Citation of Excellence Awards 2012

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The annual Citation of Excellence Awards recognize “the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 300 management journals in the world” Emerald Group Publishing Limited has now announced the winners of the 2012 Awards. All awarded articles are obviously well worth reading. This time, at least two articles related to supply chain management have been awarded: Manuj and Mentzer (2008): Global supply chain risk management and Roth et al.

CDP Supply Chain Report 2012

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The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has now published its Supply Chain Report 2012. Supply chain thinking enables managers to understand that indirect greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., those from the supply chain) often represent the lion’s share of a company’s total emissions. CDP Supply Chain members are about 50 companies who are requesting climate information from their suppliers.

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Supply Chain Management – A 2012 Priority


ChainLink Research and SupplyChainBrain just released “ Business Priorities 2012 – Research and Results ” which takes a look at where companies will invest in the coming year.

SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2012 (1/2)

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I have attended the CSCMP’s Supply Chain Management Educators’ Conference (SCMEC) in Atlanta. The conference offers a unique opportunity to meet many researchers, whose faces are obscured behind references for the rest of the year.

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Capgemini’s 2012 3PL Study Provides Great Insights

The Logistics of Logistics

The brilliant minds at Capgemini ( [link] ) have released their 2012 3PL study. Resources like the Capgemini 2012 3PL study is a great way to stay connected to market trends. The post Capgemini’s 2012 3PL Study Provides Great Insights appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. In their 16 th annual report, Capgemini shares their assessment of the 3PL market, along with special sections on emerging markets, electronics, talent management and strategic assessment.

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SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2012 (2/2)

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Three more SCM-related journals have announced the winners of best paper awards. First, the Journal of Operations Management has awarded the Jack Meredith Best Paper Award to Speier and her co-authors for their article Global supply chain design considerations: Mitigating product safety and security risks. Second, the Journal of Supply Chain Management has chosen the winner of the 2011 Harold E. Fearon Best Paper Award.

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Three Lies and a Truth

Supply Chain Shaman

reference Carbon Disclosure Project 2012). We will be sharing insights about these findings on Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 1:00 p.m. When new groups come together, the forming process is often awkward. Teams want to know each other, but introductions are strained.

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Outlook on the Logistics & Supply Chain Industry 2012

SCM Research

The report, Outlook on the Logistics & Supply Chain Industry 2012 , contains a series of articles on some of the key issues facing the logistics & supply chain industry, e.g., the role of logistics in the facilitation of international trade, the expansion of the Panama Canal, logistics clusters , the container shipping industry, sustainability, skills shortages, and supply chain risk.

2012 Supply Chain Predictions: Is the End of the World Nigh?

Supply Chain Network

But 2012 is an extra-special year; it carries heavy historical baggage chock full of dire predictions. Nostradamus painted a bleak picture of massive destruction and mayhem brought about by a comet in 2012.

Yes, I am a Zealot. I Still Believe. Do You?

Supply Chain Shaman

I take supply chain seriously. My friends might tell you TOO seriously. I think that the entire world should. I believe that better supply chain practices can save the world, and I think that it makes a difference in warfare and welfare.

Taming the Supply Chain. Will It Ever Be Social?

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain is knotted. It is unruly. It is complex. Will it ever be tamed through social? Yesterday, @DamarqueViews asked me a question on twitter: “What do you think are the greatest barriers in the adoption of social technology in the supply chain?” ” I laughed. Such a deep question on twitter. I tried and tried to figure out how I could answer this question in 140 characters on Twitter. I could not. It was preposterous to try.

Guest Viewpoint: What’s Driving Freight Costs Higher?

The Logistics of Logistics

The 2009 rates slowly increased to the current 2012 level. In November 2012, the CPM was $2.48/mile, of which over 81% of this cost resided in the three elements: fuel prices, labor wages, and truck / equipment costs. . Read the full article in November/December 2012 edition, Pharmaceutical Outsourcing , Vol.

Why Have We Not Reduced Inventory?

Supply Chain Shaman

“If only I had the money that the company was supposed to save from the multiple ERP and supply chain projects. There were a myriad of projects and we are at the same place that we were when we first started. I am a skeptic.

Herding Geese

Supply Chain Shaman

Geese fly in a v-shaped pattern and walk in single file. There are well-established patterns of leadership. Smaller flocks fare better than large ones. When they lose their leaders, many liken it to a wild goose chase. But, can they be herded? Last week, I visited GXS.

How Did We Get it All Wrong?

Supply Chain Shaman

I recommended that Steve take the last four years of shipment data, and give the technology vendors 2009-2011 and ask them to forecast 2012. He would then compare the output of the pilot to the actual shipments of 2012 to see who has the greatest accuracy. Last week, my mother died. It was not unexpected. She was 88; and she had been in and out of consciousness for the last year.

The End of a Fairy Tale

Supply Chain Shaman

In the end, we were all going to live “happily ever after.” ” At least, that’s what was promised. I was at three clients’ sites over the course of the last two weeks.

Pretty Is as Pretty Does?

Supply Chain Shaman

In 2012, 61% of consumer products companies want to improve packaging artwork management as a key initiative for global sustainability. It is pretty on the shelf, but it can be a problem for the sustainable supply chain. In fact, unsuspecting consumers would never guess at the issues that the package on the shelf represents for the sustainable supply chain. The package in consumer products is designed to market the product.

