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APRIL 2018: 


The annual Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) industry sales analysis reports that promotional products industry sales for 2017 increased 9.31 percent, totaling $23.3 billion. That's the highest sales volume in 18 years. PPAI attributed the increased growth to two main factors: online sales and sales of products from non-industry providers (such as Walmart and CafePress). Non-industry providers accounted for about $3.4 billion in product sales (14% of the total dollar volume). Online sales and e-commerce will continue to increase as smartphone usage and capabilities grow. Total online sales increased by 28.1 percent, reaching $5.3 billion.


The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port's 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (also known as a 20' container). This is a 5.5% percent increase over 2016's record-breaking year. It's was the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port. This growth was a result of technology upgrades which aggregate key cargo data online to facilitate better cargo tracking, projections, and productivity. The Port's infrastructure was also upgraded to service increasingly larger ships.


Fleet operators ordered 32,900 Class 8 trucks in November, a 70% boost over a year ago, giving truck makers their strongest two-month stretch for orders since the start of 2015. Trucking companies are adding capacity as strong economic growth fuels surging ship volume and prices. Carrier confidence is high for 2018, providing relief to many in the industry that laid off workers in 2016 as orders fell to multi-year lows. The only brake on the fleet owners' expansion plans, in fact, may be finding enough drivers to run the big rigs.

Sources: PPAI Magazine, WSJ Logistics Report

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