Table of Contents: March 2005

small is beautiful
At a time when most companies are vying to see who can build the biggest DC, pharmacy chain CVS has decided that small is better. Way better.
when D.C. gets cookin', DCs should take notice
Deregulators may have won the election, but that doesn't mean Washington isn't cooking up lots of new rules that will have a direct effect on your business.
coming soon to a container near you?
Move over, RFID. A feisty Israeli company wants to make an information-rich little symbol called the Visidot America's identification technology of choice.
lean but not mean
In the "here today, obsolete tomorrow" world of electronics, no supply chain partner wants to get stuck with mountains of parts for yesterday's hot-selling cell phone or PC. But running a lean operation doesn't have to mean pushing your inventory problems onto someone else. Solectron found a better way.
Simon says ...
Simon says, "Stick RFID tags on your products," and America's biggest consumer products companies promptly fall in line? That's precisely what happened when Simon (Langford) issued Wal-Mart's now famous RFID mandate. So what will Wal- Mart want next?

Voices
Big Picture: capitol spending
As a long-time political junkie, i was delighted to receive an invitation to the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors? annual executive summit in Washington, D.C., this year.
Measuring Up: all together now
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Basic Training: capitol spending
Rubbing shoulders with members of a middlemen's trade group may seem an unlikely way to get an insider's view of the political process, but the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, or NAW, isn't just any trade association.
Outbound: goodbye, bargains
The reason there wasn't an awful lot of merchandise left over after the holiday shopping blitz was that the amount of goods stocked by the stores pretty evenly matched what consumers wanted to buy.
Rfidwatch: Gillette-P&G merger could shave RFID costs
The market clout Procter & Gamble will wield once its $57 billion bid to acquire Gillette is approved hasn't been lost on Wall Street.
Inbound
bullish on outsourcing
Red Bull's taste testers may find themselves up at night, but not the company's logistics managers.
cash in hand
Few transport companies can match Montana-based Security Armored Express when it comes to volume of high-value cargo handled.
happy days are here again?
If attendance at the recent ProMat 2005 show in Chicago can be taken as a leading indicator of investment in capital equipment (and capital investment as a precursor to an economic boom), this could be a very good year.
Newsworthy
it's the supply chain, stupid!
How do America's retailers plan to stay competitive in 2005? By cutting prices? Hiring market researchers? Bombarding their customers with surveys? While all of those may be useful, retailers say their primary strategy for keeping tabs on what their customers really want this year will be &#133; supply chain optimization.
everything's coming up roses
The weather may have been dismal when the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) met in Washington in January.
ports decry lack of federal funding
In what's beginning to seem as predictable as the tides, the nation's ports are in an uproar about the funding allotted to them in the upcoming year's federal budget.