CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Strategy
January 20, 2020

Report: Manufacturing execs say global recession is likely in 2020

Trade restrictions, geopolitical instability remain top issues in the new year, but longer term outlook calls for trade improvements, tech firm survey shows.

The future of last-mile logistics takes shape

From light-industrial properties to large multistory facilities, the urban logistics real-estate landscape is changing as shippers get a handle on the best warehousing strategies to tackle their "last-touch" challenges.

Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains

Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains

"Calmer waters" in trade wars could boost economy in 2020, Paul Ryan says

But long-range challenges include massive technology investments by China, former U.S. House speaker says in NRF keynote.

Industry growth slows in December

Growth in the logistics sector continued its slowing trend last month, as the Logistics Manager's Index hit an all-time low of 54.

Logistics outsourcing to increase in 2020

85% of logistics leaders expect their outsourcing budget to increase by more than 5% next year, study finds.

Businesses wary of Amazon expansion, tight labor market in 2020

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

USMCA brings meaningful supply chain benefits, trade experts say

With house passage of trade deal, experts are hopeful the USMCA will become a reality in 2020.

Study: Last-mile challenges drive change in freight landscape

Investment in last-mile startups more than doubled from 2017-2018, as the trend toward a more connected and automated supply chain continues, Deloitte researchers say.

Report: Nearly half of SMBs will increase shipping spend in 2020

Survey also finds that 25% of small business decision-makers are influenced by big-box retailers' logistics strategies.

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.

Some tech hype will miss the mark in 2020, ABI says

Three trends expected to whiff on targets include 5G wearables, quantum computing, and self-driving trucks.

Warning: Weak economy ahead

IHS Markit forecasts slower growth in 2020 for the industrial sector, which will negatively affect U.S. freight growth.

An appetite for challenges

Craig Weiss of Conagra Brands was drawn to logistics by the promise of lots of problems to solve. It's safe to say he hasn't been disappointed.

Three best practices for transitioning to a circular economy

As companies invest in more sustainable practices, many are moving away from the traditional "take-make-dispose" linear economy and moving towards a more circular one. This model keeps materials within the economy as long as possible. To successfully transition to a more circular economy, companies must change how they design and create products, how they relate to their customers, and how they interact with other companies.

The automotive industry's journey toward the autonomous supply chain

You have heard of self-driving cars, but what about self-driving supply chains? Although both concepts may still seem like a pipe dream, automotive companies like Mercedes-Benz USA have already started their journey toward the autonomous supply chain.

SKU rationalization: Finding the right balance between too many and too few

As customers' thirst for variety and customization rises, companies have responded by adding more and more stock keeping units (SKUs). But, how do you decide when "more" has become "too many"?

Ethics, communication top list of future-focused procurement skills

General business and social skills trump job-specific requirements in the procurement role of the future, APQC report shows.

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.

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Report: Manufacturing execs say global recession is likely in 2020
Trade restrictions, geopolitical instability remain top issues in the new year, but longer term outlook calls for trade improvements, tech firm survey shows.

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The future of last-mile logistics takes shape
From light-industrial properties to large multistory facilities, the urban logistics real-estate landscape is changing as shippers get a handle on the best warehousing strategies to tackle their "last-touch" challenges.

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Capgemini survey: millennial shoppers ready and willing for autonomous stores
Test cases in Norway and U.S. offer self-checkout aisles to extend store hours, source local vendors.

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Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains
Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains

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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.

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"Calmer waters" in trade wars could boost economy in 2020, Paul Ryan says
But long-range challenges include massive technology investments by China, former U.S. House speaker says in NRF keynote.

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Global Healthcare Exchange acquires Lumere
Digital trading platform adds evidence-based data and analytics capabilities to support "clinically integrated" supply chains.

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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.

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Donations to Australian wildfire victims swamp region's charity infrastructure
Despite challenges, country's businesses are maintaining supply chain operations thanks to "pre-planned resilience-led approaches," local disaster relief worker says.

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Industry growth slows in December
Growth in the logistics sector continued its slowing trend last month, as the Logistics Manager's Index hit an all-time low of 54.

CSCMP Notebook
Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.

EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon
CSCMP's EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens on December 15.

Out with the old and in with the new
Instead of searching the website looking for materials, members can now access all of CSCMP's online learning materials via the E-Learning Hub.

The artificial intelligence revolution
CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.

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.

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