CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 29, 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
Rail

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
Air

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
Inventory

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
Ocean

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
Technology

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
Warehousing

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
Trucking

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.
Columns
Perspective

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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Perspective
Onward and upward ... until you hit a barrier
A new report from AWESOME (Achieving Women's Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) suggests that companies would benefit on several levels by promoting women into top supply chain positions, yet barriers to advancement remain.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Are you building next-generation supply chain talent?
Supply chains will look radically different by 2030. To help their people get the skills they'll need in the future, companies need to rethink their current training and development programs.

Procurement Priorities
Indirect spending worthy of direct attention
If your procurement organization isn't managing your indirect spend, then you're missing out on a significant source of cost savings.
Forward Thinking
Cost to retrieve Hanjin cargo will hit importers hard
Even as they bear the additional costs of rescuing their stranded goods, shippers will still have to pay the original freight bill.

Forward Thinking
CSCMP Annual Conference emphasizes the power of connection and collaboration
Opening session speakers challenge attendees to work together to solve some of society's "hardest problems."

Forward Thinking
Second day of CSCMP conference addresses disruption
Seth Bodnar of GE Transportation highlights how the software revolution is meeting the industrial revolution in smart products and machines.

Forward Thinking
Modeling the impact of Brexit on the supply chain
Companies are facing a lot of uncertainty as they wait to see how the U.K.'s vote to exit the European Union will affect trade agreements. Scenario planning, however, can help them better prepare for all possibilities.

Forward Thinking
UPS to hire 95,000 seasonal workers to handle peak volumes
Seasonal staffing to remain constant for third straight year.

Forward Thinking
Drones in the supply chain: more than just last-mile delivery
Amazon and Google's efforts to use drones to deliver small packages may get all the press, but the case for using drones is actually stronger further upstream in the supply chain, says one expert.

Forward Thinking
3PLs still struggle with an IT image problem
While third-party logistics providers continue to invest in advanced technology, customers still do not see them as innovators, according to a recent survey.

Forward Thinking
Does supply chain have a mobile problem?
A recent survey finds that mobile apps and websites fall short of meeting the needs of most supply chain decision makers.

Forward Thinking
Blackstone's investment in JDA sends a "no sale" signal to Honeywell and any other suitors
An infusion of $570 million will likely keep JDA under current parent company New Mountain's umbrella.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain profile: Daniel Myers
A veteran exec answers seven questions about lessons learned from his career at Mondelēz and changes in the profession.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP Annual Conference will cover the supply chain from end to end
The three-and-a-half day event offers more than 30 hours of educational sessions.

CSCMP creates Supply Chain Hall of Fame
Inaugural inductees include J.B. Hunt, Henry Ford, and Malcom McLean.

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