CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 13, 2017

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.
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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.
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TIA sees no limit to 3PL sector growth

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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
The link between driver turnover and motor carrier safety
While it makes sense that an increase in driver turnover would have a negative effect on the carriers' safety, little is known about the exact nature of the relationship and about whether managers can take steps to mitigate those negative effects.
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.

Forward Thinking
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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