CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 27, 2015

Current Issue: Special Issue 2015

2014: A rewarding year for U.S. logistics

State of Logistics Report
2014: A rewarding year for U.S. logistics

Demand for freight and logistics services in 2014 reached record levels in some sectors. If growth continues as expected, then tighter capacity—and higher rates—are likely to follow.

Air freight attracts attention again
Air

Air freight attracts attention again

Tight capacity and service disruptions have some shippers rethinking their mix of air and surface modes. Analytics is helping them make the right decisions.
The rising relevance of brick-and-mortar stores
E-Commerce

The rising relevance of brick-and-mortar stores

Retailers that adapt to store fulfillment of online orders will be in a position to better serve their customers now and in the future.
The U.S. consumer to the rescue
Inventory

The U.S. consumer to the rescue

Macroeconomic developments created some volatility over the past year, but consumer spending is helping to keep the U.S. economy moving.
Shifting currents
Ocean

Shifting currents

The coming year could bring both changes and opportunities for buyers of ocean transportation services.
Diverging tracks
Rail

Diverging tracks

Although intermodal continues to grow, railcar traffic is slumping. Secular and cyclical trends suggest the outlook for the two segments is unlikely to change much in the near term.
Follow the food and beverage leader
Warehousing

Follow the food and beverage leader

As the fastest growing segment of distribution warehousing, the food and beverage sector can provide insights into trends that could affect the entire industry.
Relationships rule the day
Trucking

Relationships rule the day

Sharing information and collaborating to achieve mutual benefits will help both shippers and motor carriers thrive in an increasingly challenging operating environment.
The payback challenge
Technology

The payback challenge

Many buyers expect supply chain software will slash costs and take performance to new levels, but survey results show that nearly half of the implementations have not produced the expected return.
Convergence accelerates—but will shippers buy in?
Third-Party Logistics

Convergence accelerates—but will shippers buy in?

As 3PLs expand their value proposition through mergers and more comprehensive offerings, many shippers still continue to treat them as commodities, sabotaging both parties' chances for success.
Columns
Direct Connection

A great year for supply chain and logistics

CSCMP's 26th Annual "State of Logistics Report" confirms that in 2014 the logistics industry experienced its best performance since the Great Recession.
Perspective

Good news, bad news (and maybe some more good news)

Transportation and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) did better in 2014 than they had in years. That doesn't mean there's nothing to worry about.
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The high cost of not caring
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Interest in nearshoring remains strong, but trend may be slowing
Many executives are attracted to the potential cost savings of moving production closer to the end market. But concerns about safety, security, and the availability of skilled labor in these locations are giving some pause.

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Supply chain's youth problem
A Brookings Institution report suggests that distribution and logistics companies need to do a better job of bringing young people into the industry.

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Most manufacturers are using the Internet of Things to improve operations
Despite cost concerns, a vast majority of manufacturers are investing in the technology required to create a network of connected objects and devices, according to the results of a Zebra Technologies survey.

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Robert Martichenko to receive CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CEO of LeanCor Supply Chain Group recognized for contributions to the supply chain profession.

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To fulfill increasing customer demands, go small
A "micrologistics" approach will allow companies to fulfill the needs of omnichannel retailing and customers' desire for next-day delivery, says a report from IDC.

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New lab focuses on research at the "Internet edge"
Arizona State University's new Internet-Edge Supply Chain Management Lab studies how the Internet and mobile technology are transforming the supply chain.

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A leap forward in 3-D printing?
A new technology might finally make additive manufacturing faster and cheaper.

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CSCMP Hot Topics… explores supply chain innovation
Find out why some supply chain innovators are more successful than others in sustaining and building on their innovations over time.