CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 14, 2017

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

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.
E-Commerce

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.
Inventory

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.
Ocean

Shifting currents

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

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.
Warehousing

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.
Trucking

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.
Technology

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.
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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.
Perspective

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.
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Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance
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CSCMP Notebook
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2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
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CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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