CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 23, 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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Forklift safety every day
National Forklift Safety day is making a difference in reinforcing safe forklift operations. Executives from forklift manufacturers discuss the importance of this government-recognized day and how the Industrial Truck Association emphasizes safety.

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Forward Thinking
Food retailers adopt blockchain platforms for track and trace
Organo picks IBM Food Trust, Bumble Bee joins SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain.

Forward Thinking
Report: Logistics vital to evolving medical supply chain
DHL/American Airlines Cargo study details the future of medical logistics in Latin America and offers four solutions to support the development of "personalized medicine." 

Forward Thinking
Amazon to invest in "upskill" training
Online retailer to invest $700 million to train employees for in-demand jobs across the organization, including at its fulfillment centers and in its transportation network.

Forward Thinking
June retail sales beat forecasts despite tariff stress, NRF finds
NRF also predicts families will spend more than ever on back-to-school purchases this fall.

Forward Thinking
CBRE: logistics real estate supply ticked up slightly in second quarter
Expansion breaks nearly nine-year trend of declining warehouse space in historically tight market.

Forward Thinking
Small retailers try to put their personal stamp on Amazon's "Prime Day"
Impact of summer shopping peak sends ripples felt by competitors and carriers outside e-commerce giant's own network.

Forward Thinking
Logistics tech firm builds underground, automated warehouse
Site in parking garage will support one-hour grocery delivery in Tel Aviv, CommonSense Robotics says.

Forward Thinking
Tropical Storm Barry menaces Gulf Coast with threat of heavy rain
Port of New Orleans to close container and breakbulk terminals by noon on Friday.

Forward Thinking
Companies stalled on the road to full e-commerce implementation
Study shows that 60 percent of B2B companies and 70 percent of B2C companies have not yet fully implemented their e-commerce strategies.

Forward Thinking
Hub Group expands in Chicago
Transportation solutions company breaks ground on a second building, doubling the footprint at its Oak Brook, Ill., headquarters.

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.

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.

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.

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