Table of Contents: November 2007

locking out thieves
Halo 3 hit the market last month amid great fanfare—and tight security. But an emerging RFID-based technology might make security hassles a thing of the past.
can a supply chain promote peace?
The military command in Iraq hopes that U.S. purchasing power can help rebuild Iraqi business and employment, thereby promoting peace. That may mean accepting a less-than-optimal supply chain, but military leaders insist it's worth the risk.
the search is on for alternative fuels
Imported oil and its attendant risks. Greenhouse gases and global warming. An economy dependent on a vibrant freight transportation system. Add those up and the result is a growing imperative to find alternatives to traditional fuels.
is RFID ready to jump into the pool?
With its unmatched track-and-trace capabilities, RFID would seem a natural for use in pallet pools. So why is it taking so long to catch on?
timely deliveries? priceless
In response to customer demands, motor carriers are coming out with time-definite services that are designed to be fast, flexible, pinpoint accurate, … and absolutely invaluable to shippers.
campus crusader: interview with J. Paul Dittmann
After 32 years in private industry, J. Paul Dittmann made the leap to academia. Now the former supply chain executive is working to strengthen the bonds between the two worlds.

Basic Training: a lean, mean supply chain machine
In recent years, the gospel of lean has spread beyond the production line to broader applications.
Byways: beyond the melting pot
When a group of material handling equipment suppliers, end users, academics, and consultants met this summer to identify the industry's biggest challenges, staffing issues emerged as the top concern.
Big Picture: RFID legislation can be senseless
The forcible implantation of RFID chips in humans just isn't going to happen, and that's what makes some pending RFID legislation so mind boggling.
Fastlane: get over it!
In my June column, I wrote about the continuing effort by Congress and special interest groups to keep Mexican trucks off U.S. roads. Ordinarily, I wouldn't revisit a subject a few months later, but since Congress has chosen to do so, I will too.
Special Handling: don't forget the boots on the ground
We rely on mechanical and technological solutions for nearly all of our problems. Or at least we do until we notice that things aren't going according to plan.
Labor Pool: setting up a training program
What follows are some of the questions you'll need to consider when setting up a training session.
Outbound: thank you all
This year, once again, we'd like to acknowledge the folks in our profession who lend their time and talents to making the world a better place.
Rfidwatch: RFID's signal getting stronger
What lies ahead for RFID technology? According to some of the visionaries who spoke at the September RFID World conference in Boston, all signs point to a bright future.
yo ho ho and a 40-foot container
You may think that piracy on the high seas is strictly the stuff of movies, museum exhibits, and tales of long-ago times.
and another one bites the dust …
The exodus of managers from the Department of Homeland Security over the last two years has concerned shippers, carriers, and other transportation stakeholders.
driver turnover: hope springs eternal
Even the slightest sign that the trucking industry's revolving door might be slowing is welcome news for shippers and carriers.
green is the color of my true love's … truck
Green has become a very popular color among transportation, logistics, and distribution companies.
call in the fraud squad
Four out of five companies worldwide have been victims of fraud in the past three years.
the next small thing
You don't have to be big to be successful&#8212;as AGiLE Business Media LLC, <i>DC VELOCITY</i>'s parent company, can attest.
U.K. takes lead in race to go green
The grass (or at least the supply chain) may in fact be greener on the other side of the pond.
clear vision offers a clear advantage
They say that on a clear day, you can see forever.
it pays to be safe—and it might even lower your taxes
It goes without saying that it pays to be safe.

Continuing Education

the perfect match
A big part of any supply chain professional's job is making sure that supply matches up as closely as possible with demand.
stop, collaborate, and listen
Learning about Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR) just got easier.
train the trainer
Staying on top of today's fast-changing import/export regulations and documentation requirements can be challenge enough.
pick up your pace
A way to further your material handling education is now at your fingertips, thanks to a series of selfpaced e-lessons offered by the Material Handling Institute and the Material Handling Industry of America.