28TH Annual CSCMP State of Logistics Report

Welcome to the 28th Annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) State of Logistics Report. This year’s report reveals an industry buffeted by crosswinds as the pace of change accelerates, a state of affairs we refer to as Accelerating into Uncertainty.

Business Strategy for 2017 and Beyond - - -
This year’s report shows the first decline in United States business logistics costs (USBLC) since 2009, even as a surging e-commerce sector propelled demand for parcel delivery services. Other sectors namely motor carrier, rail, and water—were challenged by the familiar millstones of overcapacity, rate pressure, and sluggish demand. When coupled with nominal GDP growth of 2.93 percent, USBLC as a percentage of GDP declined 34 basis points to 7.50 percent. At the midpoint of 2017, we see a backdrop of economic and political uncertainty. An array of mixed signals vexes decision-makers, who see consumer confidence rise while GDP growth disappoints, and government officials struggle to take clear action related to stimulating growth, addressing infrastructure requirements, and trade policy. The logistics industry appears destined for a prolonged bout of cognitive dissonance, coupling frustration over subpar growth with the optimism reflected in rising stock market values, technology investments, and consumer confidence data. Yet uncertainty hasn’t slowed the pace of change. On the contrary, innovation undermines old business models. One thing is certain: “business as usual” won’t return.

What Will I Learn:
-Supply Chain Macro Economics: Optimism Amid Uncertainty
-The Logistics Industry in 2016
-Logistics Trends and Outlook: 2017 and Beyond
-Technology Drives the Action While Policy Sets the Pace
-Technological Innovations: Firm Steps on a Long Journey
-Regulations and Policy: A Game of Dice
-U. S. Business Logistics Cost Metrics

“It behooves us to adapt ourselves to the times if one wants to enjoy continued good fortune.”
—Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527)

About the Presenter
Michael Zimmerman is a partner with A.T. Kearney, where he leads the Data Analytics Practice for the Americas. Michael has ten years of industry experience in supply chain and logistics management and over fifteen years of consulting experience helping clients transform their logistics capabilities to support their strategy design and execution. He specializes in logistics procurement, network optimization, and mode, technology, and partner selection. Michael is based in A.T. Kearney’s New York office.

About A.T. Kearney
A.T. Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with offices in more than 40 countries. Since 1926, A.T. Kearney has served as trusted advisors to the world's foremost organizations. A.T. Kearney is a partner-owned firm, committed to helping clients achieve immediate impact and growing advantage on their most mission-critical issues. To learn more, visit www.atkearney.com.

Registration Fee:
Non-members are always welcome. The registration fee is $45 for CSCMP members and $60 for non-members. For young professionals and anyone in transition $30.00, or students the prepaid fee is $15.00. Payments at the door (walk-ins) are $65.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
4:30 PM Registration and Networking
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Presentation and Roundtable Discussion
8:30 PM Questions and Answers
9:00 PM Adjourn

Directions to the Sheraton Framingham
10/26/2017 4:30 PM - 10/26/2017 9:00 PM
Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center 1657 Worcester Road Framingham, MA 01701

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