CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 27, 2016

Current Issue: Special Issue 2016

A tale of transition

State of Logistics Report
A tale of transition

E-commerce and omnichannel retail are pushing aside the traditional drivers of business logistics costs, putting the U.S. consumer in the driver's seat when it comes to cost, service, and strategy. The shift may be permanent.

Trouble on the tracks

Trouble on the tracks

A conjunction of adverse conditions has sent freight volumes plummeting. The challenge for railroads will be to remain competitive in a changing transportation landscape.
Bargains abound—for now

Bargains abound—for now

Overcapacity and low oil prices are keeping airfreight rates low, but shippers should not expect that to last forever.
Up, down, and up again

Up, down, and up again

After an unexpected buildup in 2015, U.S. business inventories dipped in the second quarter of 2016—the first contraction since 2011. Inventories should start to grow again before the end of the year.
Rough seas

Rough seas

Rising capacity, falling rates, mergers, and the Panama Canal expansion are all making for uncertain times in containerized shipping.
Getting smart about using software intelligence

Getting smart about using software intelligence

Our research finds that six out of 10 readers are now using software to analyze their supply chain operations.
Changing times

Changing times

As companies decide where to locate their distribution facilities, they must take into account big changes in costs, technology, customer demands, and global economic conditions.
Reduced speed zone

Reduced speed zone

With rates, tonnage, and revenue stagnating, the outlook for 2016 is trending toward slow growth for both truckload and less-than-truckload carriers.
Technology keeps 3PLs on top
Third-Party Logistics

Technology keeps 3PLs on top

As consumer demands quickly change and new competitors enter the market, logistics service providers must make use of new technologies in order to stay competitive.

Logistics costs at a turning point

This year's edition of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' "State of Logistics Report" finds evidence of dramatic change in the drivers of U.S. business logistics costs.
Direct Connection

A new era for logistics

The 2016 "State of Logistics Report" documents how the factors underlying logistics costs and trends are changing—perhaps permanently.
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Research for the Real World
How supply chains can support the shopper experience
This new department challenges the authors of selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) articles to explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Smart-packaging market to reach $26.7 billion by 2024
Beyond just containing inventory, smart parcels provide services such as location tracking and moisture control.

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Canadian retailers say keys to success are exports and omnichannel
An eBay survey shows that small and medium-sized businesses see challenges in low margins, tough competition, and currency exchange rates.

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Public opinion on drone delivery is mixed
A report by the U.S. Postal Service finds that older generations are less likely to be interested in receiving packages delivered by unmanned autonomous vehicles.

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Report: Hot growth in emerging markets could stall with traffic jams
Developing countries are slow to develop road networks capable of meeting rising demand for freight movement, says Research and Markets.

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Five strategies that make procurement more efficient and effective
By embracing technology and focusing on internal customers, world-class procurement organizations are able to reduce their operating costs and headcount, says a Hackett Group study.

Forward Thinking
U.S. industrial property market to extend roll deep into 2018, firm says
JLL says demand for e-commerce fulfillment is just getting started.

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How supply chain organizations can help with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts
The American Logistics Aid Network is coordinating donations of warehouse space and transportation equipment and services in United States as well as Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba.

Forward Thinking
At Intel, supply chain makes sure it's "in the room where it happens"
Two new programs at Intel are getting supply chain experts directly involved in revenue-generating activities such as designing new products and meeting with customers.

Forward Thinking
Survey: online shoppers demand visibility as well as speed in delivery
More than 45 percent of shoppers have abandoned a retailer because of poor order transparency, 3PL says.

Forward Thinking
Big data, analytics gaining traction, annual shipper-3PL survey concludes
The vast majority of survey respondents say the new discipline will have a significant impact on their supply chain.

CSCMP Notebook
More than 250 volunteers pitch in at Stop Hunger Now event at CSCMP Annual Conference
The second annual event not only served as a way for supply chain professionals to give back to community, but it also attracted millennials and helped to strengthen ties between business partners.

LINCS program provides good, low-cost source of entry-level employees and training
A government grant that provides low-cost supply chain training has been extended for six more months.

China conference explored "supply chain management plus"
The Seventh China Conference in Chengdu organized by CSCMP and CDI addressed key trends shaping the country's role in the global supply chain.

CSCMP announces second year of its global supply chain simulation competition
The Roundtable Global Challenge is designed to provide an interactive education event that encourages cross-generational learning.

A message from CSCMP's CEO
This year's annual conference will help supply chain professionals better understand the disruptive forces that are shaking up the industry.