Border Security Panel Featured at Nov. 4 Homeland Security Leadership Conference in Michigan
from the Michigan Security Network
The Michigan Security Network Market Leadership Conference at the Dearborn Hyatt will allow logistics companies to meet decision makers and leadership from key federal agencies and hear presentations on the homeland security market. Border security technology, opportunities and processes will be discussed in one of the major panels. Keynote speakers for the event include Bruce Davidson, director of the Department of Homeland Security and Parney Albright, president of Civitas Group in Washington D.C. The full-day conference, Michigan’s largest of its kind, is $199. For more information or to register, please visit www.michigansecuritynetwork.com. Survey: Demand Improves for First Time in Five Quartersfrom Modern Distribution ManagementThe National Association for Business Economics has released its October 2009 Industry Survey, which indicates improved demand for the first time in five quarters. All panelists in the survey expect growth in 2010. Input costs and prices continue to go up; job losses are moderating; and capital spending is positive for the first time this year. Respondents indicated that credit is still tight, but less so than earlier in the year. More

Climate Change Legislation to Raise U.S. Fuel Tab by $3.6 trillion
from DC Velocity
A controversial provision of climate-change legislation currently moving through Congress will raise the cost of fuel for U.S. businesses and consumers by $3.6 trillion from 2015 to 2050, and raise diesel fuel prices by $1.4 trillion during that span, according to a report issued Oct. 21 by two Senate Republicans. The report, from Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Christopher S. (Kit) Bond, R-Mo., said the provision, known as "cap and trade," will increase the cost of motor fuels by 24 cents a gallon by 2020 and by 95 cents per gallon by 2050. The estimates were derived by multiplying the amount of fuel expected to be consumed during that time by the per-gallon increase in fuel prices projected by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which opposes the provision. More

Greener Package Unveils an Industry First -- "Anti-Greenwash" Guidelines
from Packaging World
Developed by Environmental Packaging Intl. (EPI), with input from Packaging Knowledge Group (PKG), the Greener Package Guidelines to Sustainability Claims will be used as a basis for the review of claims made by suppliers submitting their product data to the Greener Product Database. Says EPI CEO Victor Bell, whose consultancy, along with PKG, will be reviewing product data at the suppliers' request at a nominal cost: "Consumer demand for sustainably produced products is a key driver in promoting progress at the manufacturing level. Third-party validation is critical in combating greenwashing, which -- if left unchecked -- could erode consumer confidence and ultimately the public's interest in buying sustainable products and packaging." More

Prepare Your Business for 2010: Eight Tips
from Parcel
Anyone who works with shipping businesses knows that the first 100 days of owning a business are crucial to its success. What the owner does from the word "go" can change the entire future outlook. It's important not to lose sight of those all important initial steps. There are eight steps a business owner can follow to be well-positioned for the 2010, whether they are a long-time owner or an entrepreneur embarking on a new venture. More

Cost Pressures Boost Interest in Lift Truck Fleet Management Services
from DC Velocity
Can you answer these questions: Exactly how much do you spend on your lift truck fleet each year? How much do you spend on each truck? In an eight-hour shift, how much time does each truck actually spend moving product? Are trucks sitting idle in your facilities "just in case"? If you can't come up with the answers, you're not alone. And this comes at a time when managers are under intense pressure to control their industrial truck fleet expenses. But in order to manage these costs, they first have to know what they're spending. It comes as no surprise, then, that customers are turning to providers of fleet management services to help them make the most of their assets. More

Will Psychology Be as Large a Barrier to Case Picking Automation as ROI?
from Supply Chain Digest
As detailed a new report , a broad new wave of Automated Case Picking (ACP) solutions is coming to market, with many having the potential to significantly change the way some distribution centers operate. As part of that report, over 200 logistics managers and executives were surveyed over a number of questions related to case picking processes, challenges and potential solutions. That included one question that asked respondents what they viewed as the biggest challenges their company would face in considering ACP solutions. More

Are You a Master of Logistics?
from Logistics Quarterly
Mastering something implies that one has become skilled, proficient and even superlative at every aspect of that activity. The "Master of Logistics" title requires performance that excels in the face of extraordinary challenges including increasing transportation costs, driver turnover, changing customer requirements