Table of Contents: January 2006

on the radar
High-tech forklifts come with sophisticated RFID readers. The ultra-high-tech models feature both readers and active RFID tags that tell manage ment where they are and where they've been.
when the going gets tough, will your freight keep going?
Not if you keep doing things the same old way. Changing times call for changing shipping strategies.
the most influential man you've never heard of: interview with Dirk Van Dongen
You've probably never heard of Dirk Van Dongen, but chances are, you're in his debt.
darn SOX!
A law aimed at top brass has turned out to affect nearly every facet of the supply chain, including suppliers supposedly exempt from the law.
more than paper savings
You no longer have to be a Wal-Mart to afford supply chain execution (SCE) systems. Even small companies can trade in their old paper-based systems for these powerful hypernetworked tools.
going deep
There's high-density storage and there's narrow-aisle storage, but Schenker's gone one better: no-aisle storage. Its ultra-dense system stores pallets 24 deep and requires no human intervention.

Voices
Basic Training: manage inventory, or be managed by it
To most everyone in the supply chain world, inventory management essentially comes down to choosing between a couple of unattractive alternatives: keeping a lot of inventory on hand to hide problems or reducing the inventory in order to expose and fix them.
Big Picture: downward mobility?
With the country struggling with issues like war and terrorism, a record-setting deficit, and skyrocketing health care costs, transportation is not high on the national agenda. But that hasn't deterred leaders of the National Industrial Transportation League from undertaking what may prove a quixotic quest: the development of a national transportation policy.
Fastlane: it's Greek to me
Practically non-existent 25 years ago, Greece's logistics service provider industry received a boost from the elimination of customs taxes in 1993, which sent demand for warehouse space soaring. But the market for outsourced services still lags well behind the rest of the European Union.
Labor Pool: getting started with mentoring
If you're looking to introduce mentoring to your warehouse or DC, you'll want to begin by establishing ground rules for the program.
Outbound: a lesson not lost
Thomas Moore believes he's come up with something that will differentiate his organization from the competition and bring customers flocking to his doors. That something? Supply chain management.
Rfidwatch: how they did it
The results of Wal-Mart's RFID pilot are no secret—the world has known about the 16-percent reduction in stock-outs and two-thirds drop in replenishment times since October.
Rfidwatch: eye spy a solution?
For consumers who see the RFID tag as the greatest threat to personal privacy since the telescope, there's hope.
Security Brief: 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.
Inbound
shake, rattle and roll
Drivers dispatched to one of Schneider National's driver training academies may want to pack some Dramamine.
lab work
For students at Penn State University's Smeal College of Business, the quest to understand the inner workings of the supply chain is about to get easier.
not just the small stuff
The National Small Shipments Traffic Conference is thinking big—or at least bigger.
quicker picks
First RFID, now pick-and-pack technology? For consumer goods manufacturers, it appears that the stakes to play in Wal-Mart's game are about to go up.
are hazmat checks themselves a hazard?
Will a program aimed at tightening security for hazardous material shipments end up driving hazmat truckers from the business? One trucking industry exec warns that this could be the unintended effect of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) hazmat truck driver background check program.
Newsworthy
U.S. economy expected to make a full recovery
After Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf states this past fall, economists hastened to assure Americans that there was no cause for alarm.
Sysco bets its future on the supply chain
It's hardly unusual for a CEO to outline his vision for the company's future at an annual shareholders' meeting.
industrial truck market to get a little lift
They don't see big gains ahead, but they do see growth in some unexpected places.
global economies require global security
It's one thing to move bits and bytes securely; it's another to move people and freight around the globe safely.
CSCMP gets new head
Rick Blasgen may have thought he'd left the supply chain world behind when he resigned as ConAgra's senior vice president-integrated logistics last fall, but he's found himself right back in the fold.
staking a claim in China
Beijing may be China's political capital, but Shanghai seems to be getting most of the investment action—at least where logistics is concerned.
maybe sparks will fly?
Dutch giant TNT NV hopes that someone out there will see the dynamite market potential of its logistics business.
Brink's secures buyer for BAX
In order to focus on its security business, Brink's Co.

Continuing Education

another way to prove you're certifiable
Operations and supply chain management professionals who really know their stuff will soon have another opportunity to prove it.
new year, new classes
The University of Tennessee has announced its schedule of logistics-related professional courses for the first half of 2006, and the roster includes two brand new programs: "Making Performance-based Logistics Real—The Basics and Beyond" and "Getting Global Sourcing Right.