CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 14, 2018

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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Research for the Real World
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Forward Thinking
Commentary: Fritos, aluminum, and unintended consequences
While companies continue to focus their attention on blockchain and the Amazon effect, Trump's tariffs stand to pose a real threat to global supply chains.

Forward Thinking
Supply chain disruptions hit record high
Disruptive events accelerate in first half of 2018, with North America leading the way as most-affected region, company report shows.

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.

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

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

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

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

Forward Thinking
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.

CSCMP Notebook
2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame nominations are open
Industry professionals have until February 1, 2019 to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

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.

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