CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 23, 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

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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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Perspective
Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

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
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
Three supply chain software trends to watch
Look out for more consolidations, analytics, and automation in 2018, says the analyst group Nucleus Research.

Forward Thinking
Wanted: A viable all-water route from Asia to the U.S. Midwest
Despite its potential benefits and easy access to a large consumer market, container shipping on the Mississippi River has not taken off. Entities that stand to benefit the most need to band together, and strong leadership will be required to make it happen.

Forward Thinking
Big Data Analytics—How does your supply chain stack up?
Don't miss your chance to take part in the second annual supply chain big data analytics global survey.

Forward Thinking
Walmart modifies OTIF requirements, tests plan to automate delivery appointments
Retailer changes "on-time, in-full" compliance dates, delivery thresholds.

Forward Thinking
Sea container imports expected to grow 4.9 percent in first half of 2018, NRF-Hackett report says
2017 imports finish 7.6 percent above previous year, but growth is expected to moderate in 2018.

Forward Thinking
Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group
Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Forward Thinking
Five ways consumer packaged goods companies can respond to seismic changes in the supply chain
To respond to growth in e-commerce sales and increasing channel fragmentation, CPG companies must increase efficiencies and collaboration while also exploring new technologies, a new report recommends.

Forward Thinking
BNSF joins blockchain group
First railroad to join Blockchain in Transport Alliance.

Forward Thinking
The biggest company you may not know all that much about
China's JD.com has a larger fulfillment footprint than Amazon, a broader delivery network than UPS, and it's forcing Alibaba to re-think its model. It may be coming your way—but not yet.

Forward Thinking
Global air growth climbed 9 percent in 2017; best year since 2010, IATA says
Capacity rose by just 3 percent, creating rare "factor of three" ratio.

CSCMP Notebook
2017 State of Logistics panel discussion now available on CSCMPtv
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' video library also provides a variety of digital courses.

Get your entry-level employees certified in inventory management
Inventory management is one of eight tracks offered by the SCPro Fundamentals Certification program.

Looking for supply chain pioneers
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

Smeltzer wins Young Professional Paper contest
Daniel Smeltzer of Mainfreight USA won for his analysis of how autonomous vehicles could shape the future of supply chain management and the economy.

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

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