CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 30, 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

ising 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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No shortcuts
As our latest "Procurement Priorities" column points out, creating an ethical supply chain requires hard work, commitment, and support at every level of the company.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
What we can learn from the 2016 Supply Chains to Admire study
A data-intensive annual study conducted by Supply Chain Insights provides industry-specific supply chain benchmarks and identifies three practices that can enhance company value.

Procurement Priorities
An ethical supply chain doesn't just happen
An ethical lapse can harm not just a company's reputation but also its bottom line. Chief procurement officers need to make sure they have an ethics policy in place that is up-to-date and well communicated.
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.

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To thrive in the future, manufacturing will have to get "smarter"
To respond to demand more quickly, manufacturers will need to incorporate big data, advanced analytics, and other technologies into their operations, according to a white paper from UPS.

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Why should you become involved in the humanitarian supply chain?
In addition to the satisfaction and pride of being a good citizen, companies that participate in relief efforts can improve their own supply chain resiliency and discover new commercial opportunities.

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Customs officials discuss progress on trade enforcement, security, and facilitation in Boston
ACS "shut-off," staffing shortages, cooperation with Mexico, and North American version of the Single Window are among many topics under discussion.

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CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly recognized by American Society of Business Publication Editors
Editor Toby Gooley receives regional bronze award in the Editorial/Editor's Letter category from the U.S. organization for business press editors.

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"Uber for Trucking" name not an asset for companies, report contends
"Digital freight matching" services need to go well beyond that, says a report from Armstrong & Associates.

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Heavy rain may bring more pain for the U.S. supply chain
A new report from FM Global says that some regions of the United States will see increased incidents of extreme rainfall and urges supply chain managers to prepare.

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Public-private partnerships are essential to improving humanitarian supply chains
A recent paper from the World Food Programme says that NGOs, governments, and the private sector need to form collaborative partnerships to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP Annual Conference to provide fresh look at supply chain issues
The conference will offer over 90 educational sessions and more than 25 hours of networking events.

New CSCMP publication explains "blockchain" technology
The latest issue of CSCMP Hot Topics provides examples of how companies can use blockchains in their supply chain.

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