CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Logistics
March 30, 2017

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.

Intermodal congestion problems must be tackled holistically, FMC commissioner says

Dye says solutions must go beyond individual carriers and ports and must come from industry, not feds.

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Perspective
What do you mean, "without the anxiety"?
Human resources issues were beyond the scope of our series on managing the supply chain implications of mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. That doesn't mean they aren't a concern.

Procurement Priorities
Starved for resources?
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.

Top-Performing Supply Chains
Carter's: A story of supply chain leadership
The children's apparel company Carter's has made significant improvements to its supply chain by leveraging scale while managing complexity.

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.
Forward Thinking
What growing nationalism may mean for procurement
A report from the software and consulting company GEP argues that rising nationalism will mean increases in procurement costs and a growing need for risk-mitigation plans.

Forward Thinking
How Ford is collaborating with suppliers to green its supply chain
By sharing its own best practices with its suppliers, the automaker is on track to save 550 million gallons of water and cut carbon emissions by 500,000 metric tons over the next five years.

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Lack of internal resources and talent may hinder procurement's digital transformation
A survey by The Hackett Group suggests that procurement organizations are moving forward with major technology implementations without having the needed skills and internal resources.

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Digital logistics market set for 8.1 percent compound annual growth through 2022
Advanced technologies and communication tools improve supply chain efficiency, a new report says.

Forward Thinking
Study: warehousing services market to grow at 6 percent CAGR
Warehousing service providers are planning for growth by deploying technology, alliances, and bundled services.

Forward Thinking
Small and mid-sized manufacturers are behind on supply chain management, according to Grant Thornton
A recent survey finds that more than a third of respondents have only informal supply chain processes.

Forward Thinking
HighJump names four supply chain trends for 2017
Digital transformation strategies should include consumer-grade user interfaces, data analytics, unified commerce, and automated computing. says the software company.

Forward Thinking
How Hilti helps logistics professionals gain more visibility
The European construction-products company has created an award-winning career development plan that enables its logistics employees to play a more entrepreneurial role and demonstrate the value they add companywide.

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Survey: retailers drive demand for Internet of Things
Zebra study shows retailers seek technologies to let them fulfill online orders from store shelves.

Forward Thinking
Manufacturing jobs may indeed be coming "home," but who will do them?
A new AlixPartners report says that while more manufacturers are considering "nearshoring," they are also stymied by a shortage of skilled labor. Robots may well offer a solution.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

CSCMP renames its annual conference "CSCMP EDGE"
The rebranded annual conference will provide attendees with an edge on the latest supply chain thinking and research.

CSCMP roundtables head into spring with a host of new events
With more than 80 local chapters or roundtables, the supply chain organization has events occurring nearly every week.

European Supply Chain Leadership Forum focuses on enhancing the customer experience
This annual event, hosted by CSCMP's Spain Rountable, will feature presentations from leading supply chain practitioners and experts.

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