CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 28, 2020

Businesses gear up for supply chain challenges

Companies should ready for a six-month disruption to global supply chains and prepare for changes in sourcing strategies moving forward as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, supply chain experts warn.

IATA welcomes EC efforts to suspend "use it or lose it" rule for airport slots

But association says suspension until June is not enough; urges leaders to extend the change through October to give airlines maximum flexibility in dealing with the effects of the coronavirus.

Report: Logistics real estate well positioned to weather coronavirus-related volatility

Logistics is well positioned to manage changes in real estate capital markets and is likely to benefit from long-term demand for inventory and an increase in ecommerce as a result of COVID-19 disruptions, study shows.

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.

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.

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.

Industry optimism improves as trade tensions ease

USMCA approval in Washington lessens uncertainty over trade, boosts outlook for industrial investment and export growth.

Report: Changing technology landscape puts policy center stage

AI regulations, tech protectionism, and supply chain security top list of global tech policy issues to watch in 2020, researcher says.

Coronavirus delays international shipments amid closures and quarantines

Efforts to slow outbreak of disease also hamper supply chains as airlines cancel flights, container ships see delays, factories stay shut for extended Chinese New Year.

Manufacturing slows in Asia as Chinese New Year begins Friday

Logistics operations build up extra inventory as calendar flips to Year of the Rat, Dachser says.

Wanted: Supply chain innovators

$750,000 global competition seeks experts to develop solutions to supply chain problems associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) worldwide.

Container volumes expected to return to seasonal patterns in 2020 after tariff surges

Facing trade war uncertainty in 2019, traders had rushed imports and exports in recent months, NRF and Hackett report finds.

Maritime container rates hit all-time high, Drewry says

Spot container freight rates post 15.1% percent rise this week, remain far above five-year average.

Businesses wary of Amazon expansion, tight labor market in 2020

Shippers could see rising costs from parcel carriers, human resources investments, experts say.

North American transborder freight flow plunged 3.3% in October

Combined imports and exports to both Canada and Mexico post biggest drop in 24 months and fourth decline in past six months, government says.

Port of Los Angeles forges cooperation agreement with Indonesia

Partners will share data, plan infrastructure development in pushback against uncertainty of tariff changes and USMCA treaty.

Industry praises efforts to move USMCA forward

Retailers, truckers hopeful as the renegotiated trade deal with Canada and Mexico moves ahead following lawmakers' compromise agreement this week.

Robotics growth goes mobile

Of the 8 million robots forecast to be shipped in 2030, nearly 6 million will be mobile, researcher says.

Report: global "connectedness" index dipped in 2018 under pressures of trade turmoil

DHL and NYU researchers say the slump could have been worse, as most economies stayed resilient, and the world is less globalized than many people think.

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Do you know a rising young supply chain leader?
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