CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 18, 2018

Current Issue Table of Contents

The coming Age of Autonomy: How robotics will reshape the future of logistics

Technology
The coming Age of Autonomy: How robotics will reshape the future of logistics

While some question the necessity of investing in autonomous vehicles, the potential for this nascent technology to create value and solve some long-standing logistical problems is undeniable. We will need to plan and prepare for the resulting disruption in business processes, operating costs, and economic models.

How secure is your IoT solution?
Technology

How secure is your IoT solution?

While the Internet of Things (IoT) opens up a wide range of opportunities for the supply chain, it is also vulnerable to cyberattacks. Using a threat model can help companies assess how secure their system is.
Strategy

The supply chain anthropologist

Consultant, academic, and author John Gattorna has been encouraging companies to rethink how they design their supply chains so that they put the human at the center.
Chocolate bars and population shifts: How Hershey's supply chain is adjusting to changing demographics
Strategy

Chocolate bars and population shifts: How Hershey's supply chain is adjusting to changing demographics

Tomorrow's workers and customers will look a lot different than yesterday's. For the most part, they will be older, more urban, and more diverse. Supply chains will need to adapt to these changes appropriately. Here's how one global candy company is doing just that.
The seven keys to managing process variations
Technology

The seven keys to managing process variations

Typical responses to process variation are often unnecessarily complex, costly, and inconsistent. The seven steps outlined here will help organizations avoid those problems while effectively controlling variations.
What private equity investments in transportation and logistics could mean for you
Finance

What private equity investments in transportation and logistics could mean for you

A growing number of private equity (PE) firms are buying transportation and logistics companies. Here's why they're so active in this space, and what this new ownership might mean for customers and suppliers.
Columns
Afterword

Rolling out a new product? Consult your supply chain team first

An estimated 80 to 90 percent of new product launches fail. A new study suggests that's partly because businesses overlook the supply chain in their planning.
Direct Connection

The edge we give ...

CSCMP continued its mission of connecting, educating, and developing supply chain professionals at this year's EDGE conference.
Perspective

Trade wars will mean supply chain pain

In its attempt to bring China to heel, the administration could do great harm to U.S. importers and their supply chain partners.
Monetary Matters

The state of the American consumer

Taking the pulse of the American consumer today reveals shifting spending patterns and some areas of concern, but overall a healthy prognosis.
Research for the Real World

How effective is crowdsourced logistics?

Forward Thinking

The maritime industry's digital future

Companies involved in ocean freight will need to embrace emerging technologies such as big data analytics, blockchain, and automated operations in order to stay afloat, says ABI Research.

Report: mobile robot revenue to reach $7 billion by 2022

Logistics fastest growing vertical market, demanding automation to handle e-commerce and omnichannel, Interact Analysis says.

How Unilever funds supply chain innovation

To encourage employees to be more innovative, the consumer packaged goods company set up a microfunding effort for small experimental supply chain implementations.

Home Depot launches pilot for ambitious outbound delivery plan

Four-year, $1.2 billion initiative aimed at making next-day deliveries to all U.S. customers.

Putting logistics on a low-carbon diet

New book explores ways to cut industry's greenhouse-gas footprint.

From supply chain to corner office: Beth Ford starts as Land O'Lakes CEO

Ford started at Land O'Lakes in 2012 as its chief supply chain officer.

Supply chains shift from global to local

A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.
Departments

2018 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report

Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2018 conference held in October in Nashville, Tennessee.
Latest Video

NASSTRAC's new home and focus on the future
Gail Rutkowski, executive director of the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), discusses the critical issues facing the industry and her group's new affiliation with CSCMP.

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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

Research for the Real World
How effective is crowdsourced logistics?
Forward Thinking
Shoppers value communication over convenience in the returns process, study shows
Transparent policies and proactive updates positively influence consumer perception and brand loyalty, according to Narvar study of 1,300 online shoppers.

Forward Thinking
Wanted: The Billy Beane of freight
The data produced by trucks' electronic logging devices could change the way that people manage transportation and logistics operations.

Forward Thinking
ALAN mobilizes logistics response to California wildfires
Hundreds of thousands of residents displaced and dozens killed as fires continue to burn.

Forward Thinking
Study describes eight best practices for supply chain integration under a single executive
Practice presents unique challenges, Univ. of Tennessee whitepaper says.

Forward Thinking
Companies report double-digit growth in industrial IoT usage
Industrial firms are getting more sophisticated in their use of IoT for asset management, customer services, IFS survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Future continues to look bright for transportation, logistics industry
Survey shows that logistics and transportation professionals optimistic about the U.S. economy, revenues, and profitability.

Forward Thinking
Artificial intelligence will trigger a new reality for logistics
Companies that don't adapt before their peers will get run over by this "technology train," GT Nexus exec tells 3PL conference.

Forward Thinking
Gartner flags 10 strategic tech trends for 2019
Convergence of emerging technologies will create disruption and spawn new business models, firm says.

Forward Thinking
The cost of a failed delivery continues to rise, survey shows
84 percent of shoppers are unlikely to return to a retailer after just one negative experience, Convey, Inc.'s third annual consumer expectations survey finds.

Forward Thinking
Geopolitics, technological innovation top global transport industry concerns
Majority of companies surveyed say autonomous trucks will be a "viable option" within the next 10 years, IRU study shows.

CSCMP Notebook
2018 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2018 conference held in October in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dell, Drucker, Stephenson, Gattorna feted by CSCMP
CSCMP's Hall of Fame inductions took place at association's annual EDGE conference in Nashville.

ALAN honors Alison Thompson with Lifetime Achievement Award; Home Depot, Estes, The Shippers Group also honored
The organization's Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize supply chain professionals and organizations who demonstrate their commitment to disaster relief efforts.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

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