CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 25, 2018

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2015

2014: A rewarding year for U.S. logistics

State of Logistics Report
2014: A rewarding year for U.S. logistics

Demand for freight and logistics services in 2014 reached record levels in some sectors. If growth continues as expected, then tighter capacity—and higher rates—are likely to follow.


Air freight attracts attention again

Tight capacity and service disruptions have some shippers rethinking their mix of air and surface modes. Analytics is helping them make the right decisions.

The rising relevance of brick-and-mortar stores

Retailers that adapt to store fulfillment of online orders will be in a position to better serve their customers now and in the future.

The U.S. consumer to the rescue

Macroeconomic developments created some volatility over the past year, but consumer spending is helping to keep the U.S. economy moving.

Shifting currents

The coming year could bring both changes and opportunities for buyers of ocean transportation services.

Diverging tracks

Although intermodal continues to grow, railcar traffic is slumping. Secular and cyclical trends suggest the outlook for the two segments is unlikely to change much in the near term.

Follow the food and beverage leader

As the fastest growing segment of distribution warehousing, the food and beverage sector can provide insights into trends that could affect the entire industry.

Relationships rule the day

Sharing information and collaborating to achieve mutual benefits will help both shippers and motor carriers thrive in an increasingly challenging operating environment.

The payback challenge

Many buyers expect supply chain software will slash costs and take performance to new levels, but survey results show that nearly half of the implementations have not produced the expected return.
Third-Party Logistics

Convergence accelerates—but will shippers buy in?

As 3PLs expand their value proposition through mergers and more comprehensive offerings, many shippers still continue to treat them as commodities, sabotaging both parties' chances for success.
Direct Connection

A great year for supply chain and logistics

CSCMP's 26th Annual "State of Logistics Report" confirms that in 2014 the logistics industry experienced its best performance since the Great Recession.

Good news, bad news (and maybe some more good news)

Transportation and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) did better in 2014 than they had in years. That doesn't mean there's nothing to worry about.
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
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking
Pacejet Shipping Software and Single Source Systems partner to support logistics platform
Two firms will leverage Infor ERP software, extend life of SyteLine pick, pack, and ship product beyond 2019.

Forward Thinking
Maersk to combine liner, supply chain units into one product
Ocean shipping, Damco operations to operate with single point of contact.

Forward Thinking
Supply chains shift from global to local
A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.

Forward Thinking
Survey: retailers turning to AI to improve demand management
Artificial intelligence seen as tool for generating more accurate forecasts, Symphony RetailAI says.

Forward Thinking
Diesel to power smaller share of U.S. truck orders by 2040, study says
Battery electric vehicles to gain share as urban trucking grows, technology improves, IHS Markit report says.

Forward Thinking
Florence flooding keeps Port of Wilmington, NC, closed to trucks until Monday
Planned 14-day closure could squeeze imports of bananas, clementines.

Forward Thinking
Florence's winds continue to slow, but heavy rain triggers road, track, and port closures.
Carriers warn clients of freight delays, as floods shutter logistics sites.

Forward Thinking
Small trials can lead to big results with blockchain and AI, panel says
GE and IBM advise launching internal pilots of emerging technologies, Project44 speakers say.

Forward Thinking
South Carolina ports set all-time monthly box record in August
Figure breaks June's prior record.

Forward Thinking
Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices
Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

CSCMP Notebook
A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.