Sept. 2, 2010

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WERCouncil events
Check out local events in Columbus,Ohio; North Carolina; New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; Cincinnati, Ohio; Northern Calif., Atlanta and the annual North Texas WERCcouncil Warehousing Resource Convention on September 23 at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. More

Law firm, investment bank join in consultancy for mid-market manufacturers
Griffin MFG Consulting LLC is the name of a new business consultancy formed by Stevens & Lee and Griffin Holdings Group. The new entity is providing assistance on process improvement, throughput analysis and Lean techniques for mid-market manufacturers. Offering a flexible pricing model, it will incorporate best practices from a broad array of industries, including healthcare, technology and life sciences.More

Are tolls answer to road funding woes?
DC Velocity
Experience tells us that no matter how dark the storm clouds, the sun always breaks through in the end. And when it does, one of the first indications will be an uptick in traffic on the nation's highways. As the economy gathers strength, there will be more freight to move. The more freight there is to move, the more trucks on the road. However, our highways are at or beyond capacity, the roads and bridges are crumbling, and things will only get worse as freight volumes rise.More

Do your suppliers put their interests above yours?
Today's supply chains are global, elongated and enormously complex. Of course, that also means they're riskier and more unpredictable than ever before. How can supply chain managers maintain integrity, stability and clarity in what can easily become a nasty hornet's nest? And now that many suppliers feel far-removed from their customers, how can you mitigate the risk of irresponsible suppliers — you know, the ones that put their own interests above yours?More

Verizon report: Most data breaches avoidable
Here's a remarkable statistic: Among the more than 900 electronic records breaches that Verizon Business experts investigated last year, a whopping 96 percent could have been avoided if security basics had been followed. That's right. Nearly all of these breaches could have been avoided — only 4 percent of the breaches analyzed required difficult and expensive protective measures. In addition, most victimized organizations had evidence of a breach in their security logs, but overlooked these red flags due to a lack of staff, tools or processes.More

Demand for air cargo still strong, though slowing
Logistics Today
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported international scheduled traffic statistics for July which showed continued strengthening of demand for both passenger and cargo traffic. Compared to July 2009, international passenger demand was up 9.2 percent while international scheduled freight traffic showed a 22.7 percent improvement. The apparent slowdown was due to the fact that by July 2009 traffic was already starting to recover.More

Wire decking industry fights Chinese imports
Material Handling Management
In June 2010, the Commerce Department determined that wire decking from China was both dumped and subsidized. Despite Commerce's findings of unfair trade practices, the International Trade Commission, in a split 4 to 2 vote, found that these imports were not causing injury to the domestic industry. As a result, no orders to offset the unfair trading practices were imposed.More

Unemployment and the manufacturing economy
Modern Material Handling
There is an opportunity for the materials handling industry in this recession, but only if we develop the right skills for our customers. Our customers are looking to us to deliver innovative solutions that can give them an edge in a global economy. We need to develop the talent that can create those solutions, and bring along the talent with the combination of skills to make the most of them once they are in place.More

Elettric 80's focus on the end of the line
Modern Material Handling
The end of the line is usually thought of as a bad thing. At Elettric 80 Inc., the U.S. arm of the Italian materials handling solution provider, it's the focus of new materials handling solutions. One of the most important trends these days in the materials handling industry is the move from products to solutions. Today, warehouse managers and systems integrators have moved from a focus on the product to a focus on the solution.More

RFID hardware supply struggles to meet demand
RFID Journal
Due to an increase in RFID deployments across numerous sectors, following a recession that forced many reader, component and chip manufacturers to reduce production in 2009, integrators and end users are now finding readers, printers and tags harder to come by. In fact, interrogators that typically took four to five weeks to obtain in the past now require twice that amount of time — or as much as 14 weeks after being ordered.More

California law seeks to avert privacy intrusions related to RFID toll tags
RFID Journal
California has been issuing RFID transponders for electronic toll collection since 1993, when the San Joaquin Hills and Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agencies, which manage Orange County's 67-mile public toll-road system, deployed the technology on the Foothills Toll Road. Currently, more than 2 million drivers across the state carry FasTrak transponders in their vehicles, in order to bypass long lines at tollbooths. More

How to do well and do good
MIT Sloan Management Review
Can companies do well by doing good? That question is asked frequently, but beware of false choices when considering it. In business, there is not a strict dichotomy between doing well and doing good — it is not an either-or proposition. Instead, social good and profitability are among the criteria by which companies make choices. In reality, any company is better off creating both bottom-line and societal benefits — and creating synergies between them.More

What is a smarter supply chain?
Supply Chain Digest
If you've paid much attention lately, the topic of "smart supply chains" is currently in vogue. But what is a smart supply chain, exactly? And are you trying to build one at your company? The idea of smart or intelligent supply chains has been around for some time — more on that in just a bit. However, part of the recent reanimated discussion about smart supply chains has come from the efforts of IBM, which has made "smarter" supply chains one of its key marketing messages.More

Logistics news: You may need a new WMS if...
Supply Chain Digest
As companies expand, especially midsize companies that are growing at very high rates, order fulfillment can quickly become an issue. While logistics costs are usually rising faster than sales for companies in this situation, as distribution processes become increasingly inefficient, the even more critical issue is often customer service. High growth companies reach a point where they can no longer fulfill orders predictably without a new infusion of technology in the DC.More