CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 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.
Latest Video

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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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
Maersk to combine liner, supply chain units into one product
Ocean shipping, Damco operations to operate with single point of contact.

Forward Thinking
Supply chains shift from global to local
A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.

Forward Thinking
Survey: retailers turning to AI to improve demand management
Artificial intelligence seen as tool for generating more accurate forecasts, Symphony RetailAI says.

Forward Thinking
Diesel to power smaller share of U.S. truck orders by 2040, study says
Battery electric vehicles to gain share as urban trucking grows, technology improves, IHS Markit report says.

Forward Thinking
Florence flooding keeps Port of Wilmington, NC, closed to trucks until Monday
Planned 14-day closure could squeeze imports of bananas, clementines.

Forward Thinking
Florence's winds continue to slow, but heavy rain triggers road, track, and port closures.
Carriers warn clients of freight delays, as floods shutter logistics sites.

Forward Thinking
Small trials can lead to big results with blockchain and AI, panel says
GE and IBM advise launching internal pilots of emerging technologies, Project44 speakers say.

Forward Thinking
South Carolina ports set all-time monthly box record in August
Figure breaks June's prior record.

Forward Thinking
Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices
Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

Forward Thinking
How to prepare your supply chain for a hurricane
New report from DHL offers tips for "battening down the hatches" when your supply chain is threatened by a major storm.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

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