The LoDI Index is named after the UofL-based Logistics and Distribution Institute.
The first national index number, issued Monday for March, is 50.
The index uses a number between 1 and 100, with the lower values representing a decline and higher values an increase in regional logistics and distribution activity. An index higher than 50 indicates healthy activity.
The index expands the reach of a local monthly index that has come out for a year.
Primary users of the index are expected to be logistics-related businesses and warehouses. Other potential users could be retail companies, manufacturers, investment companies, government offices, real estate developers and chambers of commerce.