CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Global
March 23, 2019

Crowdsourced website guides sustainable supply chains

Platform from Environmental Defense Fund collects case studies, expert advice, personalized assessments.

Retailers sustain import rush ahead of March tariff threat

NRF, Hackett report shows 2018 total breaks 2017 record by 6.2 percent.

Tariff increase will cost jobs, slow GDP growth, study says

Industry leaders say potential March 1 tariff increase remains a top supply chain concern.

CSCMP European Conference registration is open

The two-day conference in Warsaw, Poland, will focus on real-world strategies companies can implement to maximize and transform their supply chains.

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.

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.

Imports break new records under pressure of holiday peak, tariff threats

Container trade could slump in 2019 as political uncertainty boosts prices, dampens consumer sentiment, NRF-Hackett report says.

Global trade growth to slow in early 2019, DHL study forecasts

Logistics index tracks impact of political turmoil from U.S. tarrifs, U.K. Brexit.

Maersk to combine liner, supply chain units into one product

Ocean shipping, Damco operations to operate with single point of contact.

Supply chains shift from global to local

A new A.T. Kearney report says that companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to customize their supply chain operations to match local conditions instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all global model.

Genpact acquires Barkawi in merger of consulting firms

Supply chain management services will focus on consumer packaged goods, industrial manufacturing, and high-tech sectors, Genpact says.

Global air growth climbed 9 percent in 2017; best year since 2010, IATA says

Capacity rose by just 3 percent, creating rare "factor of three" ratio.

Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts

DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Sea container imports seen growing 7 percent in 2017, NRF-Hackett report says

Total for 2017 expected to come to 20.1 million TEU, topping last year's record.

From zero visibility to "night vision" at Shamir Optical

A merger and subsequent expansion prompted the prescription lens maker to rethink how it was managing inventory. New technology provided companywide visibility for the first time, leading to a 25 percent cut in inventory without compromising service levels.

Managing supply chains in China: Four steps to success

Get these four key actions right and your chances of supply chain success in China will be greatly enhanced.

New coalition looks to educate policymakers and public about importance of the global value chain

Members of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition include five industry associations plus major retailers such as Target, Levi Strauss, and VF Corp.

La la la, I'm not listening ...

The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears.

Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers a lesson for the U.S., observers say

Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures that—unlike in this country—government and industry are on the same page when it comes to negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade conference.

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