CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 21, 2020

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2015

2014: A rewarding year for U.S. logistics

State of Logistics Report
2014: A rewarding year for U.S. logistics

Demand for freight and logistics services in 2014 reached record levels in some sectors. If growth continues as expected, then tighter capacity—and higher rates—are likely to follow.

Air freight attracts attention again
Air

Air freight attracts attention again

Tight capacity and service disruptions have some shippers rethinking their mix of air and surface modes. Analytics is helping them make the right decisions.
The rising relevance of brick-and-mortar stores
E-Commerce

The rising relevance of brick-and-mortar stores

Retailers that adapt to store fulfillment of online orders will be in a position to better serve their customers now and in the future.
The U.S. consumer to the rescue
Inventory

The U.S. consumer to the rescue

Macroeconomic developments created some volatility over the past year, but consumer spending is helping to keep the U.S. economy moving.
Shifting currents
Ocean

Shifting currents

The coming year could bring both changes and opportunities for buyers of ocean transportation services.
Diverging tracks
Rail

Diverging tracks

Although intermodal continues to grow, railcar traffic is slumping. Secular and cyclical trends suggest the outlook for the two segments is unlikely to change much in the near term.
Follow the food and beverage leader
Warehousing

Follow the food and beverage leader

As the fastest growing segment of distribution warehousing, the food and beverage sector can provide insights into trends that could affect the entire industry.
Relationships rule the day
Trucking

Relationships rule the day

Sharing information and collaborating to achieve mutual benefits will help both shippers and motor carriers thrive in an increasingly challenging operating environment.
The payback challenge
Technology

The payback challenge

Many buyers expect supply chain software will slash costs and take performance to new levels, but survey results show that nearly half of the implementations have not produced the expected return.
Convergence accelerates—but will shippers buy in?
Third-Party Logistics

Convergence accelerates—but will shippers buy in?

As 3PLs expand their value proposition through mergers and more comprehensive offerings, many shippers still continue to treat them as commodities, sabotaging both parties' chances for success.
Columns
Direct Connection

A great year for supply chain and logistics

CSCMP's 26th Annual "State of Logistics Report" confirms that in 2014 the logistics industry experienced its best performance since the Great Recession.
Perspective

Good news, bad news (and maybe some more good news)

Transportation and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) did better in 2014 than they had in years. That doesn't mean there's nothing to worry about.
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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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