CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
September 16, 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.
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Forward Thinking
Want more online business? Improve your returns process, study shows
State of Online Returns study shows that retailers are failing to deliver a good customer experience when it comes to returning items—and that even Amazon has room for improvement.

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Supply chain lessons from a small business: going beyond the product
A trip to visit a small retailer in Mexico revealed insights about customer experience that supply chain professionals at companies of all sizes should take to heart.

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Logistics sector growth slows in August
Business activity remains strong, though researchers point to slowing freight markets as transportation prices continue to fall.

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Demand for fulfillment robots to soar
Global study predicts deployment of nearly 600,000 autonomous mobile robots for order fulfillment by 2023—excluding Amazon.

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ATRI: truck drivers face rising tide of detention at warehouses
Solutions could include updating technology, managing tighter schedules, offering extended hours, group says.

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Industry leaders fed up with tit-for-tat trade war
Trade groups welcome October trade talks, stand firm on pleas to roll back tariffs.

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Hurricane Dorian forces port closures across U.S. East Coast
Freight disruptions and fuel shortages could last for days, with South Carolina ports not set to open until Friday.

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Online grocery sector cooks up fast growth as Amazon and Walmart fight for top rank
Grocers investing in rapid digital transformation while trying to curb costs of delivery services, Edge by Ascential says.

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Tropical Storm Dorian nears hurricane strength off Puerto Rico
Track could include Florida by Monday as Coast Guard closes Port San Juan in preparation.

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Consumers grow impatient with high shipping costs for oversized items
Most online shoppers will avoid retailers that charge high shipping costs and have long delivery windows, study finds.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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.

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