Table of Contents: June 2007

thanks for the MREs
All jokes aside, you have to marvel at a meal in a bag that can be stored for three years and tossed from a helicopter ... and still beats airline food any day.
fuel cells get hotter
Fuel cell-powered cars and trucks could be a decade away. In the meantime, the DC is where the action is.
bound for glory?
Rails see the boom in global trade as their chance to come roaring back. But capacity restrictions could derail their plans.
no water? no problem
Though far from the coast, America's "inland ports" are making a run for a share of the booming U.S.-Asia trade.
the top of the food chain: interview with William B. Day
It's already North America's largest foodservice distributor. Now Sysco wants to make its supply chain the best food chain on the planet. And it's William B. Day's job to see that it happens.
Schiff puts its money on RFID
It could have saved thousands of dollars by taking the "slap on RFID and ship" route, but vitamin-maker Schiff thinks its full-blown RFID project will have a bigger payoff in the end.
diversionary tactics
They may be expensive, but sortation systems can save space, cut shipping costs, and boost productivity. And you don't have to use Bubba.

Voices
Basic Training: finding the right speed
Suddenly, supply chain speed seems to be at the heart of business competition.
Byways: (supply) chain reactions
The benefits and costs of globalization for the United States are a continuing source of debate—and not just among politicians.
Big Picture: and that's the way it is
There's a direct correlation between the editorial standards here at DC VELOCITY and those maintained by Cronkite during his 18 years at the anchor desk for the CBS Evening News.
Fastlane: ┐que pasa?
Thirteen years after NAFTA, Mexican truckers are still stuck in idle, barred from making deliveries outside U.S. commercial zones that extend roughly 25 miles along the border.
Special Handling: another giant sucking sound or better business?
Depending on whom you ask, the NAFTA Super Highway will either enhance trade for us, Mexico, and Canada, or drain our sovereignty into some tripartite cabal.
Outbound: trucks are bad, until you don't have them
Congestion pricing for busy roads won't work, and there is evidence to prove it.
Rfidwatch: Cardinal turns to RFID to meet California's e-pedigree requirement
Just six months ago it was still in the RFID pilot phase, but Cardinal Health has nonetheless decided it will take the RFID route to meeting California's upcoming e-pedigree requirement.
Inbound
busy times for the repo man
Further evidence that it's tough for independent truckers to make a buck these days can be found in the latest quarterly numbers from Nassau Asset Management.
take me out to the … museum?
When they head to the ballpark this summer, some lucky baseball fans will be able to stop off at the museum on the way.
parlez vous drayage?
Walk into a drayage company dispatch office at any port, and you might think you've accidentally landed at the United Nations.
lean wannabes
Everyone wants to be lean and mean these days, and supply chain professionals are no exception.
five things you probably didn't know about the railroads
A frequent critic of the rail industry (and of Class I carriers in particular), Robert Szabo is known for his controversial statements.
there's no more excuse for ignorance
What's the one question you should always ask a potential software supplier? Which links in the supply chain are the most vulnerable to lawsuits? What are the four "cosmic" metrics&#8212;the ones every corporation must measure?</p> The answers can be found in a new book, <i>Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management: An Essential Guide for 21st Century Managers</i>, by industry experts (and <i>DC VELOCITY</i> columnists) Kenneth B.
Newsworthy
shippers may benefit from STB ruling
It appears that the era of motor carrier collective ratemaking is over.
packed ports
Retailers, take note.
Washington mulls transportation moves
"Privatization" and "infrastructure" seem to be two very popular words in Washington these days, especially at the U.
rate woes?
Demand for truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) service is soft right now, and shippers are taking full advantage of the situation to pressure carriers to reduce rates.

Continuing Education

become a super-modeler (or analyze data just like one)
Need a fresh, fact-based inventory strategy or a better way to inte grate supply and demand? Two back-to-back short courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will show you how to use models to come up with solutions.
make the most of space, equipment, and labor
To achieve a successful warehousing operation, you need to coax stellar performance from all three of your basic resources: space, equipment, and labor.
39 flavors and then some
School may be out for the summer, but that's no excuse to let your brain rot.