CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 20, 2017

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.
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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
Convergence and the future of material handling
The blurring of lines between providers of equipment, software, and other technologies will profoundly change the material handling world—and yours, too.

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
The link between driver turnover and motor carrier safety
While it makes sense that an increase in driver turnover would have a negative effect on the carriers' safety, little is known about the exact nature of the relationship and about whether managers can take steps to mitigate those negative effects.
Forward Thinking
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say
Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
The director of the cargo security program outlined current and planned updates at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's annual cargo symposium.

Forward Thinking
Reshuffled ocean carrier alliances have been good for industry—so far, carrier executives contend
New carrier groupings and industry consolidation not detrimental to shippers, but problems remain, according to speakers at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) conference.

Forward Thinking
Study: consumers prefer in-store shopping over e-commerce
The convenience of in-stock merchandise trumps greater choice and the customization of online inventory, a JDA survey shows.

Forward Thinking
Brexit is already disrupting European supply chains, says U.K. procurement organization
A survey of U.K. and European supply chain managers found that many are reexamining their relationships with suppliers.

Forward Thinking
E-commerce DC of the future to be hybrid of automation, labor, expert says
100 percent automation will never happen, according to Joe Dunlap of real estate and logistics services firm CBRE.

Forward Thinking
New industry group looks to create blockchain standards for the freight industry
The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance seeks to bring together companies that have an interest in the deploying the technology to improve efficiencies in freight transportation.

Forward Thinking
Lights! Camera! Logistics!: interview with Elaine Singleton
Technicolor has been part of the filmgoing fabric for decades. But as Elaine Singleton, the company's vice president of supply chain, explains, there is also a thriving 3PL brand behind the credits.

Forward Thinking
U.S. Customs will devote more attention and resources to technology and e-commerce in 2018, agency's acting head says
Kevin K. McAleenan outlined priorities for the coming year at last week's CONECT conference.

Forward Thinking
Commentary: Driving profitability in an express world
The pressure is on to move to faster and faster delivery to the end consumer. Here are a few strategies shippers can adopt to drive profitability in their transportation networks while still providing what their customers really want.

CSCMP Notebook
2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2017 conference held in September in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

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