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Supply Chain by the Numbers

- Feb. 7, 2013

  Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Feb. 7, 2013

UPS Ups the Size of Its Electric Fleet; It Has been More Over 4 Bucks than Under for Diesel; Supply Chain Disruptions Deliver Stock Whammy; Does Anyone Know Cost of New ILA Contract on Shippers?




Number of all-electric delivery trucks that UPS put into service this week in several areas of the California market. The vehicles, manufactured in Stockton, California by Electric Vehicles International (EVI), do not release any emissions into the atmosphere. They only have a range of 75 miles on a single battery charge, however, meaning they can only work on fairly dense delivery routes. UPS says it now operates more than 2500 natural gas, hybrid or electric vehicles in the US. Funding from the US EPA helped the California program along. According to government records, the electric trucks will cost about $178,000 apiece, or close to three times the price of conventional trucks.




Number of weeks in the past year that the average price of diesel fuel has been over $4.00 per gallon, according to the weekly report from US Energy Information administration. That includes this week, when prices rose 9.5 cents to an average of $4.022 per gallon (the measure is for "on highway" pricing). In the past year, we have seen a low of $3.65 per gallon in early July, 2012, and a high of $4.15 in October. That's a swing of 37%. Regular gasoline prices rose more than 18 cents last week. Oil prices have been on the march since December, rising from about $87 per barrel (WTI) to $96.50 currently.


Average impact from a supply chain disruption on a public company's share price, according to new research from Accenture that was included c in a recent World Economic Forum report on supply chain resiliency. Based on the 62 incidents that occurred between 2005 and 2011, the share price slide actually begins about 10 days before the official announcement of the problems, the research found. It typically takes about three months for the price to start to bound back. Note to self: buy on the news, sell six months later for nice 7% gain.



Number of dock workers at East and Gulf coast ports that now appear permanently back on the job - for six years at least - as a deal was finally worked out last Friday between the International Longshoremen Association and the group representing the 14 affected ports. It still has to be ratified by the full membership, and supplementary contracts at individual ports are still required, but these shouldn't be issues. What's the cost going to be to shippers for the new contract? No one seems to know. SCDigest is trying to find out.

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