June 28 is National Logistics Day
Today is the second annual National Logistics Day! Logistics has become a key player to not only the economy, but also to our day-to-day lives. Dating all the way back to the ancient Roman and Greek wars, logistics has grown and prospered over the years. On U.S. roads today there are more than 15.5 million trucks operating and 2 million of those are tractor trailers. The logistics industry accounts for around 10% of the GDP in the United States. To put that monetarily, the logistics market as a whole is valued at nearly $2 trillion. The 3PL market contributes $200 billion of that jaw-dropping number!
The original method of logistics dates back to the Greek and Roman wars. The Romans laid the foundation for the logistics system we operate and experience today. Needing a way to transport supplies to its legions during war, the Romans created a highly efficient system to deliver their goods. Officers, called logistikas, oversaw ensuring all supplies and resources were delivered in a timely manner so that soldiers could effectively do their jobs.
During the middle ages, an expansion in logistics occurred through the development in supply systems and roads as well as the use of warehouses. Another growth spurt happened during the industrial revolution with the addition of railways and ships to help move items. World War I brought the invention of an internal-combustion engine which pushed the widespread growth of motor transportation and World War II brought extreme advancements in communications and transportation. Throughout this time logistics was considered a warfare necessity, with rushes to get supplies to the troops.
In today’s world there are nearly 11 million shipping containers entering the U.S. every year. These containers accounts for around 200 million trips annually. On top of that, there are nearly 15.5 million trucks operating on U.S. roads today. The U.S. transportation infrastructure has 47,000 miles of interstate and 140,000 miles of railroad tracks.
Rail is the leading form of transportation of shipments that travel between 750 and 2,000 miles. The rails account for 16% of U.S. freight by weight. Air freight has become extremely popular; on average they transport 51.2 million tons of cargo a year. Each year there are more than 53,000 merchant ships that transport goods worldwide. Bulk carriers make up 20% of the fleet, and are the second most common type of ship in the world. Finallya, on top of having more than 15.5 million trucks in the U.S, there are more than 500,000 trucking companies supporting these trucks every year.
Without logistics we would not have access to the majority of the items that we use and consume daily. We are grateful everyday to work in such a growing industry and have the opportunity to grow our business. From the team at C.L. Services, we wish you all a happy National Logistics Day!
Marketing Intern, C.L. Services