CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 12, 2019

Issue Archives: Quarter 3 2019

Riders on the storm

Logistics
Riders on the storm

The volatility in the transportation market may leave shippers feeling more than a little seasick. A recent industry report offers suggestions for how to make it through these tumultuous times.

Technology

5 questions about 5G

You've heard a lot of chatter about the new 5G cellular wireless network, but what does it mean for supply chain operations? Here are answers to five basic questions.
How to respond faster to changing customer needs
Logistics

How to respond faster to changing customer needs

This excerpt from the new book Customer-Driven Disruption explains four steps companies can take to react quickly to changing customer preferences and deliver their products or services with little to no disruptions.
A practical guide to managing unused assets
Finance

A practical guide to managing unused assets

Unused-asset write-offs are an unintended consequence of improvements to the supply chain. By following a defined, rule-based process, it is possible to improve internal reuse of unused assets and thereby lower the costs associated with write-offs and the purchase of new equipment.
Is blockchain perfect for the supply chain?
Technology

Is blockchain perfect for the supply chain?

At first blush, it seems like blockchain's distributed ledger technology could be the perfect solution to many of the supply chain's problems. But before companies can reap the benefits of this exciting new technology, they must be thoughtful about where to apply it and how to overcome a few key stumbling blocks.
Strategy

The master supply chain builder

Recently honored with CSCMP's prestigious Distinguished Service Award, Kathy Wengel—Johnson & Johnson's top supply chain executive—has dedicated her career to building diverse teams that create world-class supply chains.
Digital supply chain transformation: Taking the first step
Technology

Digital supply chain transformation: Taking the first step

While the benefits of digitizing the supply chain are obvious, getting there can be a challenge. Companies are often tempted to start by experimenting with cool new technology in hopes of achieving a scalable change in supply chain costs and service. Taking a structured, business impact-driven approach, however, leads to better, faster results.
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Direct Connection

Keep an eye out for change

Today's supply chain professional needs to be able to route freight while also constantly scanning the horizon for future trends and developments.
Afterword

Should we listen to conventional wisdom?

Sometimes what we all thought to be true turns out to be wrong.
Perspective

No silver bullet

The complexity of today's supply chains underscores the need for good information to make the right decisions.
Reflections

What is going to come out of "the sausage factory"?

The federal government can do remarkable things. They are worried about supply chain integrity. Can we trust Congress to do the right thing?
Monetary Matters

Trade wars and tariffs: Understanding the risks to your supply chain

The U.S. tariffs on goods imported from China will have far-reaching effects beyond the two countries involved. Even seemingly not effected companies may need to reassess their sourcing strategies.
Forward Thinking

Consumers grow impatient with high shipping costs for oversized items

Most online shoppers will avoid retailers that charge high shipping costs and have long delivery windows, study finds.

Demand for fulfillment robots to soar

Global study predicts deployment of nearly 600,000 autonomous mobile robots for order fulfillment by 2023—excluding Amazon.

Analytics, green logistics rank high in 3PL study

24th Annual third-party-logistics study underscores demand for responsive, cost-effective, and greener supply chains.

Careful processes can generate profit from product returns, Geodis says

The key is matching the right method to the right product, from food to smartphones to toys, 3PL says in CSCMP Edge session.

How Walmart chooses which tech to implement in its supply chain

Walmart executive outlines the principles that guided three technology implementations.

Tapping into young talent

Being honest about expectations and building a culture of trust are key ways to attract and retain millennial workers.

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.

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.

Report: Technology is transforming the logistics industry

Communication technology and integrated platforms top list of software investments that will yield the highest ROI for logistics operations.
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CSCMP Notebook

2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report

Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.
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Acme's Doug Sampson on the value of lifelong learning in a world of constant change
Doug Sampson, senior VP of Acme Distribution Centers Inc., joins us from CSCMP's 2019 annual EDGE Conference to discuss his experiences, how much has changed in the logistics world, and the principles of business success that still hold true today.

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Forward Thinking
Study finds disconnect in B2B buyer-seller relationship
B2B buyers are growing increasingly frustrated as sellers miss the mark when it comes to blending digital goals with the customer experience.

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Report: Consumers prefer to shop locally
Survey finds that most consumers would bypass Amazon for local retailers if they could get same-day delivery—even if they had to pay for it.

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MIT engineers develop flexible, 'plant-like' robot
Designed to grow like a plant, the flexible yet sturdy robot can move through tight spaces and lift heavy loads, expanding the role of robotics in industrial settings, researchers say.

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Businesses ready for peak-season online sales growth
Despite global economic concerns, 70% of businesses expect an increase in e-commerce sales this holiday season, DHL survey shows.

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Report: RFID tags see steady growth for apparel, payment cards, farm animals
Production forecast to grow from 17.5 billion tags in 2018 to 20 billion in 2019, IDTechEx says.

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Industry growth continues to slow, LMI report shows
Business activity in the logistics sector slowed to its lowest growth rate in three years last month, according to the latest Logistics Manager's Index report.

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CPO Survey: Economic, political risks top agenda
Chief procurement officers say they will cut costs to fight slowing economy and trade threats, Deloitte study shows.

Forward Thinking
Report: Speed matters this holiday season
Consumer survey reveals shoppers' need for speed, not just free shipping, as the peak delivery season nears.

Forward Thinking
82% of small businesses say global trade drives economic growth
Participating in international trade helps improve the economy and create American jobs, FedEx survey of U.S. small-businesses shows.

Forward Thinking
Retailers look to 5G, AR for competitive edge in 2020
Nielsen study says smart supply chains need to anticipate consumers' demands.

CSCMP Notebook
2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.

2019 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Snap-on Tools and vendor FastFetch were honored for their use of artificial intelligence to slash shipping costs.

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.

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