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Logistics
December 15, 2017

Average size of U.S. warehouses has doubled since 2002, CBRE report finds

The broom in e-commerce has expanded the girth and height of warehouse over the past decade.

Convenience drives buying trends in an omnichannel world

"BOPIS" and "BORIS" options breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores as buyers seek convenience above all else in today's omnichannel environment.

Study: Reverse logistics still a puzzle for omnichannel retailers

The promise of hassle-free returns may keep customers happy, but a recent survey suggests that omnichannel players are still struggling to find the right balance between cost and service.

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.

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.

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.

McKinsey report on container shipping in 2067 predicts autonomous 50K TEU vessels

An autonomous transport chain will manage end-to-end ocean shipping flows, the report's authors forecast.

For truckload carriers and their customers, the moment of truth has arrived

Sustained pickup in freight demand will push tight truck supply over the edge, driving up rates, experts say.

Harvey moves on, leaving U.S. transportation network with formidable challenges

Trucking operations to resume out of balance, with many truckload carriers, drivers chasing high-margin "FEMA Freight." LTL carriers may see major cost hit.

American Logistics Aid Network lays groundwork for long-term recovery efforts from Harvey

A network of warehouse and distribution centers is expected to spring up around the Gulf Coast of the United States.

U.S. logistics organizations rush to respond to Hurricane Harvey

American Logistics Aid Network calls on logistics community to make donations that do not tax supply chain capacity.

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.

Transport, logistics CEOs slow on mobile-device uptake, survey shows

Seventy percent of transportation and logistics CEOs fail to grasp the importance of rugged handheld devices, SOTI survey finds.

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.

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U.S. Customs plans to update CTPAT best practices, minimum-security requirements, and compliance certification
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2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
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CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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