CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Logistics
June 28, 2017

E-commerce growth drives DC demand in smaller U.S. markets

Warehouse rental rates in "secondary" markets like Denver, Detroit, and Portland now exceed prerecession levels, CBRE says.

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.

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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.
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U.S. economy can push 3-percent growth next year if retailers cut stores, economist says
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E-commerce growth drives DC demand in smaller U.S. markets
Warehouse rental rates in "secondary" markets like Denver, Detroit, and Portland now exceed prerecession levels, CBRE says.

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Study calls for digitization of maritime shipping data
The ocean supply chain incurs expensive inefficiency due to poor data sharing in five key areas, a survey shows.

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Annual "State of Logistics Report" shows industry looking in cloudy rear-view mirror
Expenditures dropped in 2016 for the first time in six years; logistics-spending-to-GDP ratio is at its lowest level since 2009

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Long-time supply chain thought leader Art van Bodegraven dies at age 78
A prolific writer and well-known consultant, van Bodegraven had a 55-year career focused on supply chain management and leadership development.

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AI adoption in supply chain is accelerating, but barriers to success abound, analyst says
In a recent conference presentation, Gartner's Noha Tohamy outlined promising supply chain applications for artificial intelligence and discussed potential barriers to adoption.

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The new supply chain imperative
It's no longer enough for your supply chain to get goods to customers "cheaper, faster, today." It also must further long-term strategic growth.

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Report sheds new light on supposed end of U.S. manufacturing
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NASSTRAC honors Mac Donald
Supply Chain Quarterly's editorial group director receives shipper association's President's Award.

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How Lenovo tackles the global workforce challenge
The technology giant strengthens its supply chain talent pool by focusing on geographic, cognitive, skill, and generational diversity; its unusual approach to leadership development has created a deep bench of internationally savvy managers.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP's annual conference to focus on leading-edge thinking
CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is expected to draw more than 3,000 supply chain processionals from across the globe.

Hunting for qualified interns? Ask CSCMP!
CSCMP's online Career Center has a new feature dedicated to internships.

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.

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