CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 28, 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
If you don't know what blockchain is, start studying
Get familiar with this technology now. Originally designed for managing digital currency, it's well on its way to adoption as a means of tracking supply chain transactions.

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
We haven't done enough to promote diversity
A recent supply chain talent survey shows that while the profession continues to evolve, it still lacks diversity. Let's vow to do better.

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
U.S. economy can push 3-percent growth next year if retailers cut stores, economist says
Ratajczak also says oil won't exceed $70 a barrel for next three years.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce growth drives DC demand in smaller U.S. markets
Warehouse rental rates in "secondary" markets like Denver, Detroit, and Portland now exceed prerecession levels, CBRE says.

Forward Thinking
Study calls for digitization of maritime shipping data
The ocean supply chain incurs expensive inefficiency due to poor data sharing in five key areas, a survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Annual "State of Logistics Report" shows industry looking in cloudy rear-view mirror
Expenditures dropped in 2016 for the first time in six years; logistics-spending-to-GDP ratio is at its lowest level since 2009

Forward Thinking
Long-time supply chain thought leader Art van Bodegraven dies at age 78
A prolific writer and well-known consultant, van Bodegraven had a 55-year career focused on supply chain management and leadership development.

Forward Thinking
AI adoption in supply chain is accelerating, but barriers to success abound, analyst says
In a recent conference presentation, Gartner's Noha Tohamy outlined promising supply chain applications for artificial intelligence and discussed potential barriers to adoption.

Forward Thinking
The new supply chain imperative
It's no longer enough for your supply chain to get goods to customers "cheaper, faster, today." It also must further long-term strategic growth.

Forward Thinking
Report sheds new light on supposed end of U.S. manufacturing
More jobs were created than lost since 1979, and manufacturing gained 11 percent during various downturns, the report says.

Forward Thinking
NASSTRAC honors Mac Donald
Supply Chain Quarterly's editorial group director receives shipper association's President's Award.

Forward Thinking
How Lenovo tackles the global workforce challenge
The technology giant strengthens its supply chain talent pool by focusing on geographic, cognitive, skill, and generational diversity; its unusual approach to leadership development has created a deep bench of internationally savvy managers.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP and Truckstop.com collaborate on supply chain paper contest
The first-place winner of the annual Call for Papers for Young Professionals will receive a complimentary registration to the CSCMP EDGE conference.

In their own words: Members tell why CSCMP is important to them
A new video produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals features members' thoughts on the personal and professional benefits of membership in the organization.

CSCMP EDGE conference announces its lineup of keynote speakers
A writer from Pixar Animation Studio, an artificial intelligence expert, and a war hero will provide advice on leading during times of change.

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