Table of Contents: July 2008

the rainmakers
For our 2008 Rainmakers, success is about more than fame and fortune. It's also about making contributions to the logistics field and advancing the profession.
surcharge survival strategies
As fuel prices soar, many shippers figure the only thing they can do about rising fuel surcharges is complain. They're wrong.
it's a long, hard road
Nearly everyone agrees that we have to do something about the nation's aging and inadequate surface transportation infrastructure. But the consensus ends there.
let's make a deal
Logistics and supply chain professionals have joined the college crowd on social networking sites. But they're not there to share photos or swap movie recommendations; they're looking to get advice, snag a job, or seal a deal.
relationships for supply chain success
Supply chain management by its very nature depends on relationships and connections. In this excerpt from their recent book, Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management: An Essential Guide for the 21st Century, the authors first describe some of the relationships that play an important role in achieving supply chain success. In the following section, they focus on consultants, looking at how they operate and when it makes sense to use them—or not.
the choice is voice
They operate in different countries, serve different markets, and faced different operating problems. Yet these four companies all found the answer in voice technology.
10 + 2 = big changes
Customs' proposed "10 + 2" rule would have a profound effect on importers' operations. Here's what to expect.
TI's FABulous supply chain
When changes in wafer fabrication added more links to Texas Instruments' supply chain, the semiconductor maker responded by streamlining its operations.

Voices
Basic Training: it all starts with strategy
While insisting on order might be obsessive-compulsive in a business sense, organized thinking lies somewhere between desirable and absolutely required.
Big Picture: roadblocks to reform
Truckers are willing to pay more in order to build a more efficient and productive surface transportation system, but the people who make the decisions on taxing and spending have a very different perspective.
Fastlane: a step backward?
For the past 28 years, the U.S. rail industry has operated with minimal regulatory oversight, but that may be about to change.
Special Handling: a far less dismal alternative
They call it the "dismal science" for good reason. These days, at least, the news from the economic front is unrelentingly grim.
Outbound: the patient is not well
We all realize that the world's supply of fossil fuels is finite and that we must wean ourselves off those fuels. But it will take time to kick the habit.
Inbound
now that's a power suit!
Warehouse workers may someday be able to get through a shift without breaking a sweat, if a real-life "Iron Man" suit under development for the U.S. Army becomes commercially available.
big ideas in Beijing
IBM may have located its new supply chain innovation center in Beijing, China, but the research facility's influence will extend well beyond Asia.
riskies business
Author Dan Gardner, president of Los Angeles-based Trade Facilitators Inc. and a former DHL Global Forwarding exec, is using the global trade angle to pitch his new novel to the logistics trade press.
pedal pushers
"Workbikes" with integrated cargo trailers that can carry loads of up to 1,000 pounds are gaining converts in eco-conscious cities like Boston, New York City, and Berkeley, Calif.
two of a kind
The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has announced a partnership with the AidMatrix Network that will enhance ALAN's disaster-response capabilities.
northern exposure
Ten years from now, the busy Asia-to-Europe trade lane could be in a completely different location than it is today.
Newsworthy
as fuel prices soar, truckers push conservation agenda
Although the trucking industry intends to do what it can to promote fuel economy and ease the situation, it's also looking for a little help from policy-makers.
economic earthquake reshapes LTL terrain
Energy, raw material, labor, and insurance costs are skyrocketing. Competition is cutthroat. Shippers demand more for less. And there's the ever-present specter of further government regulation. What's a less-than-truckload carrier to do?
a revamped DHL says it will keep on truckin'
At the end of May, DHL officials acknowledged that restructuring was necessary to stem "unacceptable losses," but dismissed speculation that Deutsche Post might pull out of the U.S. market.
equipment makers fight to hold the line on prices
Material handling equipment makers say they're struggling to hold the line on costs and, despite the odds, have largely succeeded.

Continuing Education

all in the family
The University of Tennessee has designed the Integrated Supply Chain Management Program to help managers take an integrated view of the supply chain.
secret sauce
An upcoming seminar offered by WERC will help attendees to make the most of all three of their basic resources: space, equipment, and labor.
getting down to the basics
If you're looking to expand your horizons beyond, say, logistics and distribution, enrolling in a comprehensive supply chain course might be the way to go.