CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
July 16, 2019

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

Chain Reactions

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Forward Thinking
Small retailers try to put their personal stamp on Amazon's "Prime Day"
Impact of summer shopping peak sends ripples felt by competitors and carriers outside e-commerce giant's own network.

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Logistics tech firm builds underground, automated warehouse
Site in parking garage will support one-hour grocery delivery in Tel Aviv, CommonSense Robotics says.

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Tropical Storm Barry menaces Gulf Coast with threat of heavy rain
Port of New Orleans to close container and breakbulk terminals by noon on Friday.

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Companies stalled on the road to full e-commerce implementation
Study shows that 60 percent of B2B companies and 70 percent of B2C companies have not yet fully implemented their e-commerce strategies.

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Hub Group expands in Chicago
Transportation solutions company breaks ground on a second building, doubling the footprint at its Oak Brook, Ill., headquarters.

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Retailers ease off on import rush as administration delays tariff threat
NRF, Hackett report shows May container imports were up 6 percent from April but rose just 1.4 percent year-over-year.

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Logistics industry growth slows in June
Logistics Manager's Index reaches historic low of 56, driven by slowdowns in warehouse prices, transportation capacity, and transportation utilization, monthly study shows.

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Logistics executive Richard Murphy dies at 67
Fourth-generation CEO of Murphy Logistics Solutions leaves legacy of business, conservation, and rock n' roll.

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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.

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Economic uncertainty roils maritime container shipping, report says
Drewry downgrades growth forecast for 2019 global port throughput from 3.9 percent to 3.0 percent.

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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