CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 03, 2020

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2019

Three best practices for transitioning to a circular economy

Three best practices for transitioning to a circular economy

As companies invest in more sustainable practices, many are moving away from the traditional "take-make-dispose" linear economy and moving towards a more circular one. This model keeps materials within the economy as long as possible. To successfully transition to a more circular economy, companies must change how they design and create products, how they relate to their customers, and how they interact with other companies.

Six tips for attracting (and keeping) distribution labor

Six tips for attracting (and keeping) distribution labor

Facing low unemployment rates, retailers are having to get creative to recruit and retain distribution center employees, says the upcoming State of Retail Supply Chain study.

An appetite for challenges

Craig Weiss of Conagra Brands was drawn to logistics by the promise of lots of problems to solve. It's safe to say he hasn't been disappointed.
The automotive industry's journey toward the autonomous supply chain

The automotive industry's journey toward the autonomous supply chain

You have heard of self-driving cars, but what about self-driving supply chains? Although both concepts may still seem like a pipe dream, automotive companies like Mercedes-Benz USA have already started their journey toward the autonomous supply chain.
SKU rationalization: Finding the right balance between too many and too few

SKU rationalization: Finding the right balance between too many and too few

As customers' thirst for variety and customization rises, companies have responded by adding more and more stock keeping units (SKUs). But, how do you decide when "more" has become "too many"?
Bracing for changing seas

Bracing for changing seas

The maritime industry could see some major changes this upcoming year. IMO 2020, which governs ship emissions, will require significant investments in new fuel and/or technology. Meanwhile port expansion and upgrade efforts continue to boom across the United States.

Customer service starts from within

Creating a culture of good service within your organization might seem tough these days due to the lack of available talent. Companies need to start by finding a way to engage workers in their work.
Direct Connection

Navigating the generational divide

Millennials now make up half the workforce. It's important to learn what makes these diverse professionals tick, what motivates them, and how to attract and keep them.

Be present

There's no doubt that today's digital tools have enhanced our capabilities to do business. But they haven't replaced the value of being there.
Monetary Matters

Warning: Weak economy ahead

IHS Markit forecasts slower growth in 2020 for the industrial sector, which will negatively affect U.S. freight growth.
Forward Thinking

Six tips for attracting (and keeping) distribution labor

Facing low unemployment rates, retailers are having to get creative to recruit and retain distribution center employees, says the upcoming State of Retail Supply Chain study.

Report: Strong supply chains blend technology and humanity

The supply chain of the future requires a 60/40 blend of technology and human expertise, Coyote Logistics survey shows.

Digital transformation simmers in supply chain planning circles

Study finds most companies are still formulating and gaining support for a digital strategy, with fear of change and data challenges as leading roadblocks.

Retailers look to 5G, AR for competitive edge in 2020

Nielsen study says smart supply chains need to anticipate consumers' demands.

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.

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.

Leaving China to avoid tariffs? Look before you leap

The costs and complexity of shifting sourcing to another country can potentially outweigh any tariff savings, said speakers at a recent trade and transportation conference.
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The artificial intelligence revolution

CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.
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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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EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon

CSCMP's EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens on December 15.
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Distinguished Service Award nominations open

CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.
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Healthcare supply chain preps to avoid drug shortages
Survey points to potential shortages of antivirals, others used to treat Covid-19; recommends 'dynamic allocation' approach to ensure front-line workers and those with chronic conditions remain supplied.

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3M continues to ramp up production and speed supply of N95 respirators
Manufacturer expects to be producing 50 million per month in the U.S. by June; steps up efforts to combat counterfeiting, price gouging during pandemic.

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Report: PPE market set for exponential growth
Global sales of masks and respirators soars; projected to reach between $8 billion and $10.7 billion, depending on spread of Covid-19 virus.

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Report: Real-time supply chain visibility is key focus of 'retail winners'
Industry research shows that the most successful retailers are determined to "see" the supply chain in motion, and identifies forecasting as a key opportunity for all.

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Report: 5 actions to take in a disruptive economy
Consulting group outlines five steps companies can take now to improve business in disruptive times.

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Commentary: Getting B2B digital sales right in the wake of COVID-19
Social distancing measures are making it even more important for companies to have a digitally enabled sales and supply chain operations.

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Supply chain companies to launch healthcare industry exchange
Digital clearinghouse will match available inventory to hospitals' needs, addressing shortages, increased demand for medical supplies.

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Port of New York and New Jersey expects another strong week amid Covid-19 pandemic
Workers delivered 53,000 containers to customers last week, as ports work to keep supply lines running.

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Industry groups urge Americans to "thank a trucker"
#thankatrucker campaign urges businesses, consumers to recognize the work truck drivers are doing to keep trade flowing across the United States.

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Demand for inventory, e-commerce fuels long-term outlook for logistics real estate
COVID-19 and economic recession top the list of five themes shaping the logistics real estate market, report shows.

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CSCMP to grant free conference registration, membership to three veterans
Applicants will have served in supply chain or logistics field in military and be looking for a job.

CSCMP and Trimble Transportation host video contest for young supply chain professionals
Winner will receive complimentary registration to CSCMP EDGE Conference.

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.