Trends—May 2012

Inbound Logistics

Cloud-based business networks are the future of supply chain intelligence; Chemical supply scarcity threatens global auto production; Fuel costs eat into transportation revenues; Organizations should consider insurance options to mitigate supply chain risk and improve resiliency

Conversation with Tim Stratman, Executive Coach

Talking Logistics

In this episode, Adrian interviews Timothy Stratman, Founder and President of Stratman Partners Executive Coaching. Tim has worked with executives across a diverse set of industries of both private and public companies.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

My iphone buzzed on my nightstand. I groaned. I had gotten to bed late. It was 6:00 AM. This was before my wake-up call. I am not a morning person. As I picked it up , I saw a twitter alert welcoming people to the APICS webinar with @lcecere on Agility that afternoon. Much to my chagrin, I rubbed my eyes and checked my calendar. The APICS event was not there. My schedule had me on a plane to Chicago at the time of the presentation. There were 250 attendees signed up and I needed to adapt.

Bringing Together Risk, Finance, and Supply Chain Operations

SCM Research

This time, I want to share with you an interesting interview with ManMohan Sodhi , Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Cass Business School, City University, London. Practice Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Risk Management Video

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

The Logistics of Logistics

Please check out the most popular blog posts of 2012. Most Popular Blog Posts – 2012 (pdf). Fill out the form to download a free PDF copy of our "Most Popular Blog Posts - 2012.". The post Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012 appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. Five Lessons from Military Logistics. Military folks excel in logistics because they focus on the five areas below and we would all be wise to do the same. Core Values / Culture.

Trends—June 2012

Inbound Logistics

Land O’Lakes focuses on workplace culture to improve supply chain yield; Fuel consumption major concern for management,less so for drivers; Gartner poses four supply chain predictions for 2016

IBM Beefing Up for Matrix Commerce in 2012

Supply Chain Network

In the past two months, IBM has made three strategic moves that bolster its SmarterCommerce portfolio. Acquisitions of Emptoris and Demandtec expanded sourcing and pricing portfolios while the new version of IBM ILOG LogicNet Plus XE further enhances supply chain network capabilities. These actions move IBM closer to achieving the technology requirements to support matrix commerce.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Supply Chain Control Towers.

Supply Chains Rock

Monday, April 16, 2012. Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two.

Understanding Lean and the 8 Wastes

The Logistics of Logistics

Understanding lean and the 8 wastes is important for all operations people including logistics and supply chain folks. The concept of lean (and the 8 wastes) originated in the manufacturing sector where it was first recognized that eliminating waste in the system led to much bigger profits. Henry Ford and his team at Ford Motor Company discovered lean along with the assembly line, even though they didn’t necessarily use the term lean.

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Who said supply chains are boring?: Another Zany Video: 10PL.

Supply Chains Rock

Friday, September 21, 2012. This "10PL ahead of its time" video compares its snub at CSCMP 2012 to the mistakes that made Decca Records made by not signing the Beatles. Who said supply chains are boring?

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Happy Holidays From LeanCor Supply Chain Group!



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Trends—January 2012

Inbound Logistics

Supply chain trends for 2012; update on transportation issues in California, Washington, Kentucky, and South Dakota; reverse logistics helps retailers generate customer goodwill and create demand; airport warehousing demand soars; FAA regulations limit pilot flight time; Coca-Cola extends its environmental stewardship; Trucking industry responds to Hours-of-Service legislation

Supply Chain Congratulations in Order!


This year’s 2012 Sailing to New Heights with Logility Award was presented to KGP Logistics, one of the country's largest single-source value-added suppliers of supply chain services, communications equipment and integrated solutions to the telecommunications industry.

Do Wholesale Distributors Think in Terms of Supply Chain Optimization?


Not all wholesale distributors think in terms of supply chain optimization—but they should.

Ask the Expert: Three Questions on Inventory Optimization for Sean Willems Ph.D.


Interest in inventory optimization continues to increase as companies seek a more efficient way to reduce excess inventory while maintaining or improving customer service levels.

Resource-based Theory vs. Supply Chain Management

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Among those who have denied this suggestion is Ramsay (2001) , whereas, in his recent essay, Barney (2012) has argued that SCM can, “at least in some settings”, be such a source. There is an ongoing debate in supply chain management research about whether or not resource-based theory suggests that supply chain management can be a source of sustained competitive advantage for a firm.

How Repairable is the iPhone 5?

SCM Research

In an age of resource scarcity , electronic supply chains should not produce goods that are fast-moving, hardly recyclable, and barely repairable. To evaluate the iPhone 5′s repairability, iFixit has now provided a look inside the device.

2012: a year of weather extremes and logistics nightmares

BluJay Solutions

And it will come as no surprise to shippers and logistics service providers alike that 2012 is being billed as a ‘Year of Multiple Extremes’, with multiple weather events ranging from from heat waves and drought to floods, snow and extreme cold and tropical cyclones.

Africa Logistics Initiative

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The Kühne Foundation invited me to support its Africa Logistics Initiative. Consequently, I have spent the last weeks teaching in logistics and supply chain management at the National Institute of Transport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It has been a great experience.

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The Most Cited Paper in SCM Research

SCM Research

Have you ever tried to find the most cited paper in supply chain management research? I have done so. For this purpose, I used the term “supply chain” in Web of Knowledge for a topic search. The winning paper is titled Information distortion in a supply chain: The bullwhip effect and the authors are Hau L. Lee, V. Padmanabhan, and Seungjin Whang. The paper was published in Management Science in 1997 and has since been cited more than 1,000 times.