Afternoon Coffee: CSCMP Releases State of Logistics Report, New Bill Seeks to Secure Federal IT Supply Chain

Shipping and warehousing costs for U.S. businesses increased by 6.2% to almost $1.5 trillion in 2017, according to the latest State of Logistics Report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Released Tuesday, the report finds that there is a continuing shortage of truck drivers (70% of consumer goods in the U.S. are transported by trucks). Meanwhile, demand is only going up as e-commerce continues to grow. Parcel shipment volume rose 7% in 2017, to nearly $100 billion.

Safe (Tech) Sourcing

A new bipartisan Senate bill introduced by Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) seeks to make the federal government’s IT supply chain more secure, FCW reports. The Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act of 2018 would devote a group of supply chain specialists to the monitoring of the technology supply chain for cybersecurity threats.

CVS, USPS Partner

In an attempt to better compete with Amazon and other rivals, CVS has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to offer a $4.99 home delivery service, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Postal Service would pick up your prescriptions at a CVS store and deliver them to your home in a day or two. The service would also cover over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and non-prescription non-drugs, like face wash.

The LGBT-Themed Apparel Supply Chain

Those who signal their support for gay rights by wearing, say, rainbow fanny packs from Primark may want to check the label for where the items are made. As retailers try to capitalize on LGBT History Month by selling gay rights-themed merchandise, they are running into something of an inconsistency, the New York Times reports. Many of these items are manufactured overseas in countries that have a less-than-sparkling record on gay rights, such as Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar and Turkey.

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