Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!



Taking stock at CSCMP

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
September 16, 2011

Every so often, OK-more like a few times a week, I make a list of things worth covering as a news story or that I will consider for a news story.

These lists are based on different things, including updates to previous topics I have previously covered, an idea I have had on the back burner for a while, an interesting data-driven report, the never-ending well of legislation, financial-related items, and many other things.

But in a little more than two weeks many of us—and maybe you, too—will be at the CSCMP Annual Conference in Philadelphia. I, for one, am really looking forward to this event in that I will have many more things to add to my list.

I have attended CSCMP over the last several years, and it is fair to say I never come home disappointed, as I come back replete with new sources, good story leads, and ideas. In that sense, it is somewhat of an editorial goldmine.

A spin through the conference guide, with detailed information on the nearly 30 tracks and related sessions, got me nervous. How? Nervous in the sense that I am going to have to figure out a way to clone myself in order to hit all the sessions and events on my list.

With so much occurring in the market at the moment, there are no real “bad decisions” to make when compiling a CSCMP “to do” list. I am sure I will spend my fair share of time at the Transportation Sessions, but the 3PL and Inventory ones also look terrific as do many others.

While the sessions are great, one of my favorite parts of this event is catching up with old friends and making new ones, too. I don’t expect to the 2011 edition to be any different in that regard. Putting a face with a name and getting to know people you do business with (or interview) goes a very long way in relationship-building.

The countdown to the 2011 CSCMP Annual Conference has begun. I hope to see you there. If I walk by and don’t see you, please be sure to stop me to say hello.

About the Author

Jeff Berman headshot
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

With congestion issues and seaport gridlocks plaguing the transportation industry, air freight volumes are back on the rise. According to JLL’s annual Airport Outlook Report, global air cargo saw a 4.5 percent annual increase in 2014 and the forecast calls for 5 percent growth in 2015.

With a 3.1 cent increase, this week’s average price is $2.811, following last week’s 0.26 cent boost. The gains over the last two weeks come on the heels of a cumulative 16.3 cent decrease over the previous five weeks.

Transportation and logistics bellwether UPS began 2015 in solid fashion with first quarter revenue up 1.4 percent at $14.0 billion and operating profit up 11 percent at $1.7 billion. Earnings per share were up 14 percent at $1.12, which exceeded Wall Street expectations of $1.09, while revenue was shy of the Street’s $14.27 billion estimate.

Last week, the United States Department of Transportation took further steps to address various issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail. The announcement was made by DOT with other DOT agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Logistics Management Group News Editor Jeff Berman had an opportunity to interview Derek Leathers, President and Chief Operating Officer of Werner Enterprises, at this month's NASSTRAC Shippers Conference and Transportation Expo in Orlando. They discussed various aspects of the truckload market, including prices, fuel, and regulations.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA