Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes – Plus Indago Highlights (Q3 2023)

3 quarters down, 1 to go in 2023.

The fourth quarter is typically a busy one for retail and logistics service providers, but as Paul Berger reported on August 29 in the Wall Street Journal, “this year’s peak shipping season is arriving with a whimper as merchants and consumer-goods suppliers continue to burn off excess inventories built up during the Covid-19 pandemic and logistics companies cope with tepid volume and freight rates far below year-ago levels.”

And Liz Young reported last week in the Wall Street Journal that “Logistics companies and fulfillment specialists generally are keeping their hiring flat this year compared with last year, moving cautiously with their traditional seasonal staffing in an uncertain retail economy that has seen tepid growth in sales of goods.”

That said, you also have the automotive labor strikes here in the U.S., the threat (again) of a government shutdown come November 17th, rising oil and diesel prices, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, and the ever-present threat of cyber attacks.

So, don’t give up on 2023 yet. It might still end with a bang instead of a whimper.  

The Quarter in Review

In case you missed them the first time around or want to read/view them again, check out the top posts and new episodes from the third quarter of 2023. After reading/watching them, share this post with your colleagues and social media followers, then post a comment and share your perspective on these topics!

Top Posts

  1. Barbie’s Creator Was Supply Chain Innovator Too
  2. Revisiting Three Mega Trends Transforming Supply Chain Management
  3. Proving the Absence of Forced Labor in Supply Chains
  4. Time to Rethink Supply Chain Practices?
  5. Editor’s Pick: Are Current Trucking Spot Rates Sustainable?
  6. The Tipping Point and Business Case for Warehouse Robots
  7. TikToK Launches Logistics Service: Makes Sense?
  8. Law, Trend, and Impact: Sustainability and Global Supply Chains
  9. The State of Supply Chain Control Towers: Insights from Indago Supply Chain Research Community
  10. The Disconnect Between Planning and Execution: The Journey to Achieving Cohesive Supply Chain Management

New Episodes

Indago Research Reports

This quarter we completed seven research surveys and year-to-date we have donated over $2,700 to JDRF, American Logistics Aid Network, American Cancer Society, Feeding America, and Make-A-Wish. 

If you’re a supply chain or logistics practitioner from a manufacturing, retail, or distribution company, and you want to learn from your peers, I encourage you to learn more about Indago and join our research community. It is confidential, there is no cost to join and the time commitment is minimal (2-4 minutes per week) — plus your participation will help support charitable causes that need our help today more than ever.

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