Table of Contents: June 2006

track to the future
Gil Carmichael has seen the future of transportation, and it is rail.
a tale of two sorters
One company needed a way to sort plumbing fixtures; the other needed help assembling massive but varied retail orders. The answer for both? Sortation systems.
research and (career) development: interview with Karl Manrodt
He has the degrees, the contacts and the teaching credentials. But it's his research that makes Karl Manrodt stand out from the crowd.
it takes a village ...
... to distribute goods. Or so goes the pitch.
talk about mandates!
Steve Sellentin faces what must be the ultimate in RFID mandates: Get ready to tag more than 50,000 items by year's end.
going yard!
The tracking capabilities managers have come to expect from their warehousing and transportation software are finally being extended to the yard.

Basic Training: getting a handle on material handling
Warehousing is nothing more than the effective management of time and space. It would stand to reason, then, that the material handling tools used in facilities would be designed to conserve both time and space. But it's never that simple.
Big Picture: doubt, yes, but hope, too
The nation's shippers and carriers are fast losing patience with the rapid clogging of the nation's transportation arteries. Their fear: delays, congestion and uncertainty will threaten the nation's prosperity unless we act soon.
Fastlane: they're back ...
With innovative managers at their helm, the rails have been able to capitalize on surging import volumes as well as the trucking industry's misfortunes. Today, the railroads are handling record volumes.
Labor Pool: writing a killer resume
Here are some pointers drawn from years of reading resumes written by professionals in the logistics and supply chain field.
Outbound: can't find the outrage? Let's stoke the fire
As both consumers and folks who rely on freight transportation, we're all aware of skyrocketing fuel prices. But you have to ask, why are we even in this predicament?
Rfidwatch: Dutch bookseller adds RFID to its shelves
Last June, a small book retailer in the Netherlands took the RFID industry by surprise when it opened the world's first RFID-enabled bookstore.
Rfidwatch: the 5-cent tag has arrived ... for those who can afford it
Got $5 million in your budget for tags? If so, you can purchase the cheapest RFID tags in town.
yes, that's billion with a "B"
2005 may have been a bad year for newspapers and the movie industry, but it was a record-breaker for third-party logistics service providers (3PLs).
who's at fault?
The biggest threat to your safety on the highways isn't brake failure or a fast-moving ice storm.
scanned, sealed, delivered
If we can't inspect every one of the estimated 11 million ocean containers entering the United States each year, at least we should scan them.
if you want it done right ...
When it first noticed that some of its customers' shipments were being left stranded on its docks, LOGISCO figured it was an anomaly.
as California goes, so goes the nation?
At least environmentalists hope so.
locking down the ports
The phrase "identification, please" is about to take on a whole new meaning in the transportation industry.
merger mania
It appears that size does matter—at least in the software industry.
all you have to do is call ...
Good news for shippers who have FedEx Express, FedEx Freight and FedEx Custom Critical on speed dial.
RFID gains at Wal-Mart better than expected
For those impressed by the preliminary results of Wal-Mart's RFID pilot program, we have good news.

Continuing Education

summertime, and the livin' is ... edifying?
Students willing to forgo the beach for the classroom this summer will have several options for learning more about supply chain management.
new program at Old Dominion
Old Dominion University is launching something new this fall.
MHEF lightens the load
Thirty-one students pursuing education in material handling will get some help with their tuition bills this year.