CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 18, 2018

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2014

Forecast 2014: A

State of Logistics Report
Forecast 2014: A "banner year" for freight

After a slow start, demand for transportation services is on the rebound, and the year could turn out to be a busy one for shippers, carriers, and service providers.

Air

Prepare for volatility

Today's relatively soft market won't last forever. Now is a good time for shippers to take a fresh look at their airfreight networks with an eye toward the future.
Diesel

Rising prices, on land and sea

Prices for the most part have remained steady, but that probably won't last. With demand growth expected to outstrip modest growth in supply, higher retail prices seem likely.
E-Commerce

Where do you fit in?

Shippers and carriers can succeed in the emerging e-commerce landscape by occupying different niches.
Ocean

Balancing act

Carriers are trying to prop up rates by reducing capacity, but they could counterbalance that by sharing the cost benefits of operating efficiencies with their customers.
Rail

On track for another strong year

Although winter weather and railcar shortages challenged North American railroads in 2013, they still earned record revenues and profits. This year's financial forecast is for more of the same.
Third-Party Logistics

Convergence is the word

Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are transforming themselves into businesses that provide a diverse array of services well beyond logistics.
Inventory

U.S. outlook: More of the same

Despite relatively strong corporate profits, U.S. companies remain cautious. Inventory growth is likely to be much like it was last year: modest and slow.
Technology

Executing the omnichannel vision

Omnichannel retailing, or using store inventory to fill e-commerce orders, is one of today's hottest trends. Here are two technologies that can help companies operate in this new environment.
Trucking

Capacity woes and weather troubles

Extreme weather in Q1 made an existing capacity shortage worse. To prepare for more challenges to come, shippers should secure more reliable capacity and reconsider their modal choices.
Warehousing

Five trends to watch

Taking these five macro trends into account in your warehouse and DC siting decisions will help you reduce supply chain costs and inefficiencies for years to come.
Columns
Perspective

Shrinking truck capacity a sign of economic equilibrium

Truck capacity is adjusting to a shift in demand caused by the growth of e-commerce.
Direct Connection

CSCMP: Your best source for SCM education and networking

CSCMP helps logistics and supply chain management professionals achieve success by providing them with the research, education, networking opportunities, and other programs and services they need to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date.
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
Understanding "crowd logistics"
New research examines how crowd logistics differs from traditional logistics service models and which type of crowd logistics might be the most disruptive.
Forward Thinking
Jump in dedicated revenues highlights strong 2017 for 3PLs, Armstrong says
Dedicated grows much higher than historical average as shippers seek capacity assurance.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

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

Forward Thinking
NOAA forecasters predict normal to above-normal 2018 hurricane season
U.S. agency predicts that there will be a less active Atlantic storm season this year compared to last.

Forward Thinking
A blueprint for successful supply chain innovation
How can you foster innovation within the supply chain? The four principles put forth in this article can provide a foundation for implementing new ideas in a way that is successful and can be replicated across the business.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Will Amazon suck oxygen out of the driver room?
As the e-tailer eyes partnerships with fleets of three or more trucks, some worry it will reduce the driver pool in the U.S. even more.

Forward Thinking
Manhattan updates WMS software with warehouse execution module
Enhancement to allow simultaneous waved and waveless processes.

Forward Thinking
Report: mobile robot revenue to reach $7 billion by 2022
Logistics fastest growing vertical market, demanding automation to handle e-commerce and omnichannel, Interact Analysis says.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

Nominate a leader for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

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