CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 22, 2020

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2018

The big squeeze

State of Logistics Report
The big squeeze

Roaring demand for transportation and logistics services is causing capacity to tighten and wages to rise, pushing business logistics costs to 7.7 percent of U.S. GDP in 2017. Can shippers find the capacity they need while fighting higher costs?

Under pressure
Logistics

Under pressure

As the economy strengthens and the driver shortage intensifies, shippers should prepare to feel the pinch from higher trucking rates and tighter capacity.
A rising tide
Rail

A rising tide

The second quarter of 2018 saw a surge in growth for railroads in the United States. But have service and speed suffered as a result?
A quick sea change
Ocean

A quick sea change

Fast and unprecedented change is rocking ocean shipping as it deals with a reconfiguration of the industry, looming trade wars, and technological innovation.
On the rebound?
Air

On the rebound?

Airfreight in the United States is seeing robust growth, as companies look for an alternative to high trucking rates and freighters move into smaller markets.
Ready to rebuild
Inventory

Ready to rebuild

Over the last two years, U.S. businesses have been slowly but steadily depleting their stocks of inventories—but in the next few quarters that is set to change.
Hot, hot, hot
Warehousing

Hot, hot, hot

E-commerce is fueling high demand for warehousing space, driving up rates, and making availability tight.
The power of relationships
Third-Party Logistics

The power of relationships

The 22nd Annual Third-Party Logistics Study shows that shippers and 3PLs have, in general, built solid, mutually beneficial relationships, but opportunities for improvement still remain.
Always something new to talk about
Technology

Always something new to talk about

Transportation management systems (TMS) may have been around for decades but there are still new developments and innovations to investigate.
Columns
Perspective

A wild ride ahead

This year's annual "State of Logistics Report" explains how shippers need to downshift to face the steep road ahead.
Direct Connection

A mixed bag

The U.S. economy is growing. However, logistics capacity has not been able to keep up with increased demand, and costs are rising.
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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