CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
November 11, 2019

Issue Archives: Special Issue 2019

Once in a lifetime

State of Logistics Report
Once in a lifetime

For supply chain professionals, 2018 was a year unlike any other as they tried to navigate through tight transportation capacity and high rates. Now shippers and carriers alike are trying to dig their way out of the aftereffects and bring back a sense of normalcy.

The rise of machine learning
Technology

The rise of machine learning

Supply chain technology vendors are increasingly incorporating machine learning into their applications, helping their solutions more accurately understand and react to changing conditions.
A year of transition
Rail

A year of transition

The industry is being transformed by its adoption of the Precision Scheduled Railroading philosophy. Traffic is down thus far in 2019, but is a foundation being laid for growth?
Bumpier road ahead
Trucking

Bumpier road ahead

Trucking companies had a banner year in 2018, setting new records for everything from tonnage to revenues. Matching that won't be easy.
Ready for the next wave of disruption?
Ocean

Ready for the next wave of disruption?

Last year ocean shipping rates spiked as demand increased in response to anticipated tariffs. This year the industry prepares to deal with new fuel regulations and digital innovations.
A rocky ride
Air

A rocky ride

After spiking in 2018, airfreight rates fell 15% in the first half of the year. Meanwhile new technologies are set to shake up the industry.
A growing focus on risk
Third-Party Logistics

A growing focus on risk

The "2019 23rd Annual Third-Party Logistics Study" reveals that supply chain shakeups are among the top concerns of shippers and 3PLs, but comparably few have effective risk mitigation strategies in place.
No sign of slowing down
Warehousing

No sign of slowing down

As real estate prices continue to climb, warehouse and logistics managers must keep a close eye on comparative costs as well as new market challenges.
Columns
Perspective

Not so fast

After a year where logistics costs jumped 11.4 percent, a slowing economy may be returning rates to more normal levels.
Direct Connection

A new crossroads

After 2018's surge in economic growth, demand has softened. Will growth will follow suit?
Forward Thinking

The silver lining

Although last year was a tough one for many shippers, it did propel them to form more collaborative relationships with carriers and service providers.
Latest Video

Acme's Doug Sampson on the value of lifelong learning in a world of constant change
Doug Sampson, senior VP of Acme Distribution Centers Inc., joins us from CSCMP's 2019 annual EDGE Conference to discuss his experiences, how much has changed in the logistics world, and the principles of business success that still hold true today.

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Forward Thinking
Report: Consumers prefer to shop locally
Survey finds that most consumers would bypass Amazon for local retailers if they could get same-day delivery—even if they had to pay for it.

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MIT engineers develop flexible, 'plant-like' robot
Designed to grow like a plant, the flexible yet sturdy robot can move through tight spaces and lift heavy loads, expanding the role of robotics in industrial settings, researchers say.

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Businesses ready for peak-season online sales growth
Despite global economic concerns, 70% of businesses expect an increase in e-commerce sales this holiday season, DHL survey shows.

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Report: RFID tags see steady growth for apparel, payment cards, farm animals
Production forecast to grow from 17.5 billion tags in 2018 to 20 billion in 2019, IDTechEx says.

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Industry growth continues to slow, LMI report shows
Business activity in the logistics sector slowed to its lowest growth rate in three years last month, according to the latest Logistics Manager's Index report.

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CPO Survey: Economic, political risks top agenda
Chief procurement officers say they will cut costs to fight slowing economy and trade threats, Deloitte study shows.

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Report: Speed matters this holiday season
Consumer survey reveals shoppers' need for speed, not just free shipping, as the peak delivery season nears.

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82% of small businesses say global trade drives economic growth
Participating in international trade helps improve the economy and create American jobs, FedEx survey of U.S. small-businesses shows.

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Retailers look to 5G, AR for competitive edge in 2020
Nielsen study says smart supply chains need to anticipate consumers' demands.

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Strong consumer spending staves off recession warnings, U.S. Bank says
Shippers produced "fairly flat" volume of freight shipments and spending in third quarter, report says.

CSCMP Notebook
2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.

2019 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Snap-on Tools and vendor FastFetch were honored for their use of artificial intelligence to slash shipping costs.

CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers to focus on supply chain's role in creating a sustainable business
The annual conference's diverse range of keynote speakers will include the CEO of a direct-to-consumer company, a high-tech guru, millennial entrepreneurs, and an NFL official.

CSCMP recognizes 2019 Emerging Leader Award winners
Unilever's Anahi Arza and CoLane's Parker Holcomb will be recognized at CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference for their meaningful contributions to the supply chain profession.

Johnson & Johnson supply chain executive to receive CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) will recognize Kathy Wengel for her contributions to the field at the annual EDGE Conference in September.

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