Transportation TIP List: Week of January 1st, 2017
Happy New Year! With a new year comes many new opportunities to take your supply chain and transportation logistics to the next level. Our first TIP List of 2017 is chock-full of inspiration, from a boost in electric truck sales and a jump in truck tonnage to the stellar 2016 retail holiday season. Whatever your goals are for 2017, our TIP List is here to keep you up-to-date on the industry trends you need to know!
- U.S. Retailers on Pace for Best Holiday Season in Years: Surging online orders and last-minute shoppers helped retailers make up for a slow start to the holiday shopping season, fueling hopes that higher wages, the rising stock market and lower food and gas prices prompted Americans to spend more.
- Electric Truck Sales to Surpass a Third of a Million by 2026: According to a new report from Navigant Research, global annual electrified powertrain medium- and heavy-duty truck sales are expected to grow from about 31,000 vehicles in 2016 to nearly 332,000 by 2026.
- Digitization, Synchronization, Visibility, Amongst 2017 Top Trends in Demand-Driven Manufacturing: Modern demand-driven manufacturers are today’s truly lean thinkers and are continuously improving their operations to create more opportunities for innovation. Let’s take a look at some of the top trends for demand-driven manufacturing in 2017.
- Truckers Accounted for Most Workplace Fatalities of Any Occupation in 2015: Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers had the most workplace fatalities of all occupations in 2015. In total, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had 745 fatal work injuries during the year.
- Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: Five Supply Chain Predictions For 2017: Because it’s no fun pondering the obvious, these supply chain and procurement predictions for 2017 are provoked by the statement, “tell me something I don’t already know.”
- Truck Tonnage Jumped 8.2% in November: Following a 0.3% drop during October, the For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index surged 8.2% in November. And in November, the index equaled 142.4 (2000=100), up from 131.6 in October. The all-time high was 144 in February.
- AAR: Total Weekly Traffic up 27%: The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported that for the week ending December 24, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 496,633 carloads and intermodal units, up a whopping 27% compared with the same week last year.
What are some of your supply chain and transportation goals for 2017?