CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 24, 2020

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
Strategy

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.
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.

3 ways leading brands elevate their supply chain to win mind and wallet share

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Forward Thinking
Gartner: supply chain providers need to digitalize before blockchain can take root
In contrast to high-tech banking and finance sectors, supply chain still relies on physical events, packaging layers, transportation assets.

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Food & beverage companies claim growing share of warehouse space as consumers demand grocery home delivery
CBRE study shows that food sector was fastest growing in 2019, but e-commerce and logistics still lease the most space overall.

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Manufacturing slows in Asia as Chinese New Year begins Friday
Logistics operations build up extra inventory as calendar flips to Year of the Rat, Dachser says.

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Ports report mixed results for 2019
Container volume dips in L.A., Oakland; Port NOLA posts record year.

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Report: Manufacturing execs say global recession is likely in 2020
Trade restrictions, geopolitical instability remain top issues in the new year, but longer term outlook calls for trade improvements, tech firm survey shows.

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The future of last-mile logistics takes shape
From light-industrial properties to large multistory facilities, the urban logistics real-estate landscape is changing as shippers get a handle on the best warehousing strategies to tackle their "last-touch" challenges.

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Capgemini survey: millennial shoppers ready and willing for autonomous stores
Test cases in Norway and U.S. offer self-checkout aisles to extend store hours, source local vendors.

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Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains
Salesforce, Publicis Sapient, IBM Services, project44, and Flooid collaborate to help solve returns, omnichannel, and logistics challenges—and ultimately improve the retail shopping experience.

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Wanted: Supply chain innovators
$750,000 global competition seeks experts to develop solutions to supply chain problems associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) worldwide.

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"Calmer waters" in trade wars could boost economy in 2020, Paul Ryan says
But long-range challenges include massive technology investments by China, former U.S. House speaker says in NRF keynote.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon
CSCMP's EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens on December 15.

Out with the old and in with the new
Instead of searching the website looking for materials, members can now access all of CSCMP's online learning materials via the E-Learning Hub.

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