CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 16, 2017

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2016

A tale of transition

State of Logistics Report
A tale of transition

E-commerce and omnichannel retail are pushing aside the traditional drivers of business logistics costs, putting the U.S. consumer in the driver's seat when it comes to cost, service, and strategy. The shift may be permanent.

Rail

Trouble on the tracks

A conjunction of adverse conditions has sent freight volumes plummeting. The challenge for railroads will be to remain competitive in a changing transportation landscape.
Air

Bargains abound—for now

Overcapacity and low oil prices are keeping airfreight rates low, but shippers should not expect that to last forever.
Inventory

Up, down, and up again

After an unexpected buildup in 2015, U.S. business inventories dipped in the second quarter of 2016—the first contraction since 2011. Inventories should start to grow again before the end of the year.
Ocean

Rough seas

Rising capacity, falling rates, mergers, and the Panama Canal expansion are all making for uncertain times in containerized shipping.
Technology

Getting smart about using software intelligence

Our research finds that six out of 10 readers are now using software to analyze their supply chain operations.
Warehousing

Changing times

As companies decide where to locate their distribution facilities, they must take into account big changes in costs, technology, customer demands, and global economic conditions.
Trucking

Reduced speed zone

With rates, tonnage, and revenue stagnating, the outlook for 2016 is trending toward slow growth for both truckload and less-than-truckload carriers.
Third-Party Logistics

Technology keeps 3PLs on top

As consumer demands quickly change and new competitors enter the market, logistics service providers must make use of new technologies in order to stay competitive.
Columns
Perspective

Logistics costs at a turning point

This year's edition of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' "State of Logistics Report" finds evidence of dramatic change in the drivers of U.S. business logistics costs.
Direct Connection

A new era for logistics

The 2016 "State of Logistics Report" documents how the factors underlying logistics costs and trends are changing—perhaps permanently.
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Perspective
Let's throttle back a bit
Disruptive supply chain technologies that could profoundly change the way we manage inventory, deliver products, and interact with customers are being developed—and implemented—at breakneck speed. Are we moving too fast?

Procurement Priorities
Starved for resources?
Sustainable procurement now has management's attention. But a recent study finds that executives may not be willing to commit the human and financial resources needed for such programs to succeed.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Supply chain excellence: It's tough to make it to the top—and stay there
Research for Supply Chain Insights' 2017 Supply Chains to Admire list shows that very few companies outperform their peers—and those that do often struggle to maintain their leadership positions.

Research for the Real World
How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Want a world-class procurement organization? Start with digital technology, research report says
Companies that are looking to slash procurement costs should design their processes around new technologies such as predictive analytics, social media, robotic process automation, and artificial intelligence, according to The Hackett Group.

Forward Thinking
Direct-to-consumer supply chains: Not just for retail anymore
A survey by LCP Consulting and Cranfield University finds that the majority of manufacturers think that shipping directly to the consumer holds growth potential.

Forward Thinking
U.S. sea container imports on record pace for 2017
The rise in seagoing import traffic will make August the busiest month on record, according to the most recent "Global Port Tracker" report.

Forward Thinking
Beyond recycling: To form a truly "circular supply chain," companies need to go to the next level
A report from the consulting firm Accenture says that not enough companies are fully exploring opportunities to reuse, refurbish, remanufacture, or extend the life of their products.

Forward Thinking
Study: Shipments of asset tracking devices could triple by 2022
Improved technology produces better sensors for Internet of Things.

Forward Thinking
Survey: manufacturers seek "smart factories"
The Internet of Things could provide widespread visibility and improved quality by 2022, Zebra says.

Forward Thinking
What "America First" could mean for your supply chain
A recent report from PwC asserts that the Trump administration's trade agenda represents a dramatic shift from the past and recommends that companies prepare by getting better visibility into where their parts and supplies are coming from.

Forward Thinking
With exports on the rise, U.S. chemical companies must break through supply chain barriers
Infrastructure choke points and organizational silos could disrupt chemical producers' efforts to sell overseas. Here are three ways they can overcome those challenges.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain's continuing image problem
A new DHL survey finds that changing job requirements and a lack of respect for the supply chain discipline are hampering companies' ability to recruit and retain supply chain talent.

Forward Thinking
How back-of-mind backrooms rob retailers of profits
There's a significant cost associated with taking the backroom for granted. Taking the time to re-evaluate a variety of relevant factors can help companies operate a more efficient, cost-effective backroom.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and TSC Advantage offer cybersecurity resources to protect supply chain
The launch of this new training program comes in the wake of a June cyberattack that disrupted operations at Maersk and FedEx.

Arizona Roundtable wins annual CSCMP supply chain simulation game
Online game teaches participants about risk management through running the supply chain for a simulated company.

An AWESOME choice: CSCMP names Nancy Nix as 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors head of women's supply chain association with its highest honor.

CSCMP's annual conference to focus on leading-edge thinking
CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is expected to draw more than 3,000 supply chain processionals from across the globe.

Hunting for qualified interns? Ask CSCMP!
CSCMP's online Career Center has a new feature dedicated to internships.

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