CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Manufacturing
May 19, 2019

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.

Automotive supply chain braces for change

USMCA will yield long-term gains, but short-term cost increases will shift supply chain landscape, company survey shows.

Delivering on "direct to consumer" in the CPG industry

Selling direct to the consumer poses an attractive option for consumer product goods (CPG) companies looking to grow sales. But do the benefits outweigh the risks and challenges?

Talent shortage to hit manufacturing hard

As many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next 10 years due to widening skills gap, study shows.

Commentary: Manufacturing quality reimagined: The hidden power of your data

Manufacturers that only use quality data in a reactive manner at the local plant level are missing out on opportunities to generate large-scale, enterprisewide savings.

Toward supply chain agility: The case of the Australian manufacturing sector

Supply chain agility is a significant lever and capability for organizations, industries, and economies. This proposed road map helps operations and supply chain managers to identify strategies for improving their supply chain agility from both strategic and operational perspectives.

Using supply chain-enabled PLCM to boost margin growth

In a world where frequent product innovation is a must, a platform life-cycle management strategy can help companies tame complexity while improving profitability.

Manufacturing from the ground up

A deep-rooted commitment to product quality and to supporting the individuals who sell its products guides Amway's global manufacturing strategy. In some cases, that means controlling the supply chain from the farm forward.

Click "NEXT" to print your supply chain

Research confirms that three-dimensional printing is already revolutionizing supply chains. Here's what is actually happening in the market, along with10 considerations for anyone who's exploring adoption of this technology.

Envisioning SCM 4.0: The view from Japan

New research reveals how Japanese manufacturing companies are designing supply chain strategies to support "Industry 4.0."

To thrive in the future, manufacturing will have to get "smarter"

To respond to demand more quickly, manufacturers will need to incorporate big data, advanced analytics, and other technologies into their operations, according to a white paper from UPS.

Will U.S. manufacturing be back on top?

A new report predicts that by 2020 the United States will replace China as the most competitive manufacturing nation.

Full circle

Reverse supply chain management and closed-loop recycling reintroduce reusable parts and materials into the forward supply chain. Manufacturers, consumers, and even the planet can benefit from this practice.

Ten ways the manufacturing supply chain will transform itself in 2016 (and beyond)

The next 24 months will bring radical changes in manufacturers' supply chain strategies and operations, says analyst group IDC. The drivers: technologies such as cloud-based commerce networks, demand-sensing technology, and 3-D printing.

Regionalized supply chains are on the rise

Trends in the engineering and manufacturing sector, such as growing demand from emerging markets and an increase in product customization, are requiring companies to change how they organize their supply chains, says a DHL report.

A leap forward in 3-D printing?

A new technology might finally make additive manufacturing faster and cheaper.

How Diageo reduced risk in Asia

By tailoring its supply chain strategy for specific product segments, the global beverage company reduced the risk of disruption to its growing Asian business. In the process, it gained a competitive advantage in this vast and variable market.

Conflict minerals and corporate supply chains: The challenge of complying with Dodd-Frank

In just a few months, publicly traded U.S. companies will have to report their use of certain minerals and their derivatives to the government. Not ready just yet? Here's how to get your compliance efforts under way.

Get ready for the "software-defined supply chain"

As new technologies transform manufacturing from an activity defined by hardware and logistics constraints to one that's largely defined by software, supply chain leaders will have to completely reshape their product manufacturing and design processes. Most look unprepared to meet that challenge.

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Colgate-Palmolive claims top spot in Gartner 'top 25' ranking
Company rises from fourth place in 2018 thanks to financial performance, aligned organization, corporate social responsibility.

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Logistics providers wary of 2019 hurricane season
Companies apply lessons learned from painful storms in past years.

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AI leads the way in supply chain technology, survey shows
Real-time visibility is the top supply chain priority in 2019, driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, JDA/KPMG survey reveals.

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Gartner: Before you dive into digital, be sure you have a strong foundation
Keynote presenters at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference dream of a future where the digital and physical supply chains are combined, but caution that most companies are not there yet.

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Descartes Systems Group acquires Core Transport Technologies
Deal strengthens software company's mail, parcel, and cargo tracking solutions footprint and boosts global e-commerce capabilities, company says.

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Commentary: Four steps to becoming a "shipper of choice"
With high demand, tight capacity, and a continuing shortage of drivers, trucking companies can afford to be choosy about which loads they take. Here's how to make yours more appealing.

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Supply chain tasks weigh heavy in healthcare, survey shows
Clinicians and supply chain managers say supply chain-related tasks are causing stress and affecting patient care, according to Cardinal Health survey.

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Retail imports rising under threat of higher tariffs, report says
The nation's major retail container ports are preparing for unusually high levels of imports this spring and throughout the summer, NRF's latest Global Port Tracker shows.

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Warehouse demand stays sky-high, real estate firm says
Trend driven by e-commerce logistics, distribution, and warehousing, says Avison Young.

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Verizon: hackers are targeting C-level executives with social engineering attacks
Cybercrime endangers supply chain information, cloud-based solutions, customer data, report says.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP to unveil 30th Annual State of Logistics Report in June
This year's report will be released June 18, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

NASSTRAC spring meeting to focus on federal regulations and legislation
In addition to a full day of educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders and discuss topics affecting transportation.

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.

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