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August 21, 2014
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Each month the Supply Chain Executive Insight e-newsletter will include brief articles about developments that are often overlooked by other supply chain publications. We will present you with summaries of the latest research as well as new ideas on how to make your supply chain operations more effective. And we'll offer commentary that sheds light on what's happening in supply chains today.
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Shrinking truck capacity a sign of economic equilibrium
Truck capacity is adjusting to a shift in demand caused by the growth of e-commerce.
Forward Thinking
Supply chain executives fail to properly manage supplier risks
Respondents to a University of Tennessee survey recognize the importance of supplier risk, but few measure it.

Forward Thinking
Few companies achieve a high ROI from risk management
A new Accenture study correlates specific management strategies with high returns on investments in supply chain risk management.

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Most retail supply chains are not ready for omnichannel commerce
Less than one-fourth of retail CEOs participating in a global study sponsored by JDA Software believe the rise of omnichannel shopping will affect their organizations.

Forward Thinking
"State of Logistics Report": U.S. warehousing demand spiked in 2013 due to cheap money, retailers' overconfidence
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual research report says logistics costs as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) fell to 8.2 percent last year.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain analytics tops executives' priority list for technology investment
Most respondents to an IBM survey said they plan to implement advanced analytics and modeling in the next two to five years. Visibility was second on their priority list.

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Survey: Cost, IT, strategy, transportation are top concerns for supply chain managers
The Q1 edition of the "Supply Chain Heartbeat" survey found that some supply chain basics are "top of mind" for supply chain executives.

Forward Thinking
Apple rules Gartner's "Supply Chain Top 25" list again
The global consumer electronics company retains the top spot for the seventh consecutive year.

Forward Thinking
Global Trade and Container Flow Index
Despite the eurozone's fiscal troubles, global trade in Q1/2014 increased at an estimated rate of 1.3 percent, to US $2.234 billion. That growth was largely fueled by rising exports and domestic market demand in developed economies.

Forward Thinking
Industrial purchasers are embracing e-commerce
What was once the sole province of consumers has migrated to the realm of industrial purchasing, according to the results of a recent surveyed sponsored by UPS.

Forward Thinking
Amazon plans to revamp its U.S. shipping network
A company-controlled private fleet reportedly will serve the 40 largest population centers, with the balance handled by regional parcel carriers and the U.S. Postal Service.