Averitt Express has released the results from its seventh annual State of The North American Supply Chain Survey. Over 1,800 shippers from a wide variety of industries throughout North America participated in the survey, which was conducted in late 2021.
The survey consisted of a series of questions aimed at gauging the supply chain challenges that shippers experienced in 2021. They were also asked questions to measure the use of and interest in various supply chain services in comparison to data taken from the previous years’ surveys.
Some of the questions asked in the survey included:
- Are businesses predicting an increase or decrease in shipments in 2022?
- Did freight capacity pose a challenge for your business in 2021?
- What was your biggest challenge with international shipments in 2021?
Results from the survey were compiled into a white paper that is available to download for free. The white paper will be a valuable resource that shippers can use to help plan their supply chain strategy for the year ahead.
Conclusions drawn from the survey of shippers included:
- 75.93% anticipate increased shipping volumes in 2022 – the highest percentage recorded in the survey’s seven-year history
- 37% of all respondents struggled with capacity challenges within their supply chain in 2021 compared to 25% that reported issues in 2020
- 57% experienced delays with truckload shipments in 2021 compared to 42% in 2020
- 71% foresee higher LTL rates in 2022 – an eleven-percentage point increase from 2021
- Nearly 43% of all respondents will use residential shipping services in 2022 compared to 34% surveyed five years ago
- 33% of the respondents were challenged with on-time inland container deliveries in 2021 – nearly double the rate recorded in 2020 (17%)