Supply Chain by the Numbers

-July 16 , 2010


This Week’s Supply Chain by the Numbers for July 16, 2010


McDondald's Smoothie Supply Chain Needs Smoothing; More Truck Congestion Coming; Ocean Cargo Rate Tsunami; Import Warehouses Busy Too



Number of free smoothie samples McDondald’s will be giving away next week, as a planned promotion to offer no-cost smoothies July 22-24 was cancelled Thursday night over concerns about the ability of the fast food restaurant’s supply chain to deliver sufficient quantities, according to Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of the North America supply chain for McDonald’s.



1.8 million

The number of additional trucks that will be on the road in the US by 2020, according to a new report issues this week by the American Association Of State Highway And Transportation Officials focused on the need to improve US transportation infrastructure to reduce gridlock conditions.


The percent of facility utilization that John Rojas, president of import warehouse operator Cargo Cats, said his company’s facilities were operating in June, versus just 60% last September, as US import volumes continue to rise.


The astounding increase in spot ocean carriage rates for moving a 40-foot container from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in June versus the same period in 2009, according to the analysts at London’s Drewry Shipping Consultant’s this week. They say the spot rate in the third week of June for that route was up to $2607.00.