CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 17, 2017

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2012

A long and winding road to recovery

State of Logistics Report
A long and winding road to recovery

In a slowly reviving economy, U.S. logistics costs as a percentage of gross domestic product increased as rail and motor carriers raised rates. When the economy bounces back, shipment capacity rather than rates may be the big issue facing logistics managers.

Third-Party Logistics

A strong and sustainable recovery

Thanks to post-recession market dynamics, the outlook for the third-party logistics sector is positive for some time to come.
Air

In a holding pattern

Although there are some bright spots in the air cargo market, generally flat cargo volumes coupled with increasing capacity are keeping things fairly calm for now.
Diesel

As goes oil, so goes diesel

Diesel fuel prices will remain high, but—barring any major, unexpected disruptions in the crude oil market—dramatic price swings are unlikely for the time being.
E-Commerce

Direct-to-consumer challenges for distribution

The growth of electronic commerce, with its small orders for individual consumers, will require some big changes in warehousing and distribution operations.
Inventory

Caution rules

Despite growth in sales, inventories remain lean as companies hesitate to make investments in the face of an uncertain economic future.
Ocean

A good time to make a deal

Overcapacity and a changing economic landscape are shifting the supply/demand balance in shippers' favor.
Oil

The outlook for oil prices

Oil prices are falling as the market deals with an ample supply and a weakening economy.
Rail

Driving "next gen" performance

To continue to improve productivity and attract new customers, railroads will have to get out of their comfort zone and adopt new technologies.
Warehousing

Think globally, site locally

Site selection for a new distribution center has always been influenced by local costs and constraints. Now companies also need to consider global trends.
Trucking

Hungry for a better strategy

Traditional approaches to transportation management won't stand up in today's truck transportation market. Shippers and carriers need a new recipe for doing business together.
Technology

A strategic shift

The primary reasons why companies are investing in supply chain technology are changing. Enhancing the customer experience, driving growth, and creating innovation now outrank cutting costs and improving efficiencies.
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Meaningful news you can use

This year's "State of Logistics Report" provides an overview of the economy over the past year, the logistics industry's key trends, and the total U.S. logistics costs for 2011.
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Perspective
La la la, I'm not listening ...
The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!
To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

Research for the Real World
When suppliers and their customers don't see eye-to-eye
New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.
Forward Thinking
More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte
Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

Forward Thinking
Pioneer of the profession Bud La Londe dies at 84
Bernard J. "Bud" La Londe is remembered for his profound influence on the practice and teaching of logistics and supply chain management.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance
It's the hottest IT topic to come down the pike in years. Now if people only knew what to do with it.

Forward Thinking
Average size of U.S. warehouses has doubled since 2002, CBRE report finds
The broom in e-commerce has expanded the girth and height of warehouse over the past decade.

Forward Thinking
New coalition looks to educate policymakers and public about importance of the global value chain
Members of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition include five industry associations plus major retailers such as Target, Levi Strauss, and VF Corp.

Forward Thinking
Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world
"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

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Study: Reverse logistics still a puzzle for omnichannel retailers
The promise of hassle-free returns may keep customers happy, but a recent survey suggests that omnichannel players are still struggling to find the right balance between cost and service.

Forward Thinking
How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event
The destruction wrought by recent natural disasters in North America serves as a reminder of the value of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan.

Forward Thinking
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say
Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP updates SCPro Certifications
Industry association's three-tiered certification program now includes updated industry intelligence and an online option.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges
New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2017 conference held in September in Atlanta, Georgia.

CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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