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We hope you enjoy the Spring issue of Supply Chain Directions, our quarterly e-newsletter linking you to a short list of leading, timely, and relevant white papers and articles in the areas of Supply Chain Design, Transportation Planning, Inventory Planning, Global Supply Chain Management, Sustainability and Performance Analytics.   


Spotlight
Rethink Transportation Service Procurement (PDF)
LOG India
By Nithin Rajagopal, Chainalytics LLC
Still looking for an effective way to optimise your transportation spend? Try a “bid event.” 

Blog:  Leveraging Supply Chain “Families” to Gain an Edge
By Tim Brown, Chainalytics LLC
Multi-business unit corporations are much like families. In a corporation, each business unit tailors its infrastructure to its own needs while staying within the overall framework of the corporate operating model.


Supply Chain Design
Supply Chain News:  Asset-Oriented Supply Chains Need Supply Chain Network Optimization More Than Ever
SupplyChainDigest, November 2009
SC Digest Editorial Staff
Tools Now Used for Range of Planning Horizons, Manufacturing Insights Says; the Difference between Making it or Not in this Recession?

Commentary: Modeling Your Competitor’s Supply Chain: The Untold Story
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, February 22, 2010
By James A. Cooke, Editor
Supply chain design software offers a tool for modeling a rival’s network and performance. But few companies seem to be taking advantage of that opportunity.


Transportation
Interest in Fleet Wwnership Holding Steady
DC Velocity, December 8, 2009
By Clifford F. Lynch
Motor carrier capacity may be in plentiful supply at the moment, but that hasn’t dampened interest in private fleet ownership. Over the past several years, an increasing number of companies have been wrestling with the decision of whether to use for-hire carriers or operate their own fleets.  

Less-than-Truckload Market Update: Shrinking Toward Profitability
Logistics Management, March 1, 2010
By John D. Schulz, Contributing Editor
Amid unsustainable pricing levels, leaner LTL carriers are seeking higher rates as top industry executives predict “more LTLs to fold in 2010.” Here’s a closer look at trucking’s most diversified market. 


Inventory
At Kraft, Cash is King
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, Q1 Issue
By James A. Cooke, Editor
  
When Kraft Foods needed to cut costs and free up cash, its supply chain organization rose to the challenge. Better inventory turnover played a leading role in boosting cash flow by 20 percent. 

Forecast 2010: Supply Chains Must Prepare for Upward Demand Trends
Logistics Today, December 10, 2009
By Editorial Team
Kelly Thomas, senior VP of product strategy and planning with supply chain software vendor i2Technologies Inc., believes that “business as usual” is a thing of the past, thanks to the economic meltdown of the past two years. Going forward, he says, companies must actively refine their supply chains to be prepared for upward demand trends in 2010


Global Supply Chains
The Case for Backshoring
Strategy & Business, January 25, 2010
By William J. Holstein
For years, the NCR Corporation simply followed the pack. Like many other large U.S. manufacturing companies, in the past couple of decades the maker of automated teller machines (ATMs) relied heavily on offshoring and outsourcing to trim factory costs.  Which manufacturing operations should return to the United States?

Delivering the World – Navigating Obstacles in Pursuit of Global Supply Chain Optimization
STORES, February 2010
By Len Lewis
In the complex world of supply chain management, the concept of a “glass pipeline” remains something of a myth. But are economic and political issues, coupled with rapid-fire shifts in consumer demand, making it a business imperative?


Sustainability
‘Greening’ Transportation in the Supply Chain
MIT Sloan Management Review, January 1, 2010
By Susan L. Golicic, Courtney N. Boerstler and Lisa M. Ellram

Experts Urge Businesses to Plan Ahead for Carbon Rules
Journal Sentinel, March 6, 2010
By Thomas Content
As Congress moves to enact a federal system to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases, businesses are bracing for a variety of new mandates aimed at disclosing to investors the carbon risks they face.

 

Performance Analytics
New Report Cites Need for Business Intelligence in Supply Chain Operations
Supply Chain Management Review, March 18, 2010
By Sean Murphy
Business Intelligence (BI) services are not just for the top executives anymore. A new report suggests supply chain managers have sensed BI can help their day-to-day operations, too.

Business Intelligence & Analytics: Measuring Quality with Clearer, More Coherent and Fewer Metrics
SupplyChainBrain, February 26, 2010
By
Jorge García, BI Research Analyst, Technology Evaluation Centers 
Analyst Insight: Analyzing the right metrics is obviously essential for accomplishing the difficult task of maintaining and improving quality at every single step of the supply chain. Still, basic principles must first be applied in order to achieve better performance and accurately measure supply chain behavior.


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