CSCMP Hot Topics

Each issue of CSCMP Hot Topics is a member-only benefit. Issues are written by a leading expert, thought leader, and/or researcher and focus on newly emerging research from CSCMP or other organizations; hot trends and emerging industry insights; and/or journal articles that expose a new perspective or finding that has emerged as a critical issue. Hot Topics provide a quick way to keep up with a changing supply chain management industry and marketplace. Every issue is brief, at no more than 2-4 pages (similar to sister publications CSCMP Explores… and CSCMP Global Perspectives).

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This issue of CSCMP Hot Topics summarizes a research report examining global managerial expectations for the use of Big Data in supply chain management (SCM) relationships. CODE-HT
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This Featured Sponsor Hot Topic is a powerpoint presentation exploring the framework for tomorrow's aftermarket, with a focus on After-Sales Services supply chain operations: Parts, Products, People, and Pricing into Performance, Positioning, Penetration, and Process. CODE-HT
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A research team of supply chain management professors and consultants launched a three-year study for CSCMP on how supply chain management operations (SCMOs) are organized. The team studied 24 firms in-depth, and then completed a survey with over 300 respondents. The team analyzed this survey data, and presented their findings at the 2012 CSCMP Annual Global Conference in Atlanta. CODE-HT
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Offshoring: For over 20 years, there has been considerable growth of offshoring to China and other low-cost countries. The popular press suggests that times may be changing. Will this trend continue? Will there be any new preferred offshore locations, or are some manufacturing jobs starting to move closer to the geographic regions where customers/consumers are located? CODE-HT
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This issue of CSCMP Hot Topics reports on a study using meta-analysis to further detail the relationship between environmentally sustainable supply chain practices and performance. The research team considers particular practice dimensions and suggests which may offer the greatest contribution to organization and supply chain performance. CODE-HT
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This issue of CSCMP Hot Topics covers the emergence of resource scarcity as a significant supply risk for industries and firms that must maintain affordable access to resources needed to satisfy consumer demand. How supply chain managers prepare their companies today will have a major impact on the performance of their supply chains in a resource-constrained future. CODE-HT
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Zero-Based Budgeting for Supply Chain Information Technology: Creating a Highly Efficient IT Budget Aligned With Business Goals explores zero-based budgeting (ZBB), a business transformation initiative that starts every annual budgeting process anew and in the context of supply chain IT budgeting, serves as a useful tool to bring focus on savings from not just the “what” but the “how.” CODE-HT
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Three-dimensional (3D) printing is gaining popularity among consumers, but what are its implications and potential applications for manufacturers and their supply chain partners? Like the digital revolution of the last two decades, the most significant, revolutionary, and impactful applications coming out of 3D printing are those that are not yet apparent—those that will come from innovative minds and organizations applying these technologies in truly novel ways. CODE-HT
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Recent research examined the roles that communication, coordination, and cooperation play in enabling supply chain agility. Despite a variety of research proposing supply chain agility as indispensable criteria for gaining competitive advantage, no research to date has empirically established the link between supply chain agility and firm performance. This issue of Hot Topics examines the relationship between supply chain agility and firm performance. CODE-HT
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Dal-Tile (a business unit of Mohawk Industries) and Transplace first discussed the idea of “density based” transportation collaboration in late 2010. Fast forward to October of 2012, and they, along with partners Convermex, Werner Co., and Whirlpool, were awarded First Place in the Supply Chain Innovation Award™ competition held by CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain. Through the collaborative process, Transplace and Dal-Tile developed a process model that they believe can change the... Details
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To help companies effectively implement store-level distribution resource planning (DRP) and maximize the value they can gain from it, in 2012 the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association produced a best practices guideline called The Ultimate Retail Supply Chain Machine: Connecting the Consumer to the Factory that covers both store-level DRP implementation and its integration into business processes across the supply chain. This issue of CSCMP Hot Topics... Details
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Fuel surcharges became a common occurrence between shippers and carriers starting in August 1999, when diesel fuel prices rose to $1.20 per gallon in the United States. While fuel charges are commonly used, shippers and carriers have often disagreed about how they should be fairly applied, and some shippers persistently attempt to refigure their fuel surcharges in an attempt to reduce their total transportation costs. In order to understand how shippers adjust components of their... Details
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“Big Data” seems to be a big buzzword, but there is limited agreement regarding what it is, what purpose it serves, and what it means for the future of SCM. Many consultants and other experts believe that it will revolutionize industry in a major way by enabling supply chain (SC) managers to make more informed, data-driven decisions. However, more conservative companies suggest that Big Data’s SC value is overblown and that it is little more than an extension of “analytics.”... Details
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Today’s rapid increase in globalization has resulted in highly complex service supply chains, requiring local execution and adaptation across continents, time zones, languages and cultures. As products manufactured in one location move across the globe, the resulting service requirements are often the most critical component in determining the ultimate success or failure of a product line, business unit or country operation. This Featured Sponsor Hot Topic explores how global... Details
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Too often, an initially successful supply chain innovation fails to reach its full potential. Most of us can probably think of a transformative effort that delivered fantastic results early on, only to fade away over time. In other cases, successful improvements launched in a given location fail to take hold in other sites across the network or enterprise. This issue of CSCMP Hot Topics discusses an important capability of supply chain innovation—the ability to sustain and... Details
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“Blockchain” is a technology that promises to revolutionize the way companies transact with each other. While financial institutions are spending time and resources to find out how much business they can gain by adopting blockchain technology, corporations do not share the same excitement, nor is it clear whether blockchain technology creates similar business opportunities for each side. Learn to what degree blockchain technology is part of corporate supply chain management... Details
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CSCMP, in conjunction with Competitive Insights, LLC, has been researching sources of supply chain risk and potential ways to mitigate those risks. Through this research, the Supply Chain Risk Identification Structure (SCRIS) was developed to provide the supply chain industry with a reference model for identifying, mitigating, and measuring significant supply chain operating risks within the broader context of overall operating risk. The structure is intended to help facilitate... Details
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In August 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) passed new rules regarding the responsibilities of public corporations to disclose information on the existence of conflict minerals in the companies’ respective supply chains. These rules have already taken effect and deadlines for compliance were in May of 2014. Companies with supply chains that have potential exposure to conflict minerals can produce and manage the information necessary to comply with these rules and... Details
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This issue of CSCMP Hot Topics covers supply chain regulations with significant implications for supply chain management. Two important pieces of legislation affected food and drug supply chains: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety and Modernization Act (FDASIA). FMSA was signed into law on January 4, 2011 and expanded the FDA’s authority over the nation’s food supply and, particularly, food imports. It also signaled a change in... Details
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The most successful supply chain leaders are deeply engaged in the details of the operations and are able to manage highly complex organizations. To position themselves for senior general management roles, however, supply chain leaders need to actively build a broader set of skills and experiences. What do I need to do to make the leap into general management (GM)? It is a question supply chain management leaders ask often. In fact, the supply chain management function can be an... Details
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In the midst of a tepid global economic recovery, the prospects for expanding roles, widespread employment opportunities, and solid salary growth seems out of place. Yet, this is the reality for today’s supply chain professionals. Though the outlook is bright for supply chain professionals, organizations face a talent supply-demand gap. Recognizing the importance of this issue and the critical need for organizations to enhance their SCM human capital, the Council of Supply Chain... Details
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Supply chains, which once functioned almost on autopilot, face many dangers today in both the global and the domestic market. Over the last decade, many companies faced extreme supply chain challenges that stretched their capabilities to the breaking point. Both the preponderance of natural disasters and huge economic swings caused extreme challenges across the supply chain. These challenges have not diminished. The aim of this Hot Topics edition is to provide practical guidelines... Details