Supply Chain by the Numbers: Week of May 14 , 2009

-May 14, 2009


This Week's Supply Chain by the Numbers - Value of IT, Lowe's DC Workers, Sainbury's, US Truckload Carrier Market


The Supply Chain and Logistics Numbers Worth Knowing This Week: IT - For What it's Worth, DC Workers at Lowe's Receive Just Reward, Sainsbury's "Cost Inflation" Equalizer, Reduced TL Demand - A Drop-in-Capacity Distinction without a Drop-in-Rate Difference



The number of companies that try to measure the value of Information Technology to at least some extent, according to a fresh survey by The Information Systems Audit Control Association (ISACA), an organization of IT professionals.




The extra pay per hour that distribution center workers at Lowe's receive per hour on standard for the month if they exceed 120% of standard for the period, according to a recent presentation on labor management systems.


The amount of its total “cost inflation” European retail giant Sainsbury’s said it has been able to offset in the past year through a supply chain transformation program that included a new transportation management system, supply chain network redesign, and other measures, the company said this week.


The delta between the drop in demand (18%) and the drop in capacity (15%) in the US truckload carrier market thus far in the recession, according to transportation industry analyst John Larkin of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. at the recent NASSTRAC conference – meaning TL rates are still dropping despite much capacity exiting the market.