CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 20, 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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Happy (or maybe not) New Year
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Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
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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
Commentary: Manufacturing quality reimagined: The hidden power of your data
Manufacturers that only use quality data in a reactive manner at the local plant level are missing out on opportunities to generate large-scale, enterprisewide savings.

Forward Thinking
Be resilient, or be gone! interview with Aaron Parrott
Resiliency is on the lips of a lot of supply chain practitioners. After a traumatic 2017, it needs to be, says Deloitte's Aaron Parrott.

Forward Thinking
Grand Theft Warehousing?
The creator of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto has turned his attention to virtual reality training modules for the warehouse.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shippers see TMS as customer service tool
ARC says users are finding the software can do more than rate discovery.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Eliminating the "tunnel vision" approach to supply chain optimization
"Micro-optimization" of individual processes for cost and efficiency produces only isolated benefits. "Macro-optimization" brings widespread improvement to the enterprise as a whole.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Rubber sole
Citing abuse, L.L. Bean gives lifetime returns policy the bounce.

Forward Thinking
Kohl's fights back—with its stores
Direct-from-store fulfillment, improved collaboration, and improving the use of data are among key drivers moving retailer forward.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: How blockchain and IoT can help you track your assets
Tracking asset provenance poses a huge challenge for global supply chains and insurance providers. Using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies in combination offers a solution that could reshape future supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Distribution networks may need to be reimagined—again
How will the rise of automated vehicles change distribution networks?

Forward Thinking
One answer to China's ban on scrap imports
merQbiz and C.H. Robinson are helping companies navigate big changes in the recycling market.

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

Know a rising supply chain star?
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will be accepting nominations for its Emerging Leader Award through April 15.

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.