CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 23, 2019

Current Issue Table of Contents

Big data's growing pains

Technology
Big data's growing pains

Big data analytics implementations are up, but satisfaction with those implementations is down, according to a recent survey. Why are companies frustrated with their attempts to harness the power of large sets of supply chain data?

Smart packaging: challenges and opportunities in the supply chain
Technology

Smart packaging: challenges and opportunities in the supply chain

New packaging technologies have the ability to monitor a product and its environment and act on any changes in the two. These innovations have the potential to dramatically improve supply chain operations, but companies must first overcome some significant challenges.
Strategy

The customer's warrior

Dave Bozeman, vice president of Amazon Transportation Services, says he wakes up every day ready to "go to war for the customer." And he wouldn't have it any other way.
Why additive manufacturing needs blockchain
Manufacturing

Why additive manufacturing needs blockchain

While additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) has the potential to greatly reduce shipping costs and make operations more efficient, it can also make the supply chain more vulnerable to cyberattacks and counterfeiting. Blockchain technology may hold the answer for increasing security.
Legally sound procurement: how to add legal value to the purchase of goods and services
Procurement

Legally sound procurement: how to add legal value to the purchase of goods and services

A simple but revolutionary change in the process of negotiating procurement contracts can dramatically improve a buyer's position. Getting legal experts involved right from the beginning saves time, allows for a better assessment of proposals, and may lead to more favorable contract terms. Above all, it ensures fully informed decisions.
The Age of Autonomy, Part 2: How vehicle ecosystems will create new business and job opportunities
Technology

The Age of Autonomy, Part 2: How vehicle ecosystems will create new business and job opportunities

In a future where autonomous vehicles will be in wide use, an array of complementary services and technologies—autonomy "ecosystems"—will be needed to support them. Supply chain leaders should start thinking now about how their companies and employees can participate in these revolutionary new opportunities.
Columns
Perspective

The future may be here now

The technologies that could shape tomorrow's supply chains might already be available—if only we knew how to apply them.
Direct Connection

Building a stronger community

CSCMP aims to strengthen the relationship between shippers and carriers with its newest initiative, NASSTRAC's Strategic Shipper Program.
Afterword

Robots won't put you in the unemployment line

Robots will soon transform the workplace in amazing ways, but they will not throw you out of work.
Reflections

Develop a war plan for supply chain disruptions

When it comes to handling supply chain disruptions, commercial organizations should steal a page or two from the military's playbook.
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.

Gartner flags 10 strategic tech trends for 2019

Convergence of emerging technologies will create disruption and spawn new business models, firm says.

Study describes eight best practices for supply chain integration under a single executive

Practice presents unique challenges, Univ. of Tennessee whitepaper says.

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.

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.

KPMG predicts revolution in last-mile logistics

Use of autonomous delivery vehicles will drastically change consumer e-commerce environment by 2040, research study says.

Slowing economy spells pause for industrial real estate market

But savvy developers will pursue inland port opportunities and growing demand for urban fulfillment centers, new research shows.

Study: e-commerce trends are shrinking average length of truck trips

ATRI report finds growth of urban last-mile delivery has prompted shift of jobs from department stores to courier services and fulfillment centers.

Retailers slow to automate supply chain processes

Supply chain digitization is crucial to creating seamless omnichannel experiences, but few retailers have taken the plunge, survey says.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP European Conference registration is open

The two-day conference in Warsaw, Poland, will focus on real-world strategies companies can implement to maximize and transform their supply chains.
CSCMP Notebook

Hot Topic: Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations

CSCMP publication offers key steps companies can take to get the most out their data.
CSCMP Notebook

On the air with CSCMP ...

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has launched a new podcast series, "Supply Chain Conversation." Now members have the chance to participate.
Research for the Real World

Can your supply chain relationships affect your company's credit rating?

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Latest Video

The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
Richie Etwaru, founder and CEO at Hu-manity.co, which classifies human data as human property, joins us from the MHI Fall 2018 Conference, where he delivered a keynote on blockchain applications and its promise for the future of supply chains.

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Forward Thinking
Truck reservation system drives productivity at Port of Virginia
TRS is reducing turn times and improving flow at the gates, port officials say.

Forward Thinking
Oracle updates Supply Chain Management Cloud for team communication
Blockchain tools will enable era of supply chain transparency, firm says.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce firms flex their muscles on DC site selection
Growing heft gives e-commerce and 3PL firms greater location in picking warehouse locations.

Forward Thinking
Logistics industry growth slows in February
The Logistics Manager's Index fell more than a point from January but remained in growth territory, industry group reports.

Forward Thinking
Companies honored for blockchain-enabled traceability initiative
Trade group recognizes five companies for their work on the MediLedger Project, aimed at improving supply chain efficiency, effectiveness and safety.

Forward Thinking
Logistics community aids post-tornado relief efforts
American Logistics Aid Network is mobilizing the logistics community to support disaster-relief efforts in the Southeast in the wake of recent tornadoes and floods.

Forward Thinking
Study: Companies over-emphasize technology in digital transformation strategies
U.S. businesses lack focus on people, processes and partnerships when it comes to adapting to an increasingly digital business world, Telstra study shows.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain challenges demand digital solutions, HighJump says
Software provider leverages parent's resources to develop AI, IoT, big data tools in Korber Digital Lab.

Forward Thinking
ATRI study: Easing traffic congestion yields long-term gains
Infrastructure improvements can help trucking companies conserve fuel, reduce emissions and lower bills, study shows.

Forward Thinking
Survey: retailers lose more revenue from inaccurate inventory than theft
Retail robot vendor Bossa Nova says automation and robotics are better solution than employee cycle counts.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP's annual conference is looking toward the future
CSCMP EDGE Conference and Exhibition will be held in Anaheim, California September 15 - 18.

How customer experience is driving supply chain innovation
CSCMP's Hot Topic publication explores why innovation and customer experience are key factors for all businesses.

On the air with CSCMP ...
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has launched a new podcast series, "Supply Chain Conversation." Now members have the chance to participate.

CSCMP European Conference registration is open
The two-day conference in Warsaw, Poland, will focus on real-world strategies companies can implement to maximize and transform their supply chains.

Hot Topic: Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations
CSCMP publication offers key steps companies can take to get the most out their data.

CSCMP