The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) announced this week that the organization will now collaborate with management consulting firm A.T. Kearney as the new author for that organization’s Annual State of Logistics Report®

Further announced is that Penske Logistics will continue its longstanding role as a top sponsor of this report since 2009.

According to the announcement, A.T. Kearney has assembled an outstanding team with top-tier supply chain experience to compile and produce the report. The report will add interviews with industry leaders, including shippers, carriers and regulators along what are described as a well-informed, global and strategic point of view on the state of the logistics industry.

The 27th Annual State of Logistics Report will debut on June 21 of this year.

As regular Supply Chain Matters readers are aware, we have featured annual commentaries concerning the summary data and industry implications of each report.  Our commentary relative to the 26th Annual State of Logistics Report was published in late June of last year, and reflects our repeated observation that too much industry spin has been applied to overall logistics trends, especially increased logistics costs. Our June observation noted that for the period 2010-2014, U.S. logistics costs had risen 18.2 percent or $223 billion, almost 7 percentage points higher that real GDP growth in that same period without clear explanations as to what industry factors were driving such trends.

We trust that with a new report research partner, and with a more in-depth spotlight of industry trends that this important annual industry indicator will now reflect both transportation and third-party logistics industry perspectives as well as those reflective of shippers and industry supply chains and their service and cost needs.

The state of any industry should reflect both internal as well as external customer trends and perspectives.

Supply Chain Matters looks forward to reading and commenting on the 2015 state of the logistics industry when it becomes available in June, along with the freshened perspective of A.T. Kearney.

Bob Ferrari