CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 20, 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

Latest Video

The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
Richie Etwaru, founder and CEO at Hu-manity.co, which classifies human data as human property, joins us from the MHI Fall 2018 Conference, where he delivered a keynote on blockchain applications and its promise for the future of supply chains.

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Forward Thinking
Retailers slow to automate supply chain processes
Supply chain digitization is crucial to creating seamless omnichannel experiences, but few retailers have taken the plunge, survey says.

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UPS to transport an estimated 89 million flowers this Valentine's Day
Temperature-controlled trucks, aircraft, and warehouses help millions of blooms crisscross the globe this week.

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Retailers sustain import rush ahead of March tariff threat
NRF, Hackett report shows 2018 total breaks 2017 record by 6.2 percent.

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Study: Shippers expect freight slump in 2019
Market concerned about tight capacity, driver shortage, trade, and tariff wars, study from Averitt Express says.

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Teaching leadership: How to reach non-supply chain audiences
Supply chain professionals with backgrounds in engineering or business often struggle to reach nonquantitative thinkers. One way they can make their presentations more persuasive is to include "human elements."

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Tariff increase will cost jobs, slow GDP growth, study says
Industry leaders say potential March 1 tariff increase remains a top supply chain concern.

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Study: e-commerce trends are shrinking average length of truck trips
ATRI report finds growth of urban last-mile delivery has prompted shift of jobs from department stores to courier services and fulfillment centers.

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Hot Topic: Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations
CSCMP publication offers key steps companies can take to get the most out their data.

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Retailers to focus on supply chain strategies in 2019
Retailers, manufacturers say automation is a top priority, supply chain visibility needs improvement, industry survey says.

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Study: Canada lags global average on providing BOPIS services
Country's stores also need to up their social media game to meet e-commerce demands, OrderDynamics says.

CSCMP Notebook
On the air with CSCMP ...
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has launched a new podcast series, "Supply Chain Conversation." Now members have the chance to participate.

CSCMP European Conference registration is open
The two-day conference in Warsaw, Poland, will focus on real-world strategies companies can implement to maximize and transform their supply chains.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces
Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

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.

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