CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 22, 2018

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2011

Weak and getting weaker?

State of Logistics Report
Weak and getting weaker?

After hitting a low point in 2009, U.S. logistics costs as a percentage of GDP rose by 10 percent last year. Unfortunately, that's no cause for optimism: prospects for further business growth are uncertain indeed.

Air

A cloudy forecast for air freight

Air carriers enjoyed a strong recovery in 2010 and early 2011. But oil price volatility and a looming supply/demand imbalance mean there could be some rate turbulence in the next year or two.
Energy

Warning: now entering the Oil Danger Zone

This may be the year when demand for oil outstrips supply. Expect price hikes and shortages ahead.
Inventory

Sign of the times

By analyzing inventory-to-sales ratios, we can see just how severe and far-reaching the recession was and how weak the recovery has been thus far.
Ocean

The calm after the storm

After rates rose and plunged dramatically in 2010, shippers will see more stability this year. Increases in capacity will outpace volume, keeping rates from rising.
Rail

No time to lose

Rail freight shippers need to start thinking now about how they will handle the impact of a coming capacity crunch and rising rates.
Third-Party Logistics

3PLs continue long-term growth

After regaining their footing in 2010, logistics service providers are expected to see net revenues grow by more than 10 percent this year.
Warehousing

The right site, at the right price

Rising fuel and shipping costs, coupled with a weak economy, have companies searching for distribution sites that will help cut operating costs. They're finding some attractive opportunities.
Trucking

Rough ride ahead

Carriers and shippers will need to work together to navigate challenges such as high fuel costs, driver shortages, and tight capacity.
Technology

Alive and kicking

Supply chain execution software can expect strong sales in the next several years as companies replace aging systems and respond to new priorities prompted by the recession.
Columns
Afterword

Job creation should be "Job Number 1"

Anything government and business can do to boost job creation right now will help stoke the engines of economic growth.
Direct Connection

The way forward

The statistics and industry insights contained in the "State of Logistics Report" can help companies better prepare for the business demands that lie ahead.
Perspective

Economic anemia will lead to innovation

Expect no letup in the relentless pressure on U.S. logistics managers to cut costs. To meet that challenge, they will have to regularly re-examine the makeup of their supply chain networks.
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TIA sees no limit to 3PL sector growth
Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), joins us from CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference in Atlanta to discuss the state of the industry, and specifically the role of 3PLs in the market.

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Understanding "crowd logistics"
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Commentary: When failure is really not an option
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Putting logistics on a low-carbon diet
New book explores ways to cut industry's greenhouse-gas footprint.

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XPO to build highly automated DC in U.K.
The warehouse will open in 2020 and handle consumer packaged goods for Nestle as well as testing new technologies.

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LevaData announces $12 million venture funding for AI tools
Artificial intelligence software can cut supply chain risk and cost, firm says.

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Truckers sitting in sweet spot as decade winds down, State of Logistics Report says
Truckers seen taking share from rails as technologies drive down costs, improve service, annual report says; transport, inventory costs climbed well above inflation in '17, it adds.

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Jump in dedicated revenues highlights strong 2017 for 3PLs, Armstrong says
Dedicated grows much higher than historical average as shippers seek capacity assurance.

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Home Depot launches pilot for ambitious outbound delivery plan
Four-year, $1.2 billion initiative aimed at making next-day deliveries to all U.S. customers.

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Transport, warehousing employment gains in the U.S. fueled by warehousing, truck, couriers
U.S. government data shows sector gained 19,000 jobs over April figures.

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How Unilever funds supply chain innovation
To encourage employees to be more innovative, the consumer packaged goods company set up a microfunding effort for small experimental supply chain implementations.

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International air freight to have tradable futures market
TAC Holdings establishes platform to remedy pricing "inefficiencies."

CSCMP Notebook
New CSCMP report explores blockchain and data sharing
CSCMP's latest Hot Topics report looks at how companies can use emerging blockchain technology to improve data sharing and speed up transactions.

Level up: CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers will inspire attendees to improve their supply chains, work environment
The founder of Zipline; a panel of supply chain executives from IBM, Amazon, and Nike; and a happiness expert will discuss technology and the keys to future supply chain success at the industry association's annual conference.

CSCMP launches Supply Chain Professionals Day
The annual event is set for the third Monday in May and will include online photo campaign.

Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

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