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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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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Negotiate 2012


Negotiate 2012. Copyright © 2012 The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society All rights reserved. 27th – 29th November 2012. JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Negotiate. Overcoming complex negotiation situations by determining interest, processes and relationships that are likely to lead to a fruitful, sustainable agreement.

Capgemini’s 2012 3PL Study Provides Great Insights

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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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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. And yet, our respondents do expect business expansion and intend to invest to make it happen in 2012.” According to the report supply chain applications are one of the top three areas of interest for 2012.

Guest Viewpoint: What’s Driving Freight Costs Higher?

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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.

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

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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. In the tradition of David Letterman, (in no particular order) let’s hit the Top 10 Supply Chain Predictions for 2012. It’s no secret the pace of business is accelerating and 2012 will not see this changing.

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.

Trends—May 2012

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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

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

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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.

Supply Chain Talent: The Missing Link?

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Members of today’s supply chain teams are busy. Business complexity is rising and teams are trying to get to data and align the organization against supply chain objectives. It is not easy. Disparate systems and gaps in supply chain technologies lead the list. Supply chain talent falls midway on most lists. We think that it should be more important. Here I share insights from a recent talent study conducted in conjunction with Supply Chain Brain.

Three Lies and a Truth

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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. So, how can they do it quickly and move on to solving business problems? Ice breakers help. One of my favorite is the game, “ Three Truths and a Lie.”

IBM Beefing Up for Matrix Commerce in 2012

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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.

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

How Did We Get it All Wrong?

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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.

Understanding Lean and the 8 Wastes

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

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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. I think that it is at the core of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Yes, I am an unabashed zealot. I have been at it for a long time. I have gray hair.

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.

Trends—January 2012

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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

The Most Cited Paper in SCM Research

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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.

Conversation with Tim Stratman, Executive Coach

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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. Prior to his current role, Tim spent more than twenty years with RR Donnelley, where he held increasingly responsible positions including President of RRD Direct and SVP of Supply Chain Management.

Pretty Is as Pretty Does?

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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.

Why Have We Not Reduced Inventory?

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“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. I just don’t believe it anymore when I see it on a project justification.” ” CFO of a major manufacturer. I want to believe. I really do.

Adrian’s Supply Chain & Logistics Predictions for 2013

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In this episode, Adrian Gonzalez shares his top supply chain and logistics predictions for 2013. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet The post Adrian’s Supply Chain & Logistics Predictions for 2013 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Past Episode Supply Chain & Logistics Trends 2013 predictions logistics supply chain

Bringing Together Risk, Finance, and Supply Chain Operations

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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

Why a Community?

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I have thought about this for a long time. I have envisioned a community where supply chain professionals could network freely and globally. I wanted to design a virtual environment where teams can share best practices and have fun. My dream was to build a place that combines the best of the virtual communities of Linkedin, Facebook, Craigslist, FourSquare and Yelp and roll it into a business-to-business social community that is specially designed for the supply chain leader. My Field of Dreams.

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Who is the stooge in your S&OP process? - Supply Chain Blog

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Like A Green Lump of Clay….

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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.

Real Options in Supply Chain Management

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A real option is “a right – without an obligation – to invest resources (e.g., labor, money, time) toward a course of action at a future point in time” ( McCarter et al., 2011 ). SCM applications of real options are scarce.

The Global Supply Chain Agenda

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The study is titled The 2012 global supply chain agenda. The authors find that the following topics are the key business drivers for 2012: (1) market/demand volatility, (2) economic downturn, (3) meeting (changing) customer, (4) develop emerging markets, and (5) increased material/service costs. Capgemini has published the results of its annual international supply chain survey.

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Logistics Clusters (Guest Post by Yossi Sheffi, MIT)

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As I argue in my new book Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth (MIT Press, October 2012), these entities have a number of unique, and generally underestimated, attributes. Logistics clusters play an increasingly important part in logistics & supply chain management. I am happy to share the following guest post by Professor Yossi Sheffi , a distinguished expert in logistics clusters. Thank you for contributing to my blog.

Herding Geese

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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. The company is focused on the delivery of business-to-business (B2B) connectivity. It is a spin-off of General Electric. At the beginning of the day, Steve Keifer, VP of Marketing, handed me a copy of his book, Herding Geese.

Reputation Risk in the Supply Chain

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Recently, Oxford Metrica, an analytics and advisory firm which has been “studying the relationship between reputation and value for nearly two decades”, has issued its Reputation Review 2012 , which was sponsored by Aon Corporation. Herein, the major reputation events in 2011 are reviewed and the lessons learned are extracted. Most importantly for us, the report contains some interesting examples of reputation risk in the supply chain.

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