CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
April 20, 2018

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2017

Uncertain times

State of Logistics Report
Uncertain times

U.S. logistics costs in 2016 fell for the first time since 2010, logistics costs as a percentage of U.S. GDP dropped to its lowest level since the Great Recession, and transportation spending fell even as energy prices rose. Add technology to the mix, and it's anyone's guess what will happen next.

Rail

Battling back

Carload volumes are stronger than they were last year but remain well below 2015's numbers. Intermodal shipments, meanwhile, are up considerably over last year.
Warehousing

Big growth, big challenges

Macrotrends such as the growth of e-commerce and same-day delivery are placing costly new demands on warehouse operators. Here are four major problem areas affecting site-selection decisions this year.
Third-Party Logistics

Challenged by change

Third-party logistics companies expect to see more revenue growth in 2017, but that positive outlook is tempered by concerns about new competitors, technology, and the Trump administration's policies.
Technology

Invest for success

Better allocation of supply chain technology investments helps companies reach higher stages of supply chain maturity—and, in turn, achieve stronger overall business performance.
Inventory

Steady as she goes

With a breakout performance by the U.S. economy looking unlikely, business inventories are still running lean—but stimulative policies could provide a boost.
Air

Fighting it out on the ground

The global air cargo segment is holding its own, but the future of U.S. domestic and air parcel service could be determined by how well those carriers play their ground game.
Ocean

Analytics: The next wave

The adoption of advanced data analytics is already reshaping the ocean shipping industry, bringing transformative improvements in information management, operational efficiency, and decision-making.
Trucking

Bumpy road ahead

The trucking industry—particularly the truckload segment—will see continuing uncertainty as demand grows slowly and rates remain flat.
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Perspective

"Accelerating into Uncertainty"

The "State of Logistics Report" balances a generally positive assessment of the U.S. economy with the impact of the fast-moving, disruptive forces buffeting the logistics and transportation industry.
Direct Connection

U.S. business logistics costs—and so much more

The "State of Logistics Report" provides you with the statistics and industry insights that will help you do your job better and prepare you for the business demands ahead.
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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Perspective
Happy (or maybe not) New Year
Are you ready to respond to the disruptions that may be in store for 2018?

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

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
Flood of cross-border e-commerce packages challenges customs authorities to keep up, ensure security
U.S. and other governments are missing trade and product data while struggling to identify security risks for time-sensitive shipments, customs broker says.

Forward Thinking
How the maritime industry can compete in the age of Amazon
Port of Long Beach head says ecosystem must adopt "24/7 thinking" and a range of operational improvements to meet businesses' need for speed.

Forward Thinking
What, me worry about tariffs?
Many international traders are concerned about the possibility of a trade war with China. Their worries may be overstated.

Forward Thinking
Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says
Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds.

Forward Thinking
The three biggest barriers impeding adoption of the "digital supply chain"
New MHI industry report identifies the five key technologies necessary for the next generation of supply chain management and the three biggest barriers standing in the way.

Forward Thinking
Capacity crisis (surprise!) hogs the spotlight at TIA annual conference
Public, private networking chatter focus on the rate pain likely to come.

Forward Thinking
Zebra Technologies reveals insights from omnichannel study
In spite of growing complexity, more than half of companies are still using pen and paper to manage e-commerce deliveries.

Forward Thinking
Put your trust in crowd sourcing and big data, McAfee urges keynote crowd
In the "digital future," conventional wisdom is replaced with new playbook for business success, MIT author says.

Forward Thinking
Modex keynote provides a how-to guide to "disrupting yourself"
UPS CIO Juan Perez challenges Modex attendees to create a culture of—and structure for—innovation within their company.

Forward Thinking
Warehouse network ill-suited for e-commerce needs, report finds
New construction activity makes just minor dent in the problem, CBRE says.

CSCMP Notebook
Amazon EU director will present at CSCMP European Conference
Amazon's Sean Olson-Roy leads a strong lineup of sessions on supply chain's latest trends and developments.

What is the consumer Internet of Things?
New Hot Topics report from CSCMP outlines the evolution of IoT and advocates for strong standards.

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.

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