Nearly half of all domestic overnight air shipments reached their destinations without ever traveling very far from home, according to the Colography Group's 2002 national survey of shippers, which was released last month. The survey results showed that 49.3 percent of all domestic overnight air shipments (by volume) in 2002 traveled less than 350 miles, and 31 percent of all volumes moved within a 150-mile radius. Less than 20 percent of all overnight air volumes moved more than 1,200 miles.
The Colography Group study, now in its 11th year, is based on interviews with more than 30,000 transportation and logistics decision makers, the company said. According to Colography, the survey looks at 144 U.S. industry groups and five employment categories that range from small businesses to divisions of multinational corporations.
Other findings in the most recent study:
Ted Scherck, president of the Colography Group, said the survey results backed up clients' assertions that they valued fast service. "Our interviews tell us that buyers of overnight air services find compelling value —largely in the form of compressed delivery cycles and lower inventory costs—in having their goods in hand as quickly as possible. They also tell us that air freight remains the most viable option for cargo shipped more than 600 miles and requiring delivery before noon," Scherck said in a statement.