CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Procurement
January 21, 2019

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.

Commentary: From a patchwork of solutions to unbroken digital thread

A cloud-based procurement network can knit together previously disparate data to reveal patterns and trends that can unlock supply chain efficiency.

What is intuition's role in the supply chain?

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

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.

Planning for the unexpected: How "what-if" costing reduces global risk

Cost simulation can help retailers and others that source internationally to reduce unpredictability in their landed costs.

When suppliers and their customers don't see eye to eye

New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.

More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte

Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

The Power of People: McCormick & Company's procurement transformation

When the spice and flavoring company adopted a long-term strategy focused on global growth, the procurement team stepped up with a bold plan to reshape their priorities and organizational structure. The initiative has exceeded expectations, with more improvements to come.

New report touts benefits of using group purchasing organizations for health-care supplies

Research commissioned by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association says health-care GPOs typically save members up to 18 percent on supplies while also creating a more competitive marketplace.

How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships

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

Starved for resources?

Sustainable procurement now has management's attention. But a recent study finds that executives may not be willing to commit the human and financial resources needed for such programs to succeed.

What growing nationalism may mean for procurement

A report from the software and consulting company GEP argues that rising nationalism will mean increases in procurement costs and a growing need for risk-mitigation plans.

Lack of internal resources and talent may hinder procurement's digital transformation

A survey by The Hackett Group suggests that procurement organizations are moving forward with major technology implementations without having the needed skills and internal resources.

As minimum wages rise, procurement must be ready to respond

With 21 U.S. states increasing their minimum wages in 2017, expect to see some suppliers asking for a price hike.

Procurement: It's time to automate!

Fintech services can free up time for procurement professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.

Map your way to an effective sourcing strategy

This business-process mapping technique, designed specifically for procurement, can help you identify which relational and economic sourcing models are right for your company.

Going through a merger? Procurement plays an important role

The procurement department is indispensable when it comes to delivering the savings promised by a corporate merger.

"The Fierce Urgency of Now": Why working with minority suppliers still matters

Some corporations have been questioning the importance of minority-owned businesses to their commercial relationships and supply chains. Yet, the author explains in this essay, it's become increasingly clear that diversity and inclusion fuel growth for businesses as well as for the economy at large.

Tackling the tactical with procurement outsourcing

Outsourcing tactical procurement can help companies focus on adding value.

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Helped by global economic and trade conditions, port sees 5 percent increase in volume over 2017.

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DHL Supply Chain addresses talent gap
Contract logistics firm improves hiring and retention of warehouse workers with automation, focused recruiting, company says.

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UPS launches Saturday pickup service for U.S exporters
Customers can schedule Saturday pickup for delivery as early as Monday in 57 international markets, company says.

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Survey: consumers demand same-day delivery, but don't want to pay for it
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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.

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Logistics provider lists top supply chain trends for 2019
Robotics, digital transportation solutions are among the key trends that will shape the supply chain landscape this year, DHL leaders say.

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Retailers throttle back imports after rush to beat China tariffs, holiday peak
NRF, Hackett report forecasts declining volumes as stores have already stocked up on spring merchandise.

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JD.com says its fulfillment technology will support "boundaryless" shopping for other retailers
China's biggest retailer brings "retail as a service" model to CES trade show.

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Slowing economy spells pause for industrial real estate market
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Trade and tariffs top list of U.S. supply chain issues in 2019
Industry experts are keeping an eye on trade following signing of USMCA, 90-day tariff pause.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces
Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame nominations are open
Industry professionals have until February 1, 2019 to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

The age of transparency
CSCMP publication takes a look at how supply chains can become more transparent to meet consumers' evolving needs.

ALAN presents Humanitarian Logistics Awards to supporters of disaster relief efforts
The nonprofit organization recognized long-time humanitarian Alison Thompson and five logistics organizations during the CSCMP EDGE Conference.

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