Table of Contents: July 2006

the rainmakers
For our 2006 Rainmakers, success isn't just about contributions to the corporate coffers. It's about contributions to the profession as well.
a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T
They can deal with the congested roads and inclement weather. What America's truck drivers really want is a little you know what at the loading dock.
the speed of sound
United Stationers' new high-tech voice system was supposed to solve problems with picking errors. No one guessed it would boost productivity by a whopping 28 percent.
prepared for the worst
Plenty of businesses are taking a go-slow approach to pandemic preparedness. Intel isn't one of them.
fast forward
Goods may not linger long in today's DC, but a lot happens during their short stay.
it's in the way that you use it
Sophisticated global trade software can track goods to the ends of the earth and much more. But it's what you do with the data that matters.
ready for combat
The smartest bomb or the stealthiest cruise missile won't do a warfighter much good if the launcher is sidelined for repairs. A look at the Pentagon's bold new plan for keeping its weapons systems combat ready.

Voices
Basic Training: one company, one strategy
Supply chain management strategies are of limited use and less value unless they're aligned with the corporate strategy.
Big Picture: a fair exchange
While there's much discussion about how to ensure that the nation's logistics network keeps up with economic growth, individual business interests do not necessarily align with achieving that overarching goal.
Fastlane: choosing a partner
For those new to outsourcing, the first challenge is choosing a partner. What should you look for in a logistics service provider?
Labor Pool: you've sent off your resume, now what?
Alhough you may be tempted to sit back and wait for the phone to ring, this is the time to begin preparing for your follow-up calls.
Outbound: time does not change everything
After recently making his way back into the trucking industry, Bill Graves found that the problems that plagued it 20 years ago are the very same problems that bedevil the motor freight industry today.
Rfidwatch: chipping away at the national deficit?
If it worked for Wal-Mart, why not the U.
Rfidwatch: best practice for Best Buy
It seems that RFID is fast becoming best practice at Best Buy.
Rfidwatch: a kinder, gentler "mandate"
The retailer that rocked the industry when it issued the RFID mandate heard 'round the world is taking a decidedly lower-key approach to its international expansion.
Rfidwatch: Pfizer invests in RFID cure
Drug manufacturer Pfizer is evidently convinced that RFID is the best remedy for drug theft and counterfeiting, and it's backing up its convictions with cash.
Inbound
FEMA's looking for a few good storage sites
FEMA may have its flaws, but it seems cock-eyed optimism isn't one of them.
no Shanghai surprise
As China's economy explodes, it should come as no surprise that its supporting logistics infrastructure is experiencing something of a boom as well.
too early for the all-clear signal
Despite stepped-up efforts to secure the nation's ports after 9/11, the U.
they'll pay to "see the money"
Still think there's no money in transportation management systems? Market analyst ARC Advisory Group projects that TMS sales will top $950 million this year, driven by companies anxious to obtain visibility into financial performance as it relates to logistics.
transportation resources aren't infinite
Like oil and coal, transportation capacity is a finite resource and must be carefully managed.
a bridge to somewhere
The Chicago "Land Bridge" is now open, and its developer says heavy vehicles are welcome.
think your gas bill is high?
Here's a sobering thought: It would take an increase of just 3 percent over current projections to push the motor carrier industry's aggregate 2006 fuel bill to the $100 billion mark.
how fast can you get it here?
Companies hoping to crack the Chinese market have some difficult decisions to make first.
I want my MP3—no wait, make it my laptop
They can do without their Blackberries, their cell phones and their iPods, but tech professionals can't go a day without their laptop or desktop computers.
it just doesn't stop
After reaching an all-time high in October, the volume of cargo moving among the three North American countries via surface transportation (truck, rail and pipeline) hit a new high this spring.
security's tight ... but only when traffic's light?
We'll be OK as long as terrorists agree to cross the border only during slow periods.
Newsworthy
hazmat rail ban could have ripple effect
It might look like a purely local dispute, but the legal battle raging between a railroad and the Washington, D.
pandemic preparations may be risky business
If the threat of a global avian flu pandemic weren't enough, disaster planners now have something else to worry about: their emergency supplies.
FedEx acquires Watkins
It appears that FedEx is in the LTL business for the long haul.
airfreight's flying high
If the skies seemed unusually crowded last year, exports may be partly responsible.
banking on the supply chain
The last six months of the year are shaping up to be a bonanza for vendors of supply chain technology.
DHL readies for the storms
If disaster strikes Latin America, northern South America or the southern United States this year, DHL will be ready to pitch in on the relief effort.

Continuing Education

CSCMP goes to the ends of the earth
It seems the Council of Supply Chain Management Profession als (CSCMP) will go to the far corners of the earth if that's what it takes to fulfill its educa tional mission.
get your DC up to speed
If your DC is overdue for an IT upgrade and you don't know where to begin, check out the upcoming info tech conference co-sponsored by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) and the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA).
drop and give me 50
Think of it as boot camp without the pushups or barbed wire.