CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 19, 2020

Issue Archives: Quarter 4 2019

Three best practices for transitioning to a circular economy

Strategy
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
Strategy

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.
Strategy

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
Strategy

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
Strategy

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
Logistics

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.
Columns
Perspective

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.
Afterword

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.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

The artificial intelligence revolution

CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.
CSCMP Notebook

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.
CSCMP Notebook

EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon

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

Distinguished Service Award nominations open

CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.
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ITA Presidents Forum offers global lift truck market insights
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Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
"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.

Forward Thinking
Global Healthcare Exchange acquires Lumere
Digital trading platform adds evidence-based data and analytics capabilities to support "clinically integrated" supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Container volumes expected to return to seasonal patterns in 2020 after tariff surges
Facing trade war uncertainty in 2019, traders had rushed imports and exports in recent months, NRF and Hackett report finds.

Forward Thinking
Donations to Australian wildfire victims swamp region's charity infrastructure
Despite challenges, country's businesses are maintaining supply chain operations thanks to "pre-planned resilience-led approaches," local disaster relief worker says.

Forward Thinking
Industry growth slows in December
Growth in the logistics sector continued its slowing trend last month, as the Logistics Manager's Index hit an all-time low of 54.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

The artificial intelligence revolution
CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.

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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