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2010: More Supply Chain Cost Focus, or Will Companies Get More Strategic with Supply Chain Goals?
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2010 promises to be perhaps the most challenging year ever in terms of supply chain planning and forecasting. Play it highly conservative, and if the economy strongly rebounds, as some predict, a company could not only lose revenue and profits, but possibly some market share on a permanent basis. Play it too aggressive, and if we instead experience weak economic growth, it could have a devastating impact on cash flow and the bottom line -- and possibly send a company back towards the abyss if we see a double dip recession. The overall supply chain theme of 2009 has been massive cost cutting, a result consistent with the toughest year economically seen since the great depression. So, how are companies thinking about 2010 supply chain plans and investments? More

100 Percent Cargo Inspection: A Means to What End?
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Inspecting 100 percent of all ocean cargo for "weapons of mass destruction" or other contraband sounds reasonable, unless you have worked in manufacturing and understand that the need for inspections is a symptom of poorly designed and controlled processes. The call to inspect all inbound ocean containers began shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the requirement was included in the 9/11 Act passed by Congress in 2007. The bill sets a deadline of July 1, 2012 for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to implement 100 percent inspection of all inbound cargo containers. Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report underscoring its previous findings: it is highly unlikely that CPB will meet the July 2012 deadline. More

If Scrooge Can Change, So Can Supply Chains
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Ebenezer Scrooge had three spirits to worry about. Supply chain executives can do better than that: they are haunted by at least five major nightmares, from visibility to cost containment. And while the list won't come as a surprise to anyone who is struggling to maintain a reliable flow of product during both a literal and figurative winter, it does offer some possible strategies for surviving until the spring thaw. More

Supply Chain Cash Flow Breaks with Historic Holiday Norms
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Measuring payment activities of approximately 350,000 businesses, the November Supply Chain Index report from Cortera indicated the speeding of payments and related cash flow throughout the overall supply chain, a condition that typically occurs in the months following a holiday shopping season. The unusual occurrence likely supports reports of retailers and suppliers reducing inventories this holiday season with little expectation of replenishing goods once those inventories are exhausted. More

Happy 25th Birthday DCA!!
Team DCA -- the Distribution Centers of America (DCA) celebrates 25 years of regional service excellence throughout its national network of distribution/warehouse companies.

DCA members comprise more than 20 million square feet of warehouse space. Individually owned and operated, each member of TeamDCA is a leader in its regional market, providing value-added warehousing and third party logistics services responsive to the needs of domestic and global companies. TeamDCA members are committed to customer success in that region. For more information, or to request a quote for service visit

NASSTRAC: The Case for the Uniformity of the United States' Transportation Law at the Port of Los Angeles
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If the Port of Los Angeles and various environmental groups get their way, the uniformity of the United States' transportation law will be jeopardized, and the main beneficiary will be the Teamsters Union. Federal preemption is the legal doctrine, based in the Commerce and Supremacy clauses of the U.S. Constitution, that prevents states from acting where Congress has decided that federal law or policy should be controlling. Without preemption, there are many issues as to which state law could conflict with or deviate from federal law, and there is an even greater likelihood that laws will differ from state to state. These conflicts can cause headaches for any business, but they are particularly troublesome for carriers and shippers doing business across the country. More

Lift Trucks: Give Your Community a Lift this Holiday Season
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With the holiday season upon us, Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. shares five ideas on how people in the materials handling industry can use equipment, especially forklifts, to share good tidings in your community. More

Lydall Transport is now CrossGlobe
For over 50 years CrossGlobe has provided fast, efficient, trusted transportation & warehousing services to producers of specialized products that need expert care and handling.

Pricing Turmoil Clouds Outlook for Less-than-truckload Market
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When does rate-cutting morph into throat-cutting? That may be a reasonable question for trucking executives to ponder as they start 2010. That is, if they aren't too busy beating each other up over pricing to think through the consequences of their actions. As a grinding freight recession ended its third year, the rate environment for truckload and, in particular, less-than-truckload services, continued to weaken. Pricing trends in both categories deteriorated considerably in the third quarter from the first half of 2009, according to data culled from company reports and compiled by investment banker JPMorgan Chase. Industry veterans have rarely seen anything like it. More

Trucking is at a Transformational Moment
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How can the trucking industry continue to move 83 percent of the United States' freight as measured by revenue, and 70 percent of freight as measured by tonnage, while lessening its impact on the environment? More
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MHIA Predicts Growth in 2010
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After forecasting a further drop of five percent to ten percent in orders for material handling equipment in 2010, the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has revised its projections to reflect growth. At the association's annual meeting in October, Hal Vandiver, MHIA executive vice president, said recovery had begun for material handling equipment manufacturing, but growth would not follow until early 2011. MHIA now sees earlier potential for growth. More

Supply Chain Optimization to Take Center Stage in 2010
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Supply chain optimization will take center stage for many purchasing and supply chain executives going into the next year, according to the ISM December 2009 Semiannual Economic Forecast, which was released recently. In response to a question, 71 percent of respondents in manufacturing and 62 percent of non-manufacturing respondents plan to take new steps in 2010 to improve supply chain management practices. More
Vocollect, #1 in the Business of Voice
Vocollect, Inc. is the number one provider of voice solutions for mobile associates worldwide, helping customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice. Every day Vocollect enables over 250,000 associates worldwide to distribute more than $2 billion dollars worth of goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. Learn more
SI Systems -- The Order Fulfillment Expert™
SI Systems is a global leader in designing and implementing integrated systems for full and split case picking operations. Combined with our SINTHESIS™ suite of software modules that collectively comprise a complete warehouse control system (WCS), our customers can expect faster, more accurate and more consistent levels of productivity from their operations. More
Your System Integrator for Sorting of Books, Garments, Multi-Media, Post and more
DistriSort Inc offers a wide experience and excellent competence in complete sorting solutions for SINGLE items in products such as: Books, Garments, Music + Multimedia, Shoes, Small Parcels, Flyers, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics. Our control systems are developed in house (DistriSoft®) and control all aspects of the sorting system, including the sorter, scanners, induction belts, supply and dispatch conveyors and special machines. More
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