CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 22, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 2 2019

Is demand planning ready for AI?

Technology
Is demand planning ready for AI?

Many companies are excited about the possibility that artificial intelligence could improve the accuracy of their demand plans. However, there are several significant hurdles that they must overcome first.

Strategy

High-flying bird: interview with Keller Rinaudo

While many question whether drone deliveries will ever happen in the developed world, Keller Rinaudo is already using autonomous aircraft to deliver medical supplies to remote locations in Africa.
Preparing for the fumble
Strategy

Preparing for the fumble

Just as every team fumbles the ball sometimes, every supply chain gets disrupted at one point or another. The trick is to be prepared beforehand so that you know how to respond. This preparation will not only help you get back up and running faster but may also lead to a competitive advantage.
The top 10 supply chain risks of 2019
Strategy

The top 10 supply chain risks of 2019

Modern supply chains are more complex and global than ever before. But that also leaves them open to a wider variety of risks and disruptions. Here are ten risks to track for the coming year.
Which emerging technologies will help you meet your supply chain challenges?
Technology

Which emerging technologies will help you meet your supply chain challenges?

The number of supply chain technologies keeps proliferating. But which ones should companies invest in now, and which ones are not yet ready for prime time?
The most important supply chain software that you don't know much about
Technology

The most important supply chain software that you don't know much about

Distributed order management systems have been around since the 1990s and have proven to be essential for conducting omnichannel fulfillment. But many supply chain managers still do not know the full range of applications that the software can provide.
Columns
Monetary Matters

What's the road ahead for trucking?

A study by IHS Markit indicates that trucking will see an increase in demand and a shift toward alternative fuels and new technology.
Perspective

Farewell, Big K

The demise of my local retailer has me pondering: What went wrong?
Direct Connection

The future of managing inventory flow

With the rise of e-commerce, CSCMP seeks to help companies and supply chain professionals find solutions to their inventory management challenges, especially in urban areas.
Reflections

What's over the horizon?

Instead of reacting to supply chain risks as they come, organizations should have an integrated anticipatory process.
Afterword

Can it get any hotter?

Retail remains a white-hot sector in logistics, and it's still heating up.
Forward Thinking

Trade experts counsel measured response to China tariffs

Warning there may be more pain ahead, speakers at an international trade conference offered do's and don'ts for mitigating the impact of higher tariffs on Chinese goods.

Survey finds trade, tariffs still top business concern

Small and mid-sized businesses are expanding their international reach to offset impact of China tariffs, DHL Express report shows.

Digital transformation highlights talent crunch

Procurement organizations must transform and "reskill" existing staff to meet the demands of a digital business services environment, study says.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

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.
CSCMP Notebook

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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Forward Thinking
Maritime port operators see great promise in artificial intelligence
AI could improve operational consistencies and enhance equipment utilization, Navis survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Developers building multi-story DCs for urban home delivery
Amazon effect drives demand for new breed of warehouse, Innovo and Prologis say at CSCMP Edge.

Forward Thinking
10 steps on how to automate your warehouse
Looking to add automation to your warehouse? Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy shares the 10-step formula it followed to successfully automate nine warehouses.

Forward Thinking
New RateLinx solution helps companies use logistics data to guide strategy
Data platform provider unveils dashboard and analytics solution at CSCMP EDGE.

Forward Thinking
Tapping into young talent
Being honest about expectations and building a culture of trust are key ways to attract and retain millennial workers.

Forward Thinking
ALAN honors Amazon.com Inc., Total Quality Logistics for humanitarian efforts
Organizations win ALAN's Outstanding Contribution Award during CSCMP Edge show.

Forward Thinking
Self-driving truck technology is outpacing legislation and regulation in many states, CSCMP panel says
Autonomous freight tech could be ready for highways by 2025, but rules and regs will slow its roll, experts say.

Forward Thinking
C.H. Robinson invests $1 billion in innovation and technology
The third-party logistics company will make the technology investments over the next five years.

Forward Thinking
Panel highlights the important role of culture in global trade
Supply chain executives at the CSCMP EDGE Conference give tips and tricks for how to learn about culture of your global supply chain partners.

Forward Thinking
Want more online business? Improve your returns process, study shows
State of Online Returns study shows that retailers are failing to deliver a good customer experience when it comes to returning items—and that even Amazon has room for improvement.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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