Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of June 16, 2011
State of Logistics Report Edition: Trucking Still Dominates; Rail Carriers Making Cents; Drivers Keep Getting Older; Rail Car Blues
Percentage of total US transportation costs represented by the trucking sector, according to this year's state of logistics report from CSCMP, though rail/intermodal clearly gained market share in 2010. Truck tonnage was up 5.7% for the year, versus gains of 7.3% for rail and 14.2% for intermodal.
Revenue per ton-mile achieved by US rail carriers in 2010, according to the state of logistics report from CSCMP. That's up from just 2.84 cents in 2009, and a key reason that rail revenues rose more than 21% last year, on a volme increase of 7.3%.
Current percentage of US truck drivers that are over the age of 55, a worrisome indicator for the future, according to the state of logistics report from CSCMP. Less than one-quarter of current drivers are under the age of 35.
The percentage of idle rail cars in the US at the end of 2010, and that's after 132,000 cars were returned to service in the year, according to the state of logistics report from CSCMP. In "normal" times, that percentage would be just 2-3%, according to rail industry experts.