Barry Brandman is president of Danbee Investigations, a Midland Park, N.J., company that provides investigative, loss prevention and security consulting services to many of the top names in the logistics industry. He has been a guest speaker for the Department of Homeland Security, CSCMP, and WERC, and is the author of Security Best Practices: Protecting Your Distribution Center From Inventory Theft, Fraud, Substance Abuse, Cybercrime and Terrorism. You can reach him via e-mail at or (201) 652-5500.
The truth about security technologies
The pitch is that the right technology can prevent—or at least expose—internal theft in your warehouse or DC. Don't believe it.
As the economy sinks, theft rises
There is a direct correlation between rising workplace criminal activity and the economic crisis.
Are you proactive or reactive?
In tough economic times, companies are sometimes reluctant to spend money on security audits and assessments. But that's a risky approach in the long run.
Undercover investigations can be an effective way to get at the source of problems in logistics operations, but certain mistakes must be avoided.
C-TPAT Part II: strategies for obtaining and keeping C-TPAT certification
Obtaining—and keeping—C-TPAT certification got harder last March, when the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection introduced new and stiffer standards, which apply to new applicants and current C-TPAT members alike.
It may not be perfect, but C-TPAT's here to stay
Some critics say C-TPAT is too lax. Others complain that its requirements are so vague as to be nearly useless. Yet others revile its standards as too stringent and unnecessary. Who's to be believed?
Press 1 for collusion
Companies can't afford to overlook employee misconduct, which can easily add up to losses and legal fees in the six-figure range. But how do you encourage whistleblowers to come forward?
Is your DC really secure?
Most DCs believe they've taken adequate steps to prevent loss. But some recent audits have shown that this confidence may be misplaced.
Let the buyer beware
Though the usual response to rising theft is to seek out a high-tech solution, technology is rarely the answer.
It's highway robbery
Nobody wants to acknowledge the possibility, but your own in-house truckers could be robbing you.