Supply Chain by the Numbers: Week of October 1st, 2009

-October 1, 2009


This Week’s Supply Chain by the Numbers – Imported Tires, Private Label Goods, General Mills, Planograms


The Supply Chain and Logistics Numbers Worth Knowing This Week: No Tires to Spare, Private Label - Public Appeal, "Turn Over" Profit at General Mills, Planogram Automation Tool - Just What the Dr. Ordered



The likely drop in imported tires from China over the next year as a result of the new 25-35% tariff that the US recently imposed on those imports, according to economics professor Thomas Prusa of Rutgers University, who says this may result in some 20 million fewer tires sold, higher prices, and consumer shortages.




The recent market share of private label goods in units sold in retail, according to the researchers at IRI – that’s up 1.2% percentage points over the last 12 months. Dollar share is at 17.6%, up .7%. In August, Nielsen found an even sharper increase, with private label sales up 7.4% year-over-year.


Increase in food giant General Mill’s recent quarterly profit, as the company said it saw rapidly falling input/commodity costs while it has largely been able to maintain prices to retailers. Gross margins were up a huge 7 percentage points. This is the same trend being seen across most food/consumer packaged goods companies.


The number of hours it now takes Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to create some 1200 store “Planograms” for a major retailer, after implementing a new Planogram automation tool (JDA Software). That’s down from 600 hours and as many as 10 people, according to the company’s John Williams at a recent seminar in Bentonville, AR.