CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 10, 2018

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2011

Weak and getting weaker?

State of Logistics Report
Weak and getting weaker?

After hitting a low point in 2009, U.S. logistics costs as a percentage of GDP rose by 10 percent last year. Unfortunately, that's no cause for optimism: prospects for further business growth are uncertain indeed.

A cloudy forecast for air freight
Air

A cloudy forecast for air freight

Air carriers enjoyed a strong recovery in 2010 and early 2011. But oil price volatility and a looming supply/demand imbalance mean there could be some rate turbulence in the next year or two.
Energy

Warning: now entering the Oil Danger Zone

This may be the year when demand for oil outstrips supply. Expect price hikes and shortages ahead.
Inventory

Sign of the times

By analyzing inventory-to-sales ratios, we can see just how severe and far-reaching the recession was and how weak the recovery has been thus far.
Ocean

The calm after the storm

After rates rose and plunged dramatically in 2010, shippers will see more stability this year. Increases in capacity will outpace volume, keeping rates from rising.
Rail

No time to lose

Rail freight shippers need to start thinking now about how they will handle the impact of a coming capacity crunch and rising rates.
3PLs continue long-term growth
Third-Party Logistics

3PLs continue long-term growth

After regaining their footing in 2010, logistics service providers are expected to see net revenues grow by more than 10 percent this year.
Warehousing

The right site, at the right price

Rising fuel and shipping costs, coupled with a weak economy, have companies searching for distribution sites that will help cut operating costs. They're finding some attractive opportunities.
Trucking

Rough ride ahead

Carriers and shippers will need to work together to navigate challenges such as high fuel costs, driver shortages, and tight capacity.
Alive and kicking
Technology

Alive and kicking

Supply chain execution software can expect strong sales in the next several years as companies replace aging systems and respond to new priorities prompted by the recession.
Columns
Afterword

Job creation should be "Job Number 1"

Anything government and business can do to boost job creation right now will help stoke the engines of economic growth.
Direct Connection

The way forward

The statistics and industry insights contained in the "State of Logistics Report" can help companies better prepare for the business demands that lie ahead.
Perspective

Economic anemia will lead to innovation

Expect no letup in the relentless pressure on U.S. logistics managers to cut costs. To meet that challenge, they will have to regularly re-examine the makeup of their supply chain networks.
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Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
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Research for the Real World
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Forward Thinking
Global AGV market to reach $7.3 billion by 2025
Growing demand for material handling equipment will boost AGV market over next seven years, study shows.

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Florida nears opening date for autonomous vehicle test track
$42 million Suntrax site to open in Spring 2019, reach completion in 2021.

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FedEx Express taps Subramaniam as new chief
Cunningham to retire Dec. 31 from firm's air and international unit.

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KPMG predicts revolution in last-mile logistics
Use of autonomous delivery vehicles will drastically change consumer e-commerce environment by 2040, research study says.

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DHL to invest $300 million in emerging technologies
Supply chain arm will deploy piece-picking robots, AI, self-driving vehicles in 350 of its 430 North American sites.

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Global trade growth to slow in early 2019, DHL study forecasts
Logistics index tracks impact of political turmoil from U.S. tarrifs, U.K. Brexit.

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Collaborative robot milestone reached: 1 million units picked in five days
Robotics firm 6 River Systems says its solution helped 25 warehouses across United States ramp up for Cyber Monday.

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AI: The future is now
A recent survey shows that a third of U.S. workers are already interacting with artificial intelligence (AI) as a regular part of their job.

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Talent shortage to hit manufacturing hard
As many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next 10 years due to widening skills gap, study shows.

Forward Thinking
DHL Adjusts Prices for 2019
Shipment prices to rise an average 5.4 percent for U.S. account holders in January, DHL Express says.

CSCMP Notebook
The age of transparency
CSCMP publication takes a look at how supply chains can become more transparent to meet consumers' evolving needs.

ALAN presents Humanitarian Logistics Awards to supporters of disaster relief efforts
The nonprofit organization recognized long-time humanitarian Alison Thompson and five logistics organizations during the CSCMP EDGE Conference.

2018 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Intel grabs top honors for its artificial intelligence sourcing solution.

CSCMP presents 2018 awards for excellence
A recap of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' prestigious awards for excellence.

2018 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2018 conference held in October in Nashville, Tennessee.

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