CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 21, 2020

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

Latest Video

ITA Presidents Forum offers global lift truck market insights
Every four years, the leaders of associated lift truck trade associations worldwide meet in the US to present and discuss trends in the global lift truck market, including representatives from Japan, China, the European Union and the United States.

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Forward Thinking
Demand for industrial space remains strong
Market need for new industrial construction eases concerns of oversupply, CBRE report shows.

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Report: Trucks remain prime target of cargo thieves worldwide
Cargo in transit by road remains the dominant risk; theft from trucks parked in unsecured lots average 8 per day globally.

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Security, digital capabilities are ripe for disruption
Study highlights the changing nature of supply chain disruption and companies' need to broaden their perspective on business risks.

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Containers back up on Chinese docks as coronavirus triggers closures
Ripple effects now seen in U.S. supply chain as agriculture trade group asks ocean carriers to skip penalty fees for delays.

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Commentary: Six best practices for new product introduction
The new product introduction process has not changed very much over the years. Here are six ways to make it more strategic, collaborative, and digital.

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Coronavirus could crimp U.S. retail sales for February, study warns
Production expected to fall as Chinese government extends factory shutdowns beyond Lunar New Year, NRF says.

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Procurement to focus on analytics in 2020
Better analytics will help procurement departments become more cost efficient, deliver value in new ways, study finds.

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LMI up slightly in January
Logistics industry continues path of slow, sustained growth, according to latest Logistics Manager's Index report.

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Business continues to brace for impact of coronavirus
Supply chain disruptions could last three to six months, experts say.

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Industry optimism improves as trade tensions ease
USMCA approval in Washington lessens uncertainty over trade, boosts outlook for industrial investment and export growth.

CSCMP Notebook
How innovative is your supply chain?
The submission deadline for CSCMP's Supply Chain Innovation Award is March 15, 2020.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC offer new on-site training programs
Sessions will focus on supply chain fundamentals, leadership, strategy, and risk management.

Do you know a rising young supply chain leader?
The nominations period for CSCMP's Emerging Leader Award closes February 14, 2020.

How sharing trusted data can unite the retail supply chain
Susan Pichoff of GS1 discusses a research study at Auburn University that's exploring how RFID, GS1 Standards, and blockchain can help overcome challenges in the supply chain industry.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.

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