Table of Contents: February 2008

the green team
Employees from throughout the worldwide HP organization have joined an aggressive sustainability program that aims to help save the planet while saving the company millions of dollars.
technology takes the road to Rio
Though Latin America is still playing catch-up when it comes to supply chain technology, it will progress quickly over the next few years—if vendors can avoid some potential roadblocks.
fine wine, on time
Thanks to a new Manhattan-area DC that helps it meet its customers' delivery requirements, Winebow is now the toast of the town.
getting a lift from hydrogen
It's not just hot air. Lift trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells are proving themselves over and over in DCs across the continent.
the world in one neat package
By expanding the international services they offer, parcel carriers are helping more shippers plunge into the global marketplace.
a recipe for inventory control
Baldwin Richardson Foods had both the computer capabilities and the processes needed to attain near-perfect inventory visibility. But one essential ingredient was missing.
making things go better for Coke: interview with Mark Lynch
A hunger for new markets has driven the Coca-Cola Co. to the remotest corners of the planet. Now it's Mark Lynch's job to fine-tune the company's global distribution network.

Voices
Basic Training: green eyeshades and balance sheets
What are the financial ramifications of supply chain performance?
Byways: you don't have to save the world to make a difference
Many companies have learned that reducing waste, curbing energy usage, and incorporating environmental considerations into their facilities and operations planning is not only good corporate citizenship, but also good business.
Big Picture: this could have been Ugg-ly
I got a first-hand look at the retail industry's struggles with supply chain visibility this past Christmas season.
Fastlane: who's fueling who?
A check of some annual reports and press releases to see what motor carriers themselves had to say about their surcharge programs produces some curious results.
Special Handling: UAW no longer in the driver's seat
What happened last September in the union world of Detroit is liable to have a significant impact on the U.S. economy as a whole.
Outbound: made in America (once again)
A growing number of foreign-based global corporations are moving toward expanding their U.S. manufacturing presence.
Rfidwatch: Johnny, don't forget your lunch … or your RFID tags
AT&T recently rolled out RFID-based products and services that will allow schools to track assets, students, visitors, and staff, a move that will surely draw fire from privacy advocates.
Inbound
makeover at Maersk
After bulking up through a string of acquisitions, the world's largest ocean carrier is now looking to slim down.
the warehouse as muse
In recent profiles published in The Boston Globe, a local poet and a radio talk-show host both cited warehouses as influences on their careers.
Singapore keeps its crown
Singapore appears to have again won the three-way race for the title of World's Busiest Container Port.
ship lines spread the good word
A consortium of container shipping lines hopes to educate consumers, business leaders, and journalists around the world about the importance of container shipping in their daily lives.
DHL's drugstore deal
Under a new agreement with Walgreens, DHL will set up retail outlets in the drugstore chain's stores across the United States.
Newsworthy
planes, trains, automobiles … and technology: DOT seeks technology solution to highway congestion
The Research and Innovative Technology Administration, a branch of the DOT, has issued a request to private industry, research organizations, and state and local governments for information about commercially available applications that can fight congestion and improve the United States' transportation system.
rebellion brewing against Customs' proposed "10+2" rule
Importers, customs brokers, and other international traders have expressed concerns about the rule, which was mandated by the SAFE Port Act of 2006.
parcel rates on the rise? Try these five cost-cutting tips
Shippers can try to hold down parcel shipping costs through rate negotiations, of course, but there are other ways to attack rising prices, according to a supply chain management consulting firm.
DCV straw poll results: it's still the economy, stupid
Logistics professionals appear to be divided about who should lead our country for the next four years. But one thing is certain—they will strongly consider the state of the U.S. economy when casting their votes in November's presidential election.

Continuing Education

expand your supply chain's reach
The 2008 Global Supply Chain Management Program will focus on two critically important subjects: integrated supply chains and global operations.
push the envelope
Next month, two courses from WERC will challenge attendees to shake off their complacency and ask themselves "Just how much better can we get?"
the dismal supply chain
Supply chain managers may be able to surmount obstacles like tight margins and intense competition by embracing the tools and metrics of the "dismal science."