CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 21, 2020

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.
Latest Video

ITA Presidents Forum offers global lift truck market insights
Every four years, the leaders of associated lift truck trade associations worldwide meet in the US to present and discuss trends in the global lift truck market, including representatives from Japan, China, the European Union and the United States.

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Forward Thinking
Demand for industrial space remains strong
Market need for new industrial construction eases concerns of oversupply, CBRE report shows.

Forward Thinking
Report: Trucks remain prime target of cargo thieves worldwide
Cargo in transit by road remains the dominant risk; theft from trucks parked in unsecured lots average 8 per day globally.

Forward Thinking
Security, digital capabilities are ripe for disruption
Study highlights the changing nature of supply chain disruption and companies' need to broaden their perspective on business risks.

Forward Thinking
Containers back up on Chinese docks as coronavirus triggers closures
Ripple effects now seen in U.S. supply chain as agriculture trade group asks ocean carriers to skip penalty fees for delays.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Six best practices for new product introduction
The new product introduction process has not changed very much over the years. Here are six ways to make it more strategic, collaborative, and digital.

Forward Thinking
Coronavirus could crimp U.S. retail sales for February, study warns
Production expected to fall as Chinese government extends factory shutdowns beyond Lunar New Year, NRF says.

Forward Thinking
Procurement to focus on analytics in 2020
Better analytics will help procurement departments become more cost efficient, deliver value in new ways, study finds.

Forward Thinking
LMI up slightly in January
Logistics industry continues path of slow, sustained growth, according to latest Logistics Manager's Index report.

Forward Thinking
Business continues to brace for impact of coronavirus
Supply chain disruptions could last three to six months, experts say.

Forward Thinking
Industry optimism improves as trade tensions ease
USMCA approval in Washington lessens uncertainty over trade, boosts outlook for industrial investment and export growth.

CSCMP Notebook
How innovative is your supply chain?
The submission deadline for CSCMP's Supply Chain Innovation Award is March 15, 2020.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC offer new on-site training programs
Sessions will focus on supply chain fundamentals, leadership, strategy, and risk management.

Do you know a rising young supply chain leader?
The nominations period for CSCMP's Emerging Leader Award closes February 14, 2020.

How sharing trusted data can unite the retail supply chain
Susan Pichoff of GS1 discusses a research study at Auburn University that's exploring how RFID, GS1 Standards, and blockchain can help overcome challenges in the supply chain industry.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.

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