Logistics Managers Index paints optimistic outlook for 2023 – DAT Freight & Analytics

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On a current DAT Freight & Analytics present, we interviewed Zac Rogers, Affiliate Professor, and mentioned the newest outcomes of the Logistics Managers Index. Right here’s an excerpt from the interview.

Ken Adamo (KA): It’s trying like we is likely to be in for a little bit of a slower yr than anticipated. What are you seeing?

Zac Rogers (ZR): It appears to be like similar to 2019 due to the distinction in upstream and downstream dynamics. We heard all this noise from retailers on the finish of December, indicating they’d bought off their stock and began to construct again up. And for locations like Walmart, Goal, and Nike, that was true. Shopper spending went up by a degree or two within the final month, however we’re not seeing a number of spending on the commercial aspect. So you already know, something tied to one thing with an rate of interest appears to be struggling somewhat bit, like when you take a look at inventories of home equipment, for example, individuals aren’t going to purchase new home equipment if we’re not constructing new homes. And we received’t purchase many new homes when the rates of interest are so excessive. And so that is just like what we noticed in our numbers in 2019. 

Dean Croke (DC): For our new listeners, are you able to clarify the distinction between upstream and downstream warehouses from a truckload supply perspective? 

ZR: So for upstream, that is your form of conventional massive distribution facilities out in a rural space like  Walmart’s grocery distribution facilities in Cheyenne, Wyoming, proper on the crossroads of two main interstates, pretty rural areas the place issues will not be that costly. 

Downstream warehousing could be like the large Amazon distribution heart 5 miles down the street in an city space. Right here they’re designed for fast distribution to retail shops which might be all combating over that very same city infill house. Perhaps one thing that was an outdated Kmart retailer trying to be transformed to a final-mile supply warehouse as near customers as potential. So Downstream tends to be the issues which might be straight consumer-facing, whereas Upstream tends to be anyplace additional up the availability chain distribution targeted on B2B shipments on the pallet degree.

DC: From January to February, your prior report mentioned the transportation capability grew on the quickest tempo on document. Has the speed of improve in capability slowed down in any respect?

ZR: In March, sure. The speed of improve for transportation capability has been up within the 60s and 70s for concerning the final yr, and that comes after transportation capability contracted from April 2020 all the best way till April 2022. So we had two straight years of contraction (tightening capability) till Could 2022, when capability began to loosen. 

KA: What’s your outlook for the steadiness of the yr 1 / 4 of the best way into the yr?

ZR: I feel this could be just like 2019, however it doesn’t seem to be we’re getting a full-on recession. The general financial system continues to be considerably combined. Issues are slower than they’ve been, however it doesn’t appear we’re in an official recession. The U.S. financial system grew at a tempo of two.6% in This fall 2022, which is barely decrease than what was anticipated partially as a result of seasonally adjusted client spending grew by 0.2% in February, down considerably from the two% development noticed in January. The LMI’s total index rating of 51.1 (-3.6) epitomizes these combined financial messages. That is the slowest fee of development we have now ever tracked within the 6.5 years of the index, however it’s nonetheless rising. Issues have clearly been slowing down, however the macro financial system has not but come to a halt.

The total interview could be discovered right here on the reside DAT Freight & Analytics weekly present.

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