CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 21, 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.
Columns
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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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
Making the most out of flash sales
E-commerce sites have found that flash sales can be an effective way of getting rid of excess inventory. But setting the right price and forecasting the success of these sales is difficult. A new model may help.
Forward Thinking
Maersk to combine liner, supply chain units into one product
Ocean shipping, Damco operations to operate with single point of contact.

Forward Thinking
Supply chains shift from global to local
A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.

Forward Thinking
Survey: retailers turning to AI to improve demand management
Artificial intelligence seen as tool for generating more accurate forecasts, Symphony RetailAI says.

Forward Thinking
Diesel to power smaller share of U.S. truck orders by 2040, study says
Battery electric vehicles to gain share as urban trucking grows, technology improves, IHS Markit report says.

Forward Thinking
Florence flooding keeps Port of Wilmington, NC, closed to trucks until Monday
Planned 14-day closure could squeeze imports of bananas, clementines.

Forward Thinking
Florence's winds continue to slow, but heavy rain triggers road, track, and port closures.
Carriers warn clients of freight delays, as floods shutter logistics sites.

Forward Thinking
Small trials can lead to big results with blockchain and AI, panel says
GE and IBM advise launching internal pilots of emerging technologies, Project44 speakers say.

Forward Thinking
South Carolina ports set all-time monthly box record in August
Figure breaks June's prior record.

Forward Thinking
Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices
Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.

Forward Thinking
How to prepare your supply chain for a hurricane
New report from DHL offers tips for "battening down the hatches" when your supply chain is threatened by a major storm.

CSCMP Notebook
A mixed bag
The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.

Back on the "unchained" gang?
CSCMP looks to reunite "CSCMP Unchained" band at this fall's Edge conference.

Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains.

SCPro Bridge Exam offered at annual conference
For the first time, attendees of CSCMP's EDGE Conference can take the SCPro Bridge certification exam. The proctored exam will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.

CSCMP honors military members with benefits
The council now offers discounted rates for military membership and registration for its EDGE annual conference as well as 100-percent reimbursement on SCPro certification exams.

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