CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
June 26, 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
Trucking

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

A commitment to forklift safety
Don Buckman is the environmental, health, and safety manager and sustainability leader at Hyster-Yale Group Americas. He explains why Hyster and Yale support National Forklift Safety Day and how they will be observing the event around the country.

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Forward Thinking
Global WMS market to reach $5 billion
E-commerce explosion will drive 14 percent growth rate in spending, create 57,000 new warehouses globally by 2025, study shows.

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Survey: political uncertainty is dampening expansion plans by U.S. companies
82 percent would like to expand, but 55 percent worry their supply chains are at risk from shifting policies, Vuealta reports.

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Recruiting site ranks C.R. England, C.H. Robinson execs in top 100 CEOs
Glassdoor survey measures employee reviews of their bosses' leadership.

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Mobility, partial automation dominate in the warehouse
By 2024, six out of 10 companies will use warehouse automation to enhance the human element, not replace it, Zebra Technologies study shows.

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Commentary: Six tips for attracting (and keeping) distribution labor
Facing low unemployment rates, retailers are having to get creative to recruit and retain distribution center employees, says the upcoming State of Retail Supply Chain study.

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Report finds cargo theft is most often an inside job
Criminal organizations recruit company employees to gain data, cargo information, delivery routes, insurance company says.

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Commentary: Challenging the warehouse management system implementation paradigm
Warehouse management systems have come a long way from the 1980s and 1990s. So why are so many companies still asking for customizations? Here's the case for no modifications in WMS implementations.

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Booming economy drives U.S. business logistics costs up 11.4 percent
While shippers struggled to keep pace with tight capacity and rising rates in 2018, many of those pressures are starting to ease, says 30th annual State of Logistics Report.

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DHL Supply Chain to expand U.S. pharmaceutical, medical device distribution network
Contract logistics firm will invest $150 million to open nine new facilities, enhance technology, and expand existing operations in the U.S., company says.

Forward Thinking
Hackett Group names 2019 Digital Award winners
Consulting firm honors companies on the cutting edge of smart automation, robotic process automation, cognitive computing, and analytics.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP looks to give military veterans the EDGE
Veterans interested in a career in logistics and supply chain management can apply until June 1 for free CSCMP benefits.

CSCMP to unveil 30th Annual State of Logistics Report in June
This year's report will be released June 18, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

NASSTRAC spring meeting to focus on federal regulations and legislation
In addition to a full day of educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders and discuss topics affecting transportation.

CSCMP's annual conference is looking toward the future
CSCMP EDGE Conference and Exhibition will be held in Anaheim, California September 15 - 18.

How customer experience is driving supply chain innovation
CSCMP's Hot Topic publication explores why innovation and customer experience are key factors for all businesses.

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