CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Global
July 23, 2019

Retailers ease off on import rush as administration delays tariff threat

NRF, Hackett report shows May container imports were up 6 percent from April but rose just 1.4 percent year-over-year.

Economic uncertainty roils maritime container shipping, report says

Drewry downgrades growth forecast for 2019 global port throughput from 3.9 percent to 3.0 percent.

DHL report: global trade on track for mild decline over next three months

Logistics index finds U.S.-Chinese tensions trigger "slightly negative" outlook for global trade in the third quarter.

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.

Imports soar at nation's ports amid peak shipping prep, trade wars

Port of Los Angeles and Port of Virginia both report record monthly volumes for May.

Allianz: Number of large ships lost in 2018 was lowest in a century

Just 46 ships sank or burned, but the number of smaller incidents is on the rise, insurance report finds.

Logistics providers wary of 2019 hurricane season

Companies apply lessons learned from painful storms in past years.

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.

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Food retailers adopt blockchain platforms for track and trace
Organo picks IBM Food Trust, Bumble Bee joins SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain.

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Report: Logistics vital to evolving medical supply chain
DHL/American Airlines Cargo study details the future of medical logistics in Latin America and offers four solutions to support the development of "personalized medicine." 

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Amazon to invest in "upskill" training
Online retailer to invest $700 million to train employees for in-demand jobs across the organization, including at its fulfillment centers and in its transportation network.

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June retail sales beat forecasts despite tariff stress, NRF finds
NRF also predicts families will spend more than ever on back-to-school purchases this fall.

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CBRE: logistics real estate supply ticked up slightly in second quarter
Expansion breaks nearly nine-year trend of declining warehouse space in historically tight market.

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Small retailers try to put their personal stamp on Amazon's "Prime Day"
Impact of summer shopping peak sends ripples felt by competitors and carriers outside e-commerce giant's own network.

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Logistics tech firm builds underground, automated warehouse
Site in parking garage will support one-hour grocery delivery in Tel Aviv, CommonSense Robotics says.

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Tropical Storm Barry menaces Gulf Coast with threat of heavy rain
Port of New Orleans to close container and breakbulk terminals by noon on Friday.

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Companies stalled on the road to full e-commerce implementation
Study shows that 60 percent of B2B companies and 70 percent of B2C companies have not yet fully implemented their e-commerce strategies.

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Hub Group expands in Chicago
Transportation solutions company breaks ground on a second building, doubling the footprint at its Oak Brook, Ill., headquarters.

CSCMP Notebook
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.

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.

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