Measuring Up: Transportation, Warehousing Trends

New survey looks at common practices, challenges and emerging trends within the food industry.


Thirty-four percent of respondents outsource 75 to 100 percent of their transportation budget. Twenty-one percent use 25 to 75 percent of their budget. Some companies do limit their outsourcing, with 27.1 percent using less than 25 percent of their transportation budget.

Although it is not as prevalent as transportation outsourcing, more than half of companies (53.4 percent) do outsource warehousing. Nearly a third of respondents (31.7 percent) spend less than 10 percent of their budget on warehousing. However, companies spend less of their warehousing budget on outsourcing than of their transportation budget.

Thirty-four percent outsource more than 75 percent of their transportation budget, while only one-fifth of respondents (19.5 percent) outsource more than 75 percent of their warehousing budget.

Fifty-seven percent outsource part or all of their packaging. Budgets for packaging outsourcing follow along the lines of warehousing outsourcing. A significant number of respondents (44.1 percent) report using less than 10 percent of their packaging budget for outsourcing, but 18.6 percent use 75 to 100 percent.

Click here to view PDF version of Saddle Creek survey information.

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