CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 26, 2019

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2012

A long and winding road to recovery

State of Logistics Report
A long and winding road to recovery

In a slowly reviving economy, U.S. logistics costs as a percentage of gross domestic product increased as rail and motor carriers raised rates. When the economy bounces back, shipment capacity rather than rates may be the big issue facing logistics managers.

A strong and sustainable recovery
Third-Party Logistics

A strong and sustainable recovery

Thanks to post-recession market dynamics, the outlook for the third-party logistics sector is positive for some time to come.
In a holding pattern
Air

In a holding pattern

Although there are some bright spots in the air cargo market, generally flat cargo volumes coupled with increasing capacity are keeping things fairly calm for now.
As goes oil, so goes diesel
Diesel

As goes oil, so goes diesel

Diesel fuel prices will remain high, but—barring any major, unexpected disruptions in the crude oil market—dramatic price swings are unlikely for the time being.
Direct-to-consumer challenges for distribution
E-Commerce

Direct-to-consumer challenges for distribution

The growth of electronic commerce, with its small orders for individual consumers, will require some big changes in warehousing and distribution operations.
Caution rules
Inventory

Caution rules

Despite growth in sales, inventories remain lean as companies hesitate to make investments in the face of an uncertain economic future.
A good time to make a deal
Ocean

A good time to make a deal

Overcapacity and a changing economic landscape are shifting the supply/demand balance in shippers' favor.
The outlook for oil prices
Oil

The outlook for oil prices

Oil prices are falling as the market deals with an ample supply and a weakening economy.
Driving
Rail

Driving "next gen" performance

To continue to improve productivity and attract new customers, railroads will have to get out of their comfort zone and adopt new technologies.
Think globally, site locally
Warehousing

Think globally, site locally

Site selection for a new distribution center has always been influenced by local costs and constraints. Now companies also need to consider global trends.
Hungry for a better strategy
Trucking

Hungry for a better strategy

Traditional approaches to transportation management won't stand up in today's truck transportation market. Shippers and carriers need a new recipe for doing business together.
A strategic shift
Technology

A strategic shift

The primary reasons why companies are investing in supply chain technology are changing. Enhancing the customer experience, driving growth, and creating innovation now outrank cutting costs and improving efficiencies.
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Direct Connection

Meaningful news you can use

This year's "State of Logistics Report" provides an overview of the economy over the past year, the logistics industry's key trends, and the total U.S. logistics costs for 2011.
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Forward Thinking
Global WMS market to reach $5 billion
E-commerce explosion will drive 14 percent growth rate in spending, create 57,000 new warehouses globally by 2025, study shows.

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Survey: political uncertainty is dampening expansion plans by U.S. companies
82 percent would like to expand, but 55 percent worry their supply chains are at risk from shifting policies, Vuealta reports.

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Recruiting site ranks C.R. England, C.H. Robinson execs in top 100 CEOs
Glassdoor survey measures employee reviews of their bosses' leadership.

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Mobility, partial automation dominate in the warehouse
By 2024, six out of 10 companies will use warehouse automation to enhance the human element, not replace it, Zebra Technologies study shows.

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Commentary: Six tips for attracting (and keeping) distribution labor
Facing low unemployment rates, retailers are having to get creative to recruit and retain distribution center employees, says the upcoming State of Retail Supply Chain study.

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Report finds cargo theft is most often an inside job
Criminal organizations recruit company employees to gain data, cargo information, delivery routes, insurance company says.

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Commentary: Challenging the warehouse management system implementation paradigm
Warehouse management systems have come a long way from the 1980s and 1990s. So why are so many companies still asking for customizations? Here's the case for no modifications in WMS implementations.

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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.

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DHL Supply Chain to expand U.S. pharmaceutical, medical device distribution network
Contract logistics firm will invest $150 million to open nine new facilities, enhance technology, and expand existing operations in the U.S., company says.

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Hackett Group names 2019 Digital Award winners
Consulting firm honors companies on the cutting edge of smart automation, robotic process automation, cognitive computing, and analytics.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

NASSTRAC spring meeting to focus on federal regulations and legislation
In addition to a full day of educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders and discuss topics affecting transportation.

CSCMP's annual conference is looking toward the future
CSCMP EDGE Conference and Exhibition will be held in Anaheim, California September 15 - 18.

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.

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