019, driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, JDA/KPMG survey reveals.

Forward Thinking
Gartner: Before you dive into digital, be sure you have a strong foundation
Keynote presenters at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference dream of a future where the digital and physical supply chains are combined, but caution that most companies are not there yet.

Forward Thinking
Descartes Systems Group acquires Core Transport Technologies
Deal strengthens software company's mail, parcel, and cargo tracking solutions footprint and boosts global e-commerce capabilities, company says.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Four steps to becoming a "shipper of choice"
With high demand, tight capacity, and a continuing shortage of drivers, trucking companies can afford to be choosy about which loads they take. Here's how to make yours more appealing.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain tasks weigh heavy in healthcare, survey shows
Clinicians and supply chain managers say supply chain-related tasks are causing stress and affecting patient care, according to Cardinal Health survey.

Forward Thinking
Retail imports rising under threat of higher tariffs, report says
The nation's major retail container ports are preparing for unusually high levels of imports this spring and throughout the summer, NRF's latest Global Port Tracker shows.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse demand stays sky-high, real estate firm says
Trend driven by e-commerce logistics, distribution, and warehousing, says Avison Young.

Forward Thinking
Verizon: hackers are targeting C-level executives with social engineering attacks
Cybercrime endangers supply chain information, cloud-based solutions, customer data, report says.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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