Supply Chain by the Numbers: Week of January 16, 2009

-January 16, 2009


This Week's Supply Chain by the Numbers - China GDP, Saudi Oil Production, Consumer Product Company SKUs, ProMat Attendance


The Supply Chain and Logistics Numbers Worth Knowing This Week: China in the Top 3; Saudis Attempt Mid-Game Adjustment; Multiplying SKUs Equals Additional Complexity; Good Showing for ProMat Show



The new position of China in the global economy, as the country now appears to have passed the former number 3 Germany, based on a revision in China’s official Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2007. The US and Japan are numbers 1 and 2.



7.7 million

The current target level of daily oil output in barrels from Saudi Arabia, down about 2 million barrels per day from the levels in the summer of 2008 and back to roughly the production levels of 2003, as the country and all oil producers try to find some way to raise prices in the face of falling global demand that has sent the price per barrel down to $34 or so.


The increase in the total number of consumer product company SKUs in the past three years, according to AMR analyst Lora Cecere on a Supply Chain Videocast this week on Supply Chain Digest. That increase adds to the challenges in forecasting and inventory management.




The projected number of attendees at the ProMat trade show this week in Chicago, about flat with the last event in 2007, but a good showing given the current economic climate.