Logistics Market Snapshot – September Edition

Martijn Graat
Martijn Graat

Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Some selected encouraging statistics:

  • U.S. Ports container volumes decreased slightly overall in August compared to last month. However, the Port of Savannah was the only port in the top ten to post an increase in August with a rise of 9%, over 106,000 TEU’s. (Source: Zepol Corporation | zepol.com)  


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  • In August, petroleum products experienced more growth than any other commodity shipped by rail. Last month, carloads of petroleum products increased 18.5%, or 8,148 carloads, year-over-year.  However, China’s use of petroleum is forecast to replace the U.S. as the world’s biggest oil importer in the fall of 2013(Source: US Energy Information Administration)   
  • Apple ships millions of iPhones by air to its own stores and other retail outlets where the handsets with go on sale simultaneously. Primarily the devices come to the U.S. using Boeing 777’s.  The planes can carry about 450,000 iPhones and cost about $242,000 to charter, with fuel accounting for more than half of that expense.  (Source: Bloomberg.com, SJ Consulting Group)   
  • E-commerce spending in the U.S. will increase about 15.1% year-over-year in November and December of this year, totaling $61.8 billion.  For 2013 as a whole, e-commerce spending is expected to grow 16.4% over 2012. Mobile commerce will gain a larger share of U.S. e-commerce sales this year as M-commerce will account for nearly 16%, or $41.68 billion, of the $262.3 billion that online shoppers are expected to spend this year in the U.S.   (Source: eMarketer, U.S. Commerce Department)

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