Jim Tompkins

How Do Your Transportation Metrics Compare?

June 18, 2013
With faster paced shipping options becoming more and more of the norm, we’ve seen transportation’s role in the supply chain gaining speed.

With faster paced shipping options becoming more and more of the norm, we've seen transportation's role in the supply chain gaining speed.

To keep up with competitors, anyone in the field of transportation needs to know how they compare in certain areas.

We, the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium, recently put out a report that shows companies have been putting "the pedal to the metal" to improve truckload metrics over the past three years.

The Core Benchmarks: Transportation Report focuses on metrics for truckload, less-than-truckload, and parcel transportation from a variety of industries, including apparel and footwear, electronics, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical.

For truckload transportation, those leading the way in on-time pickup percentage are capable of an average of 97.2%, compared to 95% in previous years. And a particular metric that showed a high percentage peak was for orders delivered correct on-time (ODCOT), with a median jump from 90.3% in 2007-2008 to 95% today.

Even during tough economic times over the past few years, there has been steady progress over the last several years to improve truckload performance. Download the full report here to compare your transportation data.


About the Author

Jim Tompkins | CEO

Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority on leadership, logistics, material handling, outsourcing, and supply chain best practices. As the founder and CEO of Tompkins International, he provides leadership for Tompkins globally.

His 30-plus years as CEO of a consulting / integration firm and his focus on helping companies achieve profitable growth give him an insider’s view into what makes great companies even better. Listen to an interview of Jim Tompkins on the Business Leader Radio show.

As a high-level business advisor, his unique perspective prepares corporations and executives for the future.

To share his knowledge and provide up-to-date information on supply chain and business trends, he developed the GoGoGo! Blogand Global Supply Chain Podcast.

He has written or contributed to more than 30 books and eBooks, including Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon, Bold Leadership, Logistics and Manufacturing Outsourcing, The Supply Chain Handbook, andNo Boundaries. Jim has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines such as The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and FORTUNE, and he has spoken at more than 4,000 international engagements.

Jim has served as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Materials Management Society, and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education, and Purdue has named him a Distinguished Engineering Alum. He has also received more than 50 awards for his service to his profession.

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