CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 16, 2018

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2013

Stuck in neutral

State of Logistics Report
Stuck in neutral

The ratio of U.S. logistics costs as a percentage of GDP hasn't changed in two years. Costs should continue to hold steady as the economy struggles to gain momentum.

Shifting dynamics
Air

Shifting dynamics

Demand is likely to remain depressed, but with flat fuel costs and retail expansion in developing markets, that could change.
Stable outlook for pricing
Diesel

Stable outlook for pricing

With crude oil prices continuing to hold steady, diesel prices are expected to do the same. But the risk that an unforeseen event could spark volatility remains.
A matter of maturity
E-Commerce

A matter of maturity

Before it can select the right supply chain assets and tactics for handling online orders, a company must first understand its e-commerce "maturity level."
Happy days ... for now
Intermodal

Happy days ... for now

Intermodal should continue to see steady growth for years to come, but some developing trends could slow things down in the long term.
Taking it slow
Inventory

Taking it slow

Despite strengthening domestic sales, U.S. companies are continuing to proceed with caution when it comes to accumulating inventory.
Choppy seas
Ocean

Choppy seas

The rebound in demand after the Great Recession didn't last. Carriers in all sectors of the ocean shipping industry could have trouble filling the ships they ordered.
From tactical execution to strategic enablement
Rail

From tactical execution to strategic enablement

Technology that's making true network optimization and supply chain visibility feasible could (and should) lead shippers to rethink how they work with rail carriers.
Two forces for the future
Technology

Two forces for the future

The growing adoption of supply chain applications in the cloud and of those offered by the big ERP vendors will have a significant impact on supply chain technology over the next three years.
A look beneath the surface
Third-Party Logistics

A look beneath the surface

Despite a strengthening economy, signs of instability are beginning to appear in the third-party logistics industry. It's a good time for both 3PLs and their customers to reevaluate their relationships and their contracts.
Keeping a lid on cost pressures
Trucking

Keeping a lid on cost pressures

By using technology and collaborating with their carriers, shippers can mitigate the impact of economic and regulatory trends that are driving up truckers' costs.
Three trends to watch
Warehousing

Three trends to watch

Same-day delivery, sustainability, and increasing regulation will all have an impact on the warehousing industry, but cost will still be a key factor for most companies.
Columns
Perspective

U.S. logistics costs: Are we measuring the right things?

Inventory carrying costs represent a big chunk of the U.S. logistics costs measured by the annual "State of Logistics Report." Some would argue that carrying costs should be excluded.
Direct Connection

Bringing you the big picture

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 2012.
Departments

Chain Reactions

Letters and comments from our readers
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Five seismic shifts in supply chain technology
Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind.

Research for the Real World
What is intuition's role in the supply chain?
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
Forward Thinking
Imports break new records under pressure of holiday peak, tariff threats
Container trade could slump in 2019 as political uncertainty boosts prices, dampens consumer sentiment, NRF-Hackett report says.

Forward Thinking
Logistics Manager's Index shows growth rate slowed in November
Economic conditions cool off for transportation prices, transportation utilization, and inventory costs, LMI reveals.

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.

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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