Table of Contents: December 2007

in a (software) class by itself?
Analysts may be divided on how to classify the newest supply chain applications. But no one denies that sales of event and performance management software are about to explode.
Conair gets a makeover
Conair may be the nation's leading supplier of personal care and beauty products. But just a short time ago, the company's own DCs were in dire need of a makeover.
don't weight up
The advent of "dim weight" rules in the ground transportation business has changed the economics of parcel shipping. But high-speed cubing equipment can keep shippers from making costly mistakes.
forever green
From its recycled coal-ash sub-base to its light-reflecting roof, JohnsonDiversey's new facility just might be North America's greenest DC.
pre-emptive strike
No one wants to think about the possibility of a product recall. But those in the know say the key to surviving the crisis is to put a recall management plan in place before the worst happens.
just a matter of time: interview with George Stalk
While everyone else was debating the relative merits of quality and cost, consultant George Stalk was the first to suggest that, as a source of competitive advantage, nothing trumps time.

Voices
Basic Training: global supply chains are here to stay
The phenomenon of globalization is affecting many dimensions of supply chain planning and operations.
Byways: a few reflections at five
In the five years since we launched DC VELOCITY, we've seen rapid change in transportation, technology, trade, and sourcing.
Big Picture: clearing some thoughts
As 2007 draws to a close, it's time to clear the notes from the past year out of the desk drawer and concentrate on 2008. So here goes.
Fastlane: my annual letter to Santa
We need you to dispatch some of your senior elves to major logistics centers around the country to set up workforce development programs.
Special Handling: the good news about globalization
A lot of Americans blame cheap foreign labor for the perceived decline in our nation's industrial employment base, but there are two things wrong with that picture.
Outbound: a seed was planted in 1992
The gospel of speed was proving a tough one to spread in an America still in thrall to Quality.
Rfidwatch: hotels go high-tech
Imagine being able to skip the check-in process the next time you stay at a hotel.
Security Brief: secret services
Undercover investigations can be an effective way to get at the source of problems in logistics operations, but certain mistakes must be avoided.
Inbound
masters before disasters
When the going gets tough, the tough get going … but the smart are ready long before things turn bad.
paragons of the profession
The advancement of the supply chain profession is Job One at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
big boxes get even bigger
All you importers out there who are wondering how you're going to bring more shipments into the country through an already overtaxed transportation system, listen up: APL thinks it has a solution.
baby, you can drive my … truck
Our staff had some fun recently choosing a gift for a co-worker's new baby.
ode to a bill of lading
"Nothing in my 43 years of working in transportation has been more important than the bill of lading.
Newsworthy
shippers, carriers offer pollution solution: plan would address air quality at California ports
It's not unusual for shippers and carriers to oppose laws and regulations they believe will be harmful to their businesses.
IWLA launches C-TPAT-based program for 3PLs
Third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) may not be eligible to participate in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), but they now can take part in a comparable program.
3PL survey reveals threats, opportunities
Executives at third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) agree that international expansion is the biggest opportunity within their marketplace, but they worry that a talent shortage might prevent them from expanding as rapidly as they'd like.
help wanted: logistics businesses prepare for projected labor shortage
If you're a speed reader, a half dozen or so people in the United States will have turned 61 by the time you finish reading this story.

Continuing Education

do the math
Unless you're new to the field, you've undoubtedly heard more than one supply chain presentation about the importance of managing the flow of goods, information, and cash.
Web-based lessons for purchasing pros
In the age of the Web, education is often as close as your keyboard.
Michigan State program hits year 40
Some of the early graduates of Michigan State University's Logistics in Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar may be wrapping up their careers soon.
making it all work together
You've heard it before: Collaboration, relationships, and compatible cultures are the foundation of successful supply chain management.