CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 18, 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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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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Perspective
The young and the ambitious
Take the time to learn more about the talented, motivated young people who are entering our profession. There's much you can do to help them achieve their goals.

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
U.S. import box rates continue fall despite solid U.S. traffic flows
Spot-market data from online quote portal Freightos shows persistent rate declines.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Unleashing your supply chain's potential through a bimodal approach
Gaining the full benefits of this valuable approach requires integrating two ways of thinking.

Forward Thinking
New report goes inside the minds of young supply chain professionals
YPs give high marks to their jobs, their employers, and the profession as a whole, but they're always on the lookout for career development and advancement opportunities, a survey of nearly 300 young CSCMP members finds.

Forward Thinking
Will Amazon dominate last-mile delivery? Consensus, right now, is probably not
Industry observers see rumored U.S. testing of the company's "Seller Flex" service as an attempt to stay ahead of surging demand, not as a market-share play.

Forward Thinking
Twin hurricanes may go down as nation's most expensive natural disaster, report says
Harvey, Irma to shave 1.2 percent off Q3 GDP growth; transport services back to normal in Houston.

Forward Thinking
GE enrolls 35 employees in MIT supply chain course
Students in GE's anagement leadership students will attend mix of online and in-person courses.

Forward Thinking
Disruptive business models require disruptive supply chain strategies
Nike, Blue Apron, and Peloton executives discussed how they are adapting their supply chains for their direct-to-consumer business models at the CSCMP EDGE Annual Conference.

Forward Thinking
Trump's Jones Act waiver to aid Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands may not solve near-term problem
Stevedores want cash to move boxes, but many banks aren't open to provide it, says Kathy Fulton of the American Logistics Aid Network.

Forward Thinking
Which supply chain innovations are ready for the mainstream?
A new report from Gartner Inc. identifies nine new technologies and strategies that it predicts will see widespread adoption by 2022.

Forward Thinking
Digitization will boost supply chain value, executives say
CSCMP EDGE panel says that technology will help improve delivery times to meet strict customer demands.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

CSCMP names 2017 Emerging Leader Award winners
Nathan Chaney of Mainfreight and David Perez of Cushman & Wakefield will be recognized at CSCMP's annual conference for their contributions as young supply chain professionals.

CSCMP EDGE conference to offer three facility tours
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a Home Depot fulfillment center, and a Kroger distribution center.

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.

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