Table of Contents: May 2008

working hard for the money
DC VELOCITY's annual salary survey reveals that logistics/supply chain professionals are logging marathon hours on the job. But are they treated right?
forward thinking about the aftermarket
Service-parts logistics can be a cash cow for the increasing number of companies that offer this service to their clients. Achieving flawless execution—often on just two hours' notice—is a challenge for both shipper and provider.
plug and play? No way!
Lots of vendors will tell you their material handling equipment is ready to "plug and play." But the reality is, there will still be a need for systems integrators for a long time to come.
in a whole new light
When its pick-to-light system kept breaking down, hair-care products manufacturer Goody knew it was time to update its equipment. A 2006 retrofit solved the problem while boosting productivity and accuracy.
earning its stripes
It's never easy going green, but it's especially challenging for apparel makers that outsource production to countries thousands of miles away. Here's what one apparel company, Adidas, is doing to make its supply chain more eco-friendly.
pushing the envelope: interview with Paul Vogel
From the pony express to its experiments with missile-based mail delivery, the USPS has never been shy about trying new ventures. Now it's making a play for a bigger share of the international business-mail market, and Paul Vogel's in charge.

Voices
Basic Training: making the DC safe and productive
You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain from implementing a sound ergonomics program in your warehouse or DC.
Byways: life in the slow lane
A very simple step could cut over-the-road fuel use by millions of gallons and carbon emissions by hundreds of millions of pound: Slow down.
Big Picture: supply chain 2010 ... are you ready?
How will companies drive down supply chain costs in the future while shipping exponentially more product?
Fastlane: global outsourcing's midlife crisis
Although the supply chain industry represents the very essence of the global economy, a surprising number of logistics service providers and their clients seem to be having difficulty defining a clear global outsourcing strategy.
Special Handling: a worldwide evolution
You don't read much about the logistics business in the newspaper, yet worldwide activity in DC construction and advances in logistics are transforming the global economy.
Labor Pool: let's get serious!
You may never be able to get buy-in from 100 percent of your staff, but there are some things you can do to make them more receptive to training.
Outbound: incoming mail!
He had to be kidding. That was my reaction to Paul Vogel's off-handed remark about the U.S. Postal Service's use of military missiles to deliver mail.
Rfidwatch: RFID: ready to roll
Advanced ID Corp. has received an order for 2 million RFID tags from Chinese tire producer Mesnac, which had previously tested the technology in tires for trucks, buses, and passenger vehicles.
Inbound
Port of LA goes Hollywood
The folks who brought us "Deadliest Catch," the surprise Discovery Channel hit about Alaskan crab fishing, have turned their creative eye to the Port of Los Angeles.
... and so does CSCMP
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has produced a couple of educational videos that bring the business of supply chain management to the small screen.
supply chain career on ice
A recent story in the Kalamazoo Gazette noted that Michigan State University hockey player Justin Abdelkader was majoring in supply chain management.
Friedmann's fearless forecast
Here are a few of Peter A. Friedmann's observations on what's happening in Washington, from his talk at the Northeast Trade and Transportation Conference.
burning the midnight oil—literally
Thanks to a Pennsylvania company called Clean Burn, burning oil can save companies money while they do their bit for the environment.
robot man
The average citizen will soon know a lot more about automated material handling machines, thanks to an article in the special robotics issue of Scientific American.
Newsworthy
truckers ask Bush for relief at the pumps
The ATA has urged President Bush to release oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an attempt to rein in crude oil prices before they further constrict the U.S. economy.
one DC we hope never gets busy: U.S. agency opens DC for supplies to fight bird flu outbreak
USAID has opened a regional distribution center in Thailand stocked with supplies to fight off a potential outbreak of avian influenza.
a new angle in warehouse design: Wisconsin DC tests "fishbone" aisle
What started out as a proposal in an academic paper on innovative warehouse layouts is getting its first live test in a Wisconsin distribution center.
MIT builds to SCALE: school announces worldwide supply chain research network
MIT's Center for Transportation and Logistics has joined forces with the Zaragoza Logistics Center in Zaragoza, Spain, and the Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation in Bogotá, Colombia.
sneak attack: CBP's quiet reinterpretation of duty rule could cost shippers a bundle
The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has published a notice of a proposed change in how it interprets a key regulation that could raise import duties by 8 to 15 percent for some importers.
on-demand Webcast to feature results of warehouse metrics study
The annual study on warehousing metrics featured in our April issue will also be featured as an on-demand Webcast starting on May 21.

Continuing Education

before you sign on the dotted line ...
Unraveling the complexities of motor-freight contracts is no task for the novice.
follow that Peep!
They all made it into Easter baskets this past March, but Marshmallow Peeps and Hershey's Kisses got there by very different routes—or at least by routes created via very different methods.
it's not easy being lean ...
According to the principles of lean management, excellence means never being quite satisfied.
can't wait to collaborate?
How do you translate your pie-in-the-sky strategic supply chain vision into a tactical plan that everyone can agree on? According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business, the answer lies in the effective use of decision tools and collaboration.