5 Supply Chain Reads to Start Your Week - December 11, 2017

Posted by Eunice Marigliano on Dec 11, 2017 4:07:02 PM

Each week we look for the best blog posts and articles on supply chain orchestration, logistics innovation, and industry news to share.

This week we're digesting the insights generated from the new 2018 22nd Annual Third Party Logistics Study, looking ahead to supply chain predictions for 2018, and taking in the VC and 3PL perspective on supply chain technology and disruption.  Here are 5 of our favorites from this past week - enjoy!

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Information Technology Critical to 3PL-Shipper Relationships by C. John Langley Jr., Ph.D. 

In this Supply & Demand Chain Executive article some interesting insights from the newly published 2018 22nd Annual Third-Party Logistics Study. Of note, 56% of shippers indicated satisfaction with 3PL IT capabilities,  representing a decline from the 65% reported the previous year.  Either shipper expectations have increased or shippers are seeking enhanced analytical capabilities to help drive more effective supply chain decisions?

Study: Delivery Issues Could Cost Retailers More Than $1.5 Billion In Lost Revenue by Deena M. Amato-McCoy @Deena46

Chain Store Age coverage of this new report entitled, Commitment, Communication and Control: The Modern Customer Delivery Imperative, from Convey. Of note, consumers surveyed are holding retailers accountable at every stage of the delivery process with 32% saying they are more likely to blame the retailer for a failed delivery, and 95% expecting that retailers will contact them if an estimated delivery date changes in transit.

Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018  by Steve Banker @steve_scm

Topping the list before automation, worker shortages, and global supply chain networks is Omnichannel Revenue Management. Will retailers take steps to better understand the costs and margins associated with omnichannel flow paths? Time will tell.

VCs: Logistics Tech Investment Boom Still Just Getting Started by Eric Johnson @AMShipEric

American Shipper article based on interviews with venture capital and private equity firms and where they see the next big opportunities for disrupting supply chain.

Leading 3PL Boss Raises Logistics IT Cost Concerns by MHW Magazine @mhwmagazine  

Ideas, some controversial, for managing IT vendor costs in the 3PL world via managing director of DK Fulfillment, Mark Elward.

And that's our top five for this week. Did we miss any? Let us know via twitter @MPObjects


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