Friday, May 13, 2011
April retail sales, which include non-general merchandise like automobiles, gasoline, and restaurants, were $389.4 billion for a 0.5 percent increase from March and a 7.6 percent increase compared to April 2010, according to Commerce data. Commerce said that total retail sales from February through April were up 8.1 percent annually.
On the heels on a 2.7 percent gain in March, following a cumulative 2.8 percent decline in January and February, the April edition of the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index (PCI) was down 0.5 percent. The PCI has been down on a sequential basis in six of the last nine months, but it was up 3.5 percent compared to April 2010 and has been up annually for 17 consecutive months.
Carload volume was down 0.1 percent in the East and down 4.2 percent out West. Carloads on a year-to-date basis are at 5,233,086 for a 3.4 percent annual gain.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Both major ocean cargo gateways in San Pedro Bay posted positive numbers for container throughput in April.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Aberdeen's Research Benchmarks provide an in-depth and comprehensive look into process, procedure, methodologies and technologies with best practice identification and actionable recommendations for the supply chain.
While the global consensus seems to support “green” supply chains, the cost/reward ratio remains a question
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
While union dockworkers and truckers have long been criticized for making U.S. West Coast ports weaker, another faction of organized labor may pose an even greater threat to the competitiveness of one major ocean cargo gateway.
CEVA Logistics has announced the creation of a new organization, Supply Chain Solutions, and launched its latest SMART Solution, SMART End to End.
Monday, May 09, 2011
As has been the case in recent weeks, rail carload and intermodal volumes were somewhat mixed in April, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). April rail carloads—at 1,117277—were down 0.2 percent compared to April 2010 and up 2.5 percent compared to March 2011 on a seasonally-adjusted basis
Actual dollar amounts are short of desired legislative levels for transportation infrastructure. And with the Federal Government repeatedly showing little or no interest in increasing the gasoline tax, the current primary funding source, it stands to reason that funding will remain an obstacle for the foreseeable future.