CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
August 18, 2019

Current Issue: Quarter 2 2019

Is demand planning ready for AI?

Technology
Is demand planning ready for AI?

Many companies are excited about the possibility that artificial intelligence could improve the accuracy of their demand plans. However, there are several significant hurdles that they must overcome first.

Strategy

High-flying bird: interview with Keller Rinaudo

While many question whether drone deliveries will ever happen in the developed world, Keller Rinaudo is already using autonomous aircraft to deliver medical supplies to remote locations in Africa.
Preparing for the fumble
Strategy

Preparing for the fumble

Just as every team fumbles the ball sometimes, every supply chain gets disrupted at one point or another. The trick is to be prepared beforehand so that you know how to respond. This preparation will not only help you get back up and running faster but may also lead to a competitive advantage.
The top 10 supply chain risks of 2019
Strategy

The top 10 supply chain risks of 2019

Modern supply chains are more complex and global than ever before. But that also leaves them open to a wider variety of risks and disruptions. Here are ten risks to track for the coming year.
Which emerging technologies will help you meet your supply chain challenges?
Technology

Which emerging technologies will help you meet your supply chain challenges?

The number of supply chain technologies keeps proliferating. But which ones should companies invest in now, and which ones are not yet ready for prime time?
The most important supply chain software that you don't know much about
Technology

The most important supply chain software that you don't know much about

Distributed order management systems have been around since the 1990s and have proven to be essential for conducting omnichannel fulfillment. But many supply chain managers still do not know the full range of applications that the software can provide.
Columns
Monetary Matters

What's the road ahead for trucking?

A study by IHS Markit indicates that trucking will see an increase in demand and a shift toward alternative fuels and new technology.
Perspective

Farewell, Big K

The demise of my local retailer has me pondering: What went wrong?
Direct Connection

The future of managing inventory flow

With the rise of e-commerce, CSCMP seeks to help companies and supply chain professionals find solutions to their inventory management challenges, especially in urban areas.
Reflections

What's over the horizon?

Instead of reacting to supply chain risks as they come, organizations should have an integrated anticipatory process.
Afterword

Can it get any hotter?

Retail remains a white-hot sector in logistics, and it's still heating up.
Forward Thinking

Trade experts counsel measured response to China tariffs

Warning there may be more pain ahead, speakers at an international trade conference offered do's and don'ts for mitigating the impact of higher tariffs on Chinese goods.

Survey finds trade, tariffs still top business concern

Small and mid-sized businesses are expanding their international reach to offset impact of China tariffs, DHL Express report shows.

Digital transformation highlights talent crunch

Procurement organizations must transform and "reskill" existing staff to meet the demands of a digital business services environment, study says.
Departments
CSCMP Notebook

How customer experience is driving supply chain innovation

CSCMP's Hot Topic publication explores why innovation and customer experience are key factors for all businesses.
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP's annual conference is looking toward the future

CSCMP EDGE Conference and Exhibition will be held in Anaheim, California September 15 - 18.
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Forward Thinking
Study: Challenges ahead for warehouse automation market
Researcher points to double-digit growth in warehouse automation this year and next, with headwinds expected in 2021.

Forward Thinking
Virginia, Los Angeles ports post strong July
Record volumes continue at East and West Coast ports, setting the stage for a busy fall, officials say.

Forward Thinking
Report: The delivery economy is here
Demand for fast, seamless delivery is changing the customer experience across B2C and B2B supply chains, tech firm says.

Forward Thinking
Cargo volume remains strong in Oakland, Savannah
Port of Oakland reports record cargo volume for July; Georgia Ports Authority cites rise in intermodal volume at Port of Savannah.

Forward Thinking
Transparency, personalization rule in e-commerce
Online shoppers want clarity on fees, control over the delivery process, easy returns, and loyalty rewards, UPS study shows.

Forward Thinking
Report: rise of car-sharing will roil automotive industry
Conventional car ownership to be replaced by app-based ride-hailing and vehicle-sharing, Lux Research says.

Forward Thinking
FedEx to sever another Amazon link when ground-delivery contract expires
Carrier had also stepped away from air shipping contract with its e-commerce "frenemy" in June.

Forward Thinking
Logistics industry growth accelerates in July
Monthly Logistics Manager's Index rises 2 percent to 57.2; researchers cite continued decline in transportation prices.

Forward Thinking
IBM's latest blockchain product aims to simplify supplier networks
Trust Your Supplier product joins menu of blockchain networks for food, containers, drugs.

Forward Thinking
Truck driver shortage hits 15-year high, ATA says
The trucking industry was short nearly 61,000 drivers in 2018, a figure that could rise to 100,000 in five years, association report shows.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP recognizes 2019 Emerging Leader Award winners
Unilever's Anahi Arza and CoLane's Parker Holcomb will be recognized at CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference for their meaningful contributions to the supply chain profession.

Johnson & Johnson supply chain executive to receive CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) will recognize Kathy Wengel for her contributions to the field at the annual EDGE Conference in September.

Booming economy drives U.S. business logistics costs up 11.4 percent
While shippers struggled to keep pace with tight capacity and rising rates in 2018, many of those pressures are starting to ease, says 30th annual State of Logistics Report.

CSCMP looks to give military veterans the EDGE
Veterans interested in a career in logistics and supply chain management can apply until June 1 for free CSCMP benefits.

CSCMP to unveil 30th Annual State of Logistics Report in June
This year's report will be released June 18, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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