WERCWatch
March 18, 2010

Conference 2010 highlights

WERC is pleased to welcome Peter Gibbons, executive vice president of global supply chain operations for Starbucks Coffee Company, to present "Starbucks Coffee Company: A Look Inside the Supply Chain Transformation Journey." You'll want to attend the morning session on May 18.
Check out upcoming WERCouncil events: Chicagoland, NY/NJ/CT, Indianapolis and Northern California.More

How to enhance your supply chain visibility
Logistics Today
In today's economic environment, where the need to reduce supply chain execution costs and free up working capital is greater than ever, a solution that can promise a reduction in excess inventory is the answer just about every company wants. Even for the most sophisticated supply chain organizations, achieving adequate levels of visibility in the supply chain is an ongoing challenge.More

Monthly wholesale revenues up in January
Modern Distribution Management
January 2010 wholesale revenues were $346.7 billion, up 1.3 percent from the revised December level and up 10.5 percent from the January 2009 level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The December preliminary estimate was revised upward $1.3 billion or 0.4 percent.More

Reverse Logistics: The right service provider mirrors your sustainability efforts
SupplyChainBrain
The "triple bottom line," a phrase coined by John Elkington in 1989, has become a guiding principle for corporate strategists of the 21st century. Although the term may not be a familiar one, the underlying elements certainly are. This means companies are striving to achieve success through financial means, environmental/green/sustainability efforts and social channels.More

What's holding your company back: The dangers of dogged loyalty
Chief Executive
Why is it so hard for companies to do something truly new? After all, companies innovate all the time. They innovate products. They innovate marketing efforts. They innovate processes to increase efficiency. Through these efforts, companies innovate and improve their existing business model in incremental ways, streamlining and increasing its efficiency, tweaking the profit formula, bringing new key resources to the table, and changing and refining individual processes.More

Retail container traffic could be up 13 percent in March
Logistics Today
Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be up 13 percent in March 2010 compared with the same month a year ago, and double-digit increases are expected to continue through the summer as the U.S. economy begins to improve, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.More

Truckers chafe at alternative fuel mandates
DC Velocity
If market potential were a yardstick for commercial success, then alternative fuels like biodiesel and natural gas would be a sure-fire winner. After all, who could argue with energy sources that can be indigenously made from readily available materials, and, depending on the fuel, could be less expensive than the traditional diesel fuel that powers the nation's heavy-duty trucks? Well, for one, the trucking industry might raise an objection.More

FedEx ally blocks aviation measure in fight with UPS
BusinessWeek
Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who represents FedEx Corp.'s home state of Tennessee, said he will block legislation funding the Federal Aviation Administration because a provision may be added later making it easier for workers at the company to join unions. Corker's action extends a years-long fight in Washington between the mostly non-union FedEx and its unionized rival United Parcel Service Inc. over how workers at both companies should be treated under U.S. labor laws.More

Sens. Kerry, Graham and Lieberman seek to craft new compromise climate bill that businesses will find favorable
The Green Supply Chain
Word from Washington, D.C., is that Democratic Sen. John Kerry, Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham are working on a compromise climate bill that they hope can be less controversial than the cap and trade bill passed in the House last summer and that can gain more support from business. Whether some form of carbon emissions regulation and/or cost is created as law is one of the most important issues facing supply chain professionals and their businesses.More

Top 10 logistics challenges for 2010 (and beyond)
DC Velocity
Economists are in broad agreement that a recovery is under way, but that's not to say our troubles are over. In fact, it's likely the logistics/supply chain community will continue to experience difficulties throughout the year. What are the biggest concerns? With apologies to David Letterman, I have developed a "Top 10" list of issues that bear watching in 2010. In no particular order, they are as follows.More

6 industries in search of survival
strategy+business
Each year Booz & Company's industry teams write perspectives for their clients, reflecting on the previous year and considering what may come in the year ahead -- and how to respond to it. Not surprisingly, the perspectives for 2010 (12 in all) were dominated by gloomy pronouncements of the damage left by the global recession. But in addition to the long shadow cast by the economic crisis, this year's industry outlooks also contain a collective note of warning that deserves even more attention: A handful of underlying structural changes are having a more irrevocable, dislocating effect on virtually every industry than the financial meltdown ever could.More

Sourcing & Procurement: The role of weather and climate change in commodity hedging strategies
SupplyChainBrain
For many companies, understanding and effectively hedging commodity prices make the difference between profit and loss -- or in extreme cases the firm's very survival. Many interdependent factors affect commodity prices: among them are demand/business cycle, supply constraints, regulation/political factors, speculation/investment market factors and exchange rates. I have long touted the advantages of a multi-discipline hedging strategy team with expertise in sourcing and commodity management, engineering, treasury, product management and economic analysis. Now you should add weather and climate change to that list.More

RFID tracks shipment of entire gold-processing plant
RFID Journal
Freight and logistics firm Townley Group International has employed radio frequency identification to track the components of an entire gold-processing plant, as it was transported from Australia to Argentina. Troy Resources, a gold producer based in Perth, commissioned Townley Group to transfer the gold factory from its original location in Cobar, New South Wales, to a new site located near San Juan, Argentina.More