Supply Chain by the Numbers: Week of December 9, 2009

-December 9, 2009


This Week’s Supply Chain by the Numbers – Ocean Container Capacity, FedEx Rate Increase, Supply Chain-Related Capital Investment, Apparel Import Supply Chain


The Supply Chain and Logistics Numbers Worth Knowing This Week: Ocean Containership Capacity Dead in the Water, FedEx Rate Hike Signed, Sealed and Delivered, Don't Spend it All in One Place, A Step in the Right Direction



Level of total ocean containership capacity that is currently idled, according to French research group Alphaline this week. That level will likely grow in the coming months as capacity growth outstrips cargo demand, with major carriers forced to accept new ship orders placed before the meltdown in the global economy and international trade.




Announced increase this week in FedEx’s core list prices for US domestic air and ground rates for 2010, matching exactly the rate increase announced previously by UPS, even as parcel volumes remain depressed.


Planned increase in supply chain-related capital investments for 2010, versus a 7.8% decrease in 2009, according to a new survey from the Institute for Supply Management's December 2009 Semiannual Economic Forecast.


The number of total process steps in the China-to-US apparel import supply chain, according to new research from Stanford University, which finds there are few comprehensive process model for global trade management.