CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 20, 2019

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.
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The moving parts (and the promise) of Blockchain
Richie Etwaru, founder and CEO at, 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
DHL Supply Chain addresses talent gap
Contract logistics firm improves hiring and retention of warehouse workers with automation, focused recruiting, company says.

Forward Thinking
UPS launches Saturday pickup service for U.S exporters
Customers can schedule Saturday pickup for delivery as early as Monday in 57 international markets, company says.

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Survey: consumers demand same-day delivery, but don't want to pay for it
Capgemini study finds retailers will need to cover their costs with increased  automation, white glove services.

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Automotive supply chain braces for change
USMCA will yield long-term gains, but short-term cost increases will shift supply chain landscape, company survey shows.

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Logistics provider lists top supply chain trends for 2019
Robotics, digital transportation solutions are among the key trends that will shape the supply chain landscape this year, DHL leaders say.

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Retailers throttle back imports after rush to beat China tariffs, holiday peak
NRF, Hackett report forecasts declining volumes as stores have already stocked up on spring merchandise.

Forward Thinking says its fulfillment technology will support "boundaryless" shopping for other retailers
China's biggest retailer brings "retail as a service" model to CES trade show.

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Slowing economy spells pause for industrial real estate market
But savvy developers will pursue inland port opportunities and growing demand for urban fulfillment centers, new research shows.

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Trade and tariffs top list of U.S. supply chain issues in 2019
Industry experts are keeping an eye on trade following signing of USMCA, 90-day tariff pause.

Forward Thinking
Has the Panama Canal expansion changed anything?
It's been more than two years since the expanded Panama Canal opened for business. But it may still be too early to assess its impact.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

The age of transparency
CSCMP publication takes a look at how supply chains can become more transparent to meet consumers' evolving needs.

ALAN presents Humanitarian Logistics Awards to supporters of disaster relief efforts
The nonprofit organization recognized long-time humanitarian Alison Thompson and five logistics organizations during the CSCMP EDGE Conference.