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Supply Chain facts you never knew…

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Here are 12 facts about supply chain that you never knew….

 

  • Amazon have around 100,000 robots in use in their distribution centres across the world.

 

  • The world’s largest container ship is the 21,412 TEU OOCL. It’s 399.87 meters long, which is around 4 football pitches. It cost $950m USD to build.

 

  • In 1964 the British and French government announced the plan to build the channel tunnel. Also in this year, Black and Decker became the first company to use MRP.

 

  • 1 in 12 people in the UK work in the logistics and supply chain sector.

 

  • Each year, the UK food supply chain generates £112bn of value for the UK economy.

 

  • APICS has over 45000 members across the globe, compared with 200,000 CIPS members.

 

  • Around 300m tonnes of plastic is manufactured globally each year.

 

  • The word ‘logistics’ first appeared in written form as early as 1898.

 

  • Henry Ford designed the first mass production line in 1913. Since then, Ford have manufactured over 350 million vehicles.

 

  • In the UK, the most imported products include machinery, fuel, and food. Imports total over £400bn…that takes a lot of supply management!

 

  • The first 2 CIPS branches were in Birmingham and Leeds, and were opened in 1932. Back then, the annual members cost an equivalent of £3.15.

 

  • The HGV Driver is becoming an endangered species in the UK, with a shortage of up to 60,000 drivers and only c. 20,000 entering the industry each year.

 

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