CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Logistics
May 23, 2017

Panel of supply chain experts preaches "work smarter, more responsibly"

At the opening session for ProMat 2017, executives from UPS, Boeing, and REI discuss how their companies are benefiting from sustainability efforts.

Supply chain evolution in a crisis: Case studies from Russia

Its size and relative wealth make Russia an important market. But the long distances and limited infrastructure that create significant supply chain challenges have been compounded in recent years by economic upheaval. The crisis has scared off some international players. Others see it as an opportunity.

New index polls logistics managers to gauge U.S. economy's direction

Logistics Manager's Index seeks respondents for monthly poll measuring transportation, warehousing, and inventory activity.

Global transport will find it hard to cut carbon emissions, report finds

Transportation carbon levels won't show improvement by 2050 without drastic changes, according to the International Transport Forum.

Multitasking DCs deliver the goods for omnichannel retailers

Three-quarters of retailers fulfill orders from multiple channels at a single distribution center, according to an annual omnichannel fulfillment survey.

Best-in-class retailers have greater supply chain visibility than peers

A survey by Aberdeen Group shows leading retailers not only possess better visibility of their in-transit shipments but also have a clearer view of supplier quality and manufacturing processes than their competitors.

Early holiday shoppers have highest expectations for order fulfillment

Early holiday shoppers have higher expectations for swift delivery than their more leisurely neighbors, a survey shows.

Smart-packaging market to reach $26.7 billion by 2024

Beyond just containing inventory, smart parcels provide services such as location tracking and moisture control.

Public opinion on drone delivery is mixed

A report by the U.S. Postal Service finds that older generations are less likely to be interested in receiving packages delivered by unmanned autonomous vehicles.

Report: Hot growth in emerging markets could stall with traffic jams

Developing countries are slow to develop road networks capable of meeting rising demand for freight movement, says research firm.

Survey: online shoppers demand visibility as well as speed in delivery

More than 45 percent of shoppers have abandoned a retailer because of poor order transparency, 3PL says.

Big data, analytics gaining traction, annual shipper-3PL survey concludes

The vast majority of survey respondents say the new discipline will have a significant impact on their supply chain.

Heavy rain may bring more pain for the U.S. supply chain

A new report from FM Global says that some regions of the United States will see increased incidents of extreme rainfall and urges supply chain managers to prepare.

Logistics costs at a turning point

This year's edition of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' "State of Logistics Report" finds evidence of dramatic change in the drivers of U.S. business logistics costs.

Public-private partnerships are essential to improving humanitarian supply chains

A recent paper from the World Food Programme says that NGOs, governments, and the private sector need to form collaborative partnerships to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.

"State of Logistics Report" says end of cheap inventory financing will create supply chain challenges

Inventory carrying costs in 2015 rose 5.1 percent over the year-earlier period, according to the report.

<i>CSCMP State of Logistics Report</i> to be released next week

Results from the report will be presented by consulting company A.T. Kearney.

Global air freight remains saddled by overcapacity, IATA April data show

The International Air Transport Association found that year-over-year tonnage space has more than doubled.

GS1 drafts standards for efficient e-commerce shipping

The e-commerce fulfillment "roadmap" is designed to help harmonize in-store and online fulfillment practices, the group says.

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Sustainable procurement now has management's attention. But a recent study finds that executives may not be willing to commit the human and financial resources needed for such programs to succeed.

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Time for a change in direction: Seven use cases for hyperledger in the supply chain
To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace open source technology.

Research for the Real World
The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
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Study shows growth in digital linkages between customers and suppliers
Nearly a third of companies surveyed say their trading partners are more prepared for automated data exchange than they are.

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Mexico's NAFTA advocate
Despite the current uncertainties about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico's place in the global supply chain is secure, says Kenneth Smith Ramos, head of the Mexico's Trade and NAFTA Office in Washington, D.C.

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Which country has the most resilient supply chain of them all?
FM Global has released the results of its 2017 Global Resilience Index, which ranks countries based on their ability to tolerate disruptive events. The latest edition features more risk factors and a new comparison function.

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Sea container imports seen growing through summer, fall, report says
First-half TEU volumes are forecast to be up 5.6 percent, an NRF-Hackett report says.

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SCM World is accepting entries for its Power of the Profession Awards
The awards will recognize supply chain initiatives that have not only delivered value to customers and shareholders but also had an impact on diversity, employee engagement, or critical world issues.

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North American robotics orders jump 32 percent in first quarter
Growth is driven as Amazon and GM invest in automation, the industry's trade group says.

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Creating a consumer-friendly supply chain continues to challenge retailers
For retail supply chains to succeed today, they must focus on improving the consumer's overall experience. Many are still struggling to achieve that goal, says a recent report from eyefortransport.

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Consumer goods companies hone technology solutions
Grocers are finding new supply chain efficiencies with the latest technology, but the solutions aren't always perfect out of the box.

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Food retailers name three ways to cut "unsaleable" goods out of supply chain
Trading Partner Alliance (TPA) and CHEP encourage wider sharing of UPC-level data and better management of shelf life and discontinued items.

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DeBiase, French to receive AWESOME Legendary Leadership Awards
Fourth annual awards recognize successful supply chain executives who have addressed women's career challenges and supported the advancement of women's supply chain leadership.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and Truckstop.com collaborate on supply chain paper contest
The first-place winner of the annual Call for Papers for Young Professionals will receive a complimentary registration to the CSCMP EDGE conference.

In their own words: Members tell why CSCMP is important to them
A new video produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals features members' thoughts on the personal and professional benefits of membership in the organization.

CSCMP EDGE conference announces its lineup of keynote speakers
A writer from Pixar Animation Studio, an artificial intelligence expert, and a war hero will provide advice on leading during times of change.

Tackling the challenge of last-mile delivery
In the latest CSCMP Hot Topics publication, A.T. Kearney analysts predict how companies will respond to the increasing demands and costs associated with e-commerce logistics.

Nominate a promising supply chain star for the CSCMP Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award
Nominations are due May 15.

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