Supply Chain by the Numbers

- Dec. 2 , 2010 -


Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Dec. 2, 2010


Impact of CSA 2010 on Freight Rates; SAP Must Send REALLY BIG Check to Oracle, Court Says; New African Safari Planned by WalMart; Sony Watches TV Production Go Offshore



The level that trucking rates may ultimately increase due to the impact of CSA 2010, which creates a new safety reporting and rating structure for carriers and could lead to the loss of drivers whose record of violations may make them unemployable and push some smaller carriers from the market. That according to Kenny Lund, an executive at freight broker Allen Lund Co., as a several associations representing smaller carriers sued this week to delay CSA implementation in December. See With CSA Looming, Trucking Groups Move to Halt Implementation; Should Shippers Care?



$1.3 Billion


The extraordinary amount of damages - the largest amount ever in a software IP dispute - that a court ruled Thanksgiving week that SAP must pay competitor Oracle over an intellectual property battle stemming from the download of by an SAP affiliate of vast amounts of documentation for Oracle's ERP software. Though most expect the amount to be reduce somewhat upon appeal, there are some IT pundits who believe this will be have an impact on SAP's business in the US for some time.


$2.3 Billion

The amount WalMart offered this week to acquire a 51% share of South Africa's Massmart Group, as the world's largest retailer looks to gain a place in Africa's rapidly growing consumer market. Massmart operates a variety of retail banners in grocery, mass merchandise, warehouses clubs and building supplies.


Planned level offshore manufacturing for Sony's TV division by year's end, up from 20-30% just a couple of years ago, as the electronics giant joins many other Japanese firms rapidly moving domestic production offshore, in part due to the rising value of the Yen. The move is a key factor in the Sony TV unit being profitable last quarter for the first time in a surprising six years.