Table of Contents: July 2007

the rainmakers
For our 2007 Rainmakers, success isn't about fame and fortune. It's about making a lasting contribution to the profession.
under wraps
Safety-conscious motorists tend to fixate on the trucks with the scary hazmat danger warnings. But hazardous goods haphazardly stowed in unmarked trucks could pose a far bigger threat.
redrawing the GTM map
Vendors of global trade management software have been venturing into new territory. Here's where they're going—and why.
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management: An Essential Guide for 21st Century Managers
This book excerpt chronicles the history of supply chain fraud from the Trojan Horse (which the authors cite as an object lesson in the need for inbound inspection) to the shenanigans of two middle managers who circumvent a security program that the TSA would envy to divert truckloads of high-tech equipment into so-called "alternative channels."
please don't squeeze the paper
They may look indestructible, but jumbo rolls of paper are highly vulnerable to damage—even from equipment expressly designed to handle them. How one DC perfected the art of damage-free paper handling.
gentlemen, stop your engines
The days when heavy trucks idle away the evening at truck stops and freight yards may be numbered. States and municipalities are cracking down on the practice, and DCs may be forced to follow suit.
giving voice to the DC
The conventional thinking is that voice systems are mostly suitable for picking operations. Southeast Frozen Foods begs to differ.

Byways: fuel for thought about supply chains
One of the ironies of modern supply chain management is that the rush to global sourcing boosts demand for energy even as world petroleum output may be peaking.
Big Picture: your vote counts
As business owners and executives, logistics professionals need to be involved in the political process.
Fastlane: finally!
In a ruling many shippers have awaited for over a quarter of a century, the Surface Transportation Board terminated its approval of the agreements among 11 motor carrier bureaus to collectively determine and set truck rates.
Special Handling: our employees: what do we want?
The employee hiring process can be a political minefield. And now we're confronted with a whole new issue—who's legal and who's not.
Labor Pool: the price of talent
Human resources management is more art than science, but there are some ways to "quantify" a job applicant's potential value to the company.
Outbound: have you got the guts?
Many of us have become hopelessly addicted to the technology that we've welcomed into our lives. Can we kick the habit?
Rfidwatch: retailers will innovate with RFID
In the retail world of the future, the race will go to the swiftest—those who get to the marketplace first with the latest and greatest innovations.
eyes on the road
Its plan to recruit plumbers, utility workers, and cable technicians as informants went down in flames, but the government's Highway Watch program for truck drivers has been a runaway success.
security now top IT concern
What technology will have the biggest impact on business in the next 12 months? Nope, it's not RFID.
united they stand
They may not see eye to eye on everything, but NASSTRAC and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) are united in their opposition to highway privatization.
no heavy lifting required
Curious about how different kinds of automated storage and retrieval systems would affect your DC's operations? Getting some answers may be easier than you think.
preserving the history of the "box"
If you have an old photo of the Ideal-X lying around, the organizers of the McLean Container Center would like to hear from you.
warehousing continues to defy odds
Seems that those late '90s reports of warehousing's imminent demise were greatly exaggerated.
MHIA staff on the move
The Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has announced several staff changes, effective this month: Gary Forger, a seasoned publishing professional best known for his tenure at <i>Modern Materials Handling</i> magazine, joins the staff as senior vice president of professional development.
higher costs squeeze U.S. shippers—again
The nation's shippers simply couldn't catch a break last year&#8212;at least not the ones who were trying to hold the line on costs.
clean air plans draw yeas and nays
Everyone wants to reduce pollution, but not everyone agrees on how to go about it.
North American RFID providers go global
North American providers of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology played starring roles in three major international projects announced last month.

Continuing Education

hail to the master's program!
Not to be outdone by Big 10 rival Michigan State, the University of Michigan will soon offer a master of supply chain management program.
spreading the gospel of Lean
No matter how successful a company may be at eliminating waste in its own organization, it still needs to get its supply chain partners on board before it can complete its Lean journey.
a big head start
For executives interested in getting started with benchmarking, the upcoming "Benchmark Now!" seminar offers a rare chance to both learn the basics and get a jump on their own projects.
reports from the front lines
Students who enroll in Northeastern University's supply chain management graduate certificate program can expect to participate in more than the standard classroom discussions, individual research projects, and case studies.
connecting the costs and benefits
A course presented by Georgia Tech next month, "Logistics Performance, Cost, and Value Measures," seeks to address that void by defining a full logistics performance measurement program and showing how a logistics performance gap analysis can be used to justify new initiatives.
the fundamental thing is this …
It's not hard to find specialized instructional programs on specific aspects of supply chain management, but sessions that cover the gamut&#8212;from activity-based costing to picking zones&#8212;can be downright difficult to find.