CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 24, 2017

Current Issue: Special Issue 2017

Uncertain times

State of Logistics Report
Uncertain times

U.S. logistics costs in 2016 fell for the first time since 2010, logistics costs as a percentage of U.S. GDP dropped to its lowest level since the Great Recession, and transportation spending fell even as energy prices rose. Add technology to the mix, and it's anyone's guess what will happen next.

Battling back
Rail

Battling back

Carload volumes are stronger than they were last year but remain well below 2015's numbers. Intermodal shipments, meanwhile, are up considerably over last year.
Big growth, big challenges
Warehousing

Big growth, big challenges

Macrotrends such as the growth of e-commerce and same-day delivery are placing costly new demands on warehouse operators. Here are four major problem areas affecting site-selection decisions this year.
Challenged by change
Third-Party Logistics

Challenged by change

Third-party logistics companies expect to see more revenue growth in 2017, but that positive outlook is tempered by concerns about new competitors, technology, and the Trump administration's policies.
Invest for success
Technology

Invest for success

Better allocation of supply chain technology investments helps companies reach higher stages of supply chain maturity—and, in turn, achieve stronger overall business performance.
Steady as she goes
Inventory

Steady as she goes

With a breakout performance by the U.S. economy looking unlikely, business inventories are still running lean—but stimulative policies could provide a boost.
Fighting it out on the ground
Air

Fighting it out on the ground

The global air cargo segment is holding its own, but the future of U.S. domestic and air parcel service could be determined by how well those carriers play their ground game.
Analytics: The next wave
Ocean

Analytics: The next wave

The adoption of advanced data analytics is already reshaping the ocean shipping industry, bringing transformative improvements in information management, operational efficiency, and decision-making.
Bumpy road ahead
Trucking

Bumpy road ahead

The trucking industry—particularly the truckload segment—will see continuing uncertainty as demand grows slowly and rates remain flat.
Columns
Perspective

"Accelerating into Uncertainty"

The "State of Logistics Report" balances a generally positive assessment of the U.S. economy with the impact of the fast-moving, disruptive forces buffeting the logistics and transportation industry.
Direct Connection

U.S. business logistics costs—and so much more

The "State of Logistics Report" provides you with the statistics and industry insights that will help you do your job better and prepare you for the business demands ahead.
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The young and the ambitious
Take the time to learn more about the talented, motivated young people who are entering our profession. There's much you can do to help them achieve their goals.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Supply chain excellence: It's tough to make it to the top—and stay there
Research for Supply Chain Insights' 2017 Supply Chains to Admire list shows that very few companies outperform their peers—and those that do often struggle to maintain their leadership positions.

Research for the Real World
How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Blockchain consortium sees bright future in supply chain
Trusted IoT Alliance members Bosch, Cisco, and Gemalto will collaborate on open source development.

Forward Thinking
The mall is dead! Long live the mall!
Will Amazon's lease of Cleveland's defunct Randall Park Mall kick start interest in converting the retail icons to industrial use?

Forward Thinking
A "well-crafted digital transformation strategy" is key to fighting increasing supply chain complexity, report says
Technology consulting firm PointSource recommends investing in digital technologies that support business strategies and goals.

Forward Thinking
National Science Foundation awards grant to study multi-echelon inventory optimization
University of Arkansas research seeks to develop software to quickly suggest optimal inventory levels for all nodes in the supply chain.

Forward Thinking
Thailand 4.0
It may be a mid-tier economy right now, but Thailand is aiming for the big leagues. To make that happen, it's embarking on an ambitious growth plan that includes $50 billion in infrastructure spending.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Why liquidation is worth worrying about
Traditionally, retailers have considered the benefits of liquidating unwanted merchandise to be too small to warrant much attention. But there are ways to go about it that can make a significant impact on the bottom line.

Forward Thinking
Blockchain and chatbots will likely have a big impact on supply chain operations in the next year or two, survey finds
The percentage of supply chain organizations investigating the use of blockchain technology and chatbots is up significantly in 2017, says a recent eyefortransport report.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Five ways to ramp up supply chain sustainability
Taking the time to model and analyze both the supply chain costs and environmental impacts of key supply chain decisions can help you be both profitable and sustainable.

Forward Thinking
Pilot project connects blockchain and "smart" pallets
By feeding data from Internet of Things-enabled pallets into its digital ledger system, the chemical manufacturer BASF hopes to improve supply chain visibility and decision making.

Forward Thinking
Harvey moves on, leaving U.S. transportation network with formidable challenges
Trucking operations to resume out of balance, with many truckload carriers, drivers chasing high-margin "FEMA Freight." LTL carriers may see major cost hit.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP names 2017 Emerging Leader Award winners
Nathan Chaney of Mainfreight and David Perez of Cushman & Wakefield will be recognized at CSCMP's annual conference for their contributions as young supply chain professionals.

CSCMP EDGE conference to offer three facility tours
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a Home Depot fulfillment center, and a Kroger distribution center.

CSCMP and TSC Advantage offer cybersecurity resources to protect supply chain
The launch of this new training program comes in the wake of a June cyberattack that disrupted operations at Maersk and FedEx.

Arizona Roundtable wins annual CSCMP supply chain simulation game
Online game teaches participants about risk management through running the supply chain for a simulated company.

An AWESOME choice: CSCMP names Nancy Nix as 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors head of women's supply chain association with its highest honor.

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