CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 23, 2018

Current Issue: Special Issue 2018

The big squeeze

State of Logistics Report
The big squeeze

Roaring demand for transportation and logistics services is causing capacity to tighten and wages to rise, pushing business logistics costs to 7.7 percent of U.S. GDP in 2017. Can shippers find the capacity they need while fighting higher costs?

Under pressure

Under pressure

As the economy strengthens and the driver shortage intensifies, shippers should prepare to feel the pinch from higher trucking rates and tighter capacity.
A rising tide

A rising tide

The second quarter of 2018 saw a surge in growth for railroads in the United States. But have service and speed suffered as a result?
A quick sea change

A quick sea change

Fast and unprecedented change is rocking ocean shipping as it deals with a reconfiguration of the industry, looming trade wars, and technological innovation.
On the rebound?

On the rebound?

Airfreight in the United States is seeing robust growth, as companies look for an alternative to high trucking rates and freighters move into smaller markets.
Ready to rebuild

Ready to rebuild

Over the last two years, U.S. businesses have been slowly but steadily depleting their stocks of inventories—but in the next few quarters that is set to change.
Hot, hot, hot

Hot, hot, hot

E-commerce is fueling high demand for warehousing space, driving up rates, and making availability tight.
The power of relationships
Third-Party Logistics

The power of relationships

The 22nd Annual Third-Party Logistics Study shows that shippers and 3PLs have, in general, built solid, mutually beneficial relationships, but opportunities for improvement still remain.
Always something new to talk about

Always something new to talk about

Transportation management systems (TMS) may have been around for decades but there are still new developments and innovations to investigate.

A wild ride ahead

This year's annual "State of Logistics Report" explains how shippers need to downshift to face the steep road ahead.
Latest Video

NASSTRAC's new home and focus on the future
Gail Rutkowski, executive director of the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), discusses the critical issues facing the industry and her group's new affiliation with CSCMP.

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Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

Research for the Real World
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking unveils plans to study underground urban fulfillment network
Chinese e-commerce giant launches "Urban Smart Logistics Institute" at Beijing supply chain summit.

Forward Thinking
MIT commits $1 billion to AI education, research, development
Creates Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing to serve as focal point for interdisciplinary approach to studying computing, artificial intelligence and related fields.

Forward Thinking
GS1 US launches cross-industry blockchain discussion group
GS1 members, experts kick off monthly discussion of how GS1 standards support blockchain use, November 28-29 in Chicago.

Forward Thinking
Economist warns of moderate recession in 2020
Material handling industry likely to be buoyed by continued e-commerce growth, but chance of Chinese recession looms, Schenker says at MHI conference.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Trade wars will mean supply chain pain
In its attempt to bring China to heel, the administration could do great harm to U.S. importers and their supply chain partners.

Forward Thinking
Digital megashifts could give supply chain managers "superhuman" productivity, futurist says
Despite potential of tech to streamline business tasks, human traits like compassion can never be replicated, Leonhard tells MHI show.

Forward Thinking
Study: supply chain management projects to spark jump in IoT investment through 2023
Forrester says inventory tracking and warehouse management will be major use cases in more than one-quarter of $434.9 billion spending forecast.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce, urbanization drive evolution in ground transport sector
DHL research shows 75 percent of companies believe investing in ground transportation will directly support growth.

Forward Thinking
Michael lashes Florida with dangerous winds, closing ports
Many businesses have defenses in place, after witnessing fury of Hurricane Florence and 2017 storms, ALAN says.

Forward Thinking
The quiet case for RFID
New research says that radio frequency identification tags can help companies achieve greater order accuracy than bar-code scanning.

CSCMP Notebook
Dell, Drucker, Stephenson, Gattorna feted by CSCMP
CSCMP's Hall of Fame inductions took place at association's annual EDGE conference in Nashville.

ALAN honors Alison Thompson with Lifetime Achievement Award; Home Depot, Estes, The Shippers Group also honored
The organization's Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize supply chain professionals and organizations who demonstrate their commitment to disaster relief efforts.

A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.