Table of Contents: January 2008

2008 economic outlook: "a lot of risks out there"
DC VELOCITY readers who responded to a survey asking about their outlook for the next 12 months are of two minds. While one-third are pessimistic and 29 percent are unsure about what the future holds, 38 percent say they're optimistic about the coming year.
ahead of the curve: interview with Joe Andraski
In his first career, he helped develop groundbreaking supply chain practices for the U.S. grocery business. Now, Joe Andraski is doing the same for industries the world over.
Down Under ware
Carousels, flow racks, and sophisticated pick-to-light and put-to-light systems make Bendon's new DC almost as sexy as the lingerie it handles.
one big RFID family
At the time of their merger, Gillette and P&G were pursuing radically different RFID strategies. What were the chances that they could agree on a cohesive, unified program and do it in a matter of months?
the race isn't over …
When it comes to handicapping the supply chain software race, WMS still looks like a shoo-in. But a couple of dark horse challengers are coming up from behind.
friendly persuasion
Want to make sure overseas suppliers do the right thing? Then don't command—collaborate.
a firm hand on the wheel
With decision-making spread across multiple locations and many employees, Dayton Superior had little control over its transportation spending. Bringing discipline to its transportation management process helped the company cut costs and create a more efficient system.
The end of cheap oil: Are you ready?
Supply chain managers must take action today to prepare for the end of the Oil Age tomorrow.

Voices
Byways: it's not called the dismal science for nothing
While economists fret that the U.S. economy may be sliding into a bit of a trough or worse, they do see one bright point in the rise in exports, created in large part by the weakness of the dollar.
Big Picture: DCs and the bottom line
More than ever, C-level execs are noticing the financial gains that can accrue to the bottom line when a distribution center runs smoothly and efficiently.
Fastlane: wanted: relationship managers
Although it's easy blame the logistics service provider for the breakdown of an outsourcing arrangement, most of the relationship difficulties I've observed result from poor governance on the client's part.
Special Handling: how productive are we?
When it comes to gauging industrial performance, a good indicator is— improbably enough—the per capita consumption of machine tools.
Labor Pool: show and tell: strategies for presenting training material
The way you choose to present a training program could have a lot of bearing on how much of the material your audience absorbs and retains.
Outbound: it's not just about the money
A recent report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu suggests that corporate leaders don't have a very firm grasp of the non-financial indicators of their companies' well-being.
Rfidwatch: lettuce, tomatoes, and RFID
In the not-so-distant future, RFID and sensor technology could revolutionize the produce supply chain, making it possible for, say, a bag of lettuce to emit a signal if it becomes contaminated during its journey.
Inbound
with or without nuts?
Mention alternative fuels to most people, and they think of ethanol-spiked biodiesel and perhaps cooking oil … unless, that is, they're Andy Pag and John Grimshaw.
RFID fun in the sun
While we're on the topic of renewable energy in remote locations, Lockheed Martin's Savi Technology unit is getting into the act with solar-powered RFID readers and hardware.
troubled waters
Unfortunately for ocean carriers (and their customers), cocoa butter and solar power aren't viable options for fueling container ships.
10 things to think about
"Top 10" lists have become ubiquitous since comedian David Letterman made them a fixture of late-night TV.
maybe it's not all about the Benjamins
Driver retention is a headache the trucking industry just can't seem to shake.
AS/RS for the masses
Apparently, automated storage and retrieval systems aren't just for warehouses anymore.
Newsworthy
2008 economic outlook: "a lot of risks out there"
DC VELOCITY readers who responded to a survey asking about their outlook for the next 12 months are of two minds. While one-third are pessimistic and 29 percent are unsure about what the future holds, 38 percent say they're optimistic about the coming year.
Tesco's "green DC" plan hits snag
Even a distribution center that's about as green as they come can get tripped up by environmental regulations.
UPS exec makes case for user fees
If it wasn't a call to arms, it was certainly a call for spending.

Continuing Education

WERC hits the road
If you can't get to WERC, don't despair.
getting holistic
It's often said that supply chain success depends on the ability to take a step back and view the big picture now and then.