CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 23, 2014

Current Issue: Special Issue 2014

Forecast 2014: A

State of Logistics Report
Forecast 2014: A "banner year" for freight

After a slow start, demand for transportation services is on the rebound, and the year could turn out to be a busy one for shippers, carriers, and service providers.

Prepare for volatility
Air

Prepare for volatility

Today's relatively soft market won't last forever. Now is a good time for shippers to take a fresh look at their airfreight networks with an eye toward the future.
Rising prices, on land and sea
Diesel

Rising prices, on land and sea

Prices for the most part have remained steady, but that probably won't last. With demand growth expected to outstrip modest growth in supply, higher retail prices seem likely.
Where do you fit in?
E-Commerce

Where do you fit in?

Shippers and carriers can succeed in the emerging e-commerce landscape by occupying different niches.
Balancing act
Ocean

Balancing act

Carriers are trying to prop up rates by reducing capacity, but they could counterbalance that by sharing the cost benefits of operating efficiencies with their customers.
On track for another strong year
Rail

On track for another strong year

Although winter weather and railcar shortages challenged North American railroads in 2013, they still earned record revenues and profits. This year's financial forecast is for more of the same.
Convergence is the word
Third-Party Logistics

Convergence is the word

Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are transforming themselves into businesses that provide a diverse array of services well beyond logistics.
U.S. outlook: More of the same
Inventory

U.S. outlook: More of the same

Despite relatively strong corporate profits, U.S. companies remain cautious. Inventory growth is likely to be much like it was last year: modest and slow.
Executing the omnichannel vision
Technology

Executing the omnichannel vision

Omnichannel retailing, or using store inventory to fill e-commerce orders, is one of today's hottest trends. Here are two technologies that can help companies operate in this new environment.
Capacity woes and weather troubles
Trucking

Capacity woes and weather troubles

Extreme weather in Q1 made an existing capacity shortage worse. To prepare for more challenges to come, shippers should secure more reliable capacity and reconsider their modal choices.
Five trends to watch
Warehousing

Five trends to watch

Taking these five macro trends into account in your warehouse and DC siting decisions will help you reduce supply chain costs and inefficiencies for years to come.
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Perspective

Shrinking truck capacity a sign of economic equilibrium

Truck capacity is adjusting to a shift in demand caused by the growth of e-commerce.
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CSCMP issues research update on India
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Gooley named editor of CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
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Perceptions of countries' cost competitiveness are outdated, report says
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Poor visibility still a barrier for manufacturers
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Research: 3-D printing looms large over logistics
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Offshoring and reshoring—what's really going on?
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Retail supply chains focus on "unified commerce"
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