CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 24, 2018

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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Understanding "crowd logistics"
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Commentary: When failure is really not an option
You shouldn't have to worry about the hospital supply chain when wheeled into the OR.

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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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