Supply Chain by the Numbers: Week of May 21, 2009

-May 21, 2009


This Week's Supply Chain by the Numbers - Nature's Best, State of the Freight, ArcelorMittal Riots, Bed Bath and Beyond Slotting


The Supply Chain and Logistics Numbers Worth Knowing This Week: Lean is Best for Nature's Best, All Things Being Equal in TL and Rail?, No Labor of Love at ArcelorMittal, Bed Bath and Beyond Takes Slotting Beyond Optimal



The number of carton touches from receipt to ultimate customer delivery before and after a “Lean” distribution overhaul by sports nutrition distributor Nature’s Best, according to a presentation this week at the Manhattan Associates' users conference.




The amount on average that rail transport rates are lower than truckload for equivalent moves right now, according to the quarterly Wolfe Research State of the Freight report – the smallest difference in the history of the study, as TL pricing keeps falling.


Approximate number of angry employees who rioted rather violently at ArcelorMittal’s headquarters in Luxembourg last week, protesting plant closures at the world’s largest steel maker, as labor unrest continues around the globe.


The number of slotting moves made per day at some Bed, Bath and Beyond distribution centers, according to a presentation on the company’s successful slotting optimization program at the Manhattan Associates' user conference, using one of the most aggressive approaches to slotting SCDigest has seen.