Transportation TIP List: Week of November 18th, 2018

Posted - November 21, 2018

While every family has its own traditions, we can all agree that there is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Our TIP List this week highlights some of the latest supply chain trends to gobble up, including the impact of “Turkey Day” on the reefer and van markets and the most recent consumer spending numbers. Read on for a serving of this week’s industry news!

  • U.S. Retail Sales Rebound, But Consumer Spending Slowing: U.S. retail sales rebounded sharply in October as purchases of motor vehicles and building materials surged, but data for the prior two months was revised lower and the underlying trend suggested that consumer spending was slowing down.
  • As Disruptions Accelerate, Supply Chains Learn to Measure Them: At a time when supply chains are growing increasingly complex, disruptions such as natural disasters, cyberattacks and geopolitical conflicts can have a significant impact on speed and sourcing. As a result, a new wave of KPIs is emerging — such as time-to-recovery — to help executives benchmark their operations.

What supply chain trends are you following this Thanksgiving?