CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 18, 2017

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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.

Battling back
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.
Big growth, big challenges
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.
Challenged by change
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.
Invest for success
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.
Steady as she goes
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.
Fighting it out on the ground
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.
Analytics: The next wave
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.
Bumpy road ahead
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.
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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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