May 6, 2010


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FDA urges more diligence to prevent cargo theft
Logistics Today
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to companies and other key stakeholders detailing the agency's concern over cargo and warehouse thefts of FDA-regulated products. The products stolen include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, medical devices and infant formula. In its letter, the FDA seeks to accomplish the following.More

Carrier sets 'green' standards for shipment packaging
Healthcare Packaging
Damage prevention, "right-sizing" and materials form the focus of the Eco Responsible Packaging Program from UPS. During an April 27 tour of the UPS Package Design and Testing Lab in Addison, Ill., package lab manager Quint Marini showed Healthcare Packaging a variety of testing equipment used to test package materials used by customers primarily for small-parcel truck shipments.More

Consumer Product Safety Commission, Customs and Border Protection tighten import safety collaboration
American Shipper
Coordinated targeting of unsafe imports went into full swing April 26 with the signing of an agreement giving Consumer Product Safety Commission personnel full access to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial System. The memorandum of understanding gives CPSC the ability to conduct import risk safety assessments and select high-risk shipments for inspections with the help of a computer program that sifts through data by comparing it to predetermined safety criteria.More

Product quality is 2010's most important supply chain initiative
Logistics Today
Product quality is the most important supply chain initiative for manufacturers and retailers in 2010, according to a recent survey conducted by analyst firm IDC. The survey results reflect the growing number of recalls in categories such as automotive, toys, and grocery and increasing pressure on brands from retail private label.More

Making marketing supply chains more efficient, agile, eco-friendly
NVISION via SupplyChainBrain
NVISION, the Marketing Supply Chain Group of North American Corporation, along with The Chief Marketing Officer Council, has written an exclusive best practices "Marketing Supply Chain Effectiveness" audit. Titled "Define Where to Streamline," it provides a comprehensive assessment of how well marketers are managing, controlling and introducing sustainability practices across increasingly complex global supply chains.More

Survey: Signs are hopeful for US industrial sector
ThomasNet via SupplyChainBrain
The economic recovery for the U.S. industrial sector is outpacing the national economy, according to results from ThomasNet's second Industry Market Barometer. Of the 1,176 industrial professionals responding to the Barometer survey, 27 percent report that their businesses grew during the second half of 2009 -- that's up from the 17 percent that reported growth during the first half-year.More

What are the barriers to strategic risk management?
Even though the global financial crisis and ever-expanding supplier networks have intensified the spotlight on risk, companies still are struggling to define "risk management" and overcome barriers to its adoption. For example, more than half of the risk management, finance and C-level executives participating in a new survey from Marsh Inc. and the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. rated enhancing strategic risk management as their primary focus area in 2010.More

Hydrogen vehicles: Fuel of the future?
Nature News
"The first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen and pollution-free," declared former President George W. Bush in 2003, as he announced a $1.2 billion hydrogen-fuel initiative to develop commercial fuel-cell vehicles by 2020. The idea was appealing. Ties to foreign oil fields would be severed, and nothing but water vapor would emerge from such a vehicle's exhaust pipe.More

As cattle rustling increases, so does the need for RFID
To most people, cattle rustling is a crime that happens only in old movies. But to cattlemen and ranchers in the United States, it always has been part of real life. With an enduring economic recession and cattle going for about $1,000 a head, rustling has experienced a renaissance. From Arkansas to Missouri to Oklahoma to Oregon, rustling is on the increase and the criminals involved are rarely caught. Brands can be manipulated, and back roads are poorly patrolled by law enforcement. One possible deterrent is tagging.More

New report shows 3PLs are optimistic, looking for growth in North America
This year, the annual 3PL Market Report North America from eyefortransport focuses on the core issues supply chain and logistics companies are facing as they emerge from the global recession -- and as you might expect the results are somewhat of a mixed bag, revealing a healthy dose of cautious optimism. For instance, when asked how they think worldwide economic conditions will affect their companies' financial performance in the next 12 months, 36 percent of 3PLs, 47 percent of manufacturers/retailers, and 23 percent of solution providers said that growth will be slower than predicted. More