Supply Chain by the Numbers: Week of October 15, 2009

-October 15, 2009


This Week’s Supply Chain by the Numbers – China's Global Domestic Consumption, Collaborative Procurement, Q3 Freight Volumes, Exported Manufactured Goods


The Supply Chain and Logistics Numbers Worth Knowing This Week: China's Balancing Dilemma, Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo - Drinking Up the Collaborative Savings, Decline Rate Speaks Volumes, Exported Manufactured Goods - China Reaps "Dragon's" Share



China’s share of total world population versus its share of global domestic consumption, according to an article last week in BusinessWeek magazine, noting that many believe China must better balance its domestic economic growth versus exports as a driver of its economy.




The number of members in a new “purchasing coop” (our words) announced this week between Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo, easily the most interesting supply chain news of the week, so we came up with a number we could use on this page. The two beverage giants will leverage spend and jointly procure a wide range of indirect materials and services, including office supplies, MRO materials, computer hardware and transportation services. “Collaborative Procurement?”


Decline in Q3 freight volumes for rail carrier CSX, whose profits were down 23% as a result. Still the third largest rail carrier said the rate of volume decline is clearly slowing, and that it has still been able to maintain market prices even amidst the drop in demand.


The US global market share of exported manufactured goods in 2007, down from 19% in 2000. Meanwhile, China has moved to become the top exporter in that time, raising its share from 7% to 17%, according to the just released The Facts about Modern Manufacturing report from the Manufacturing Alliance/MAPI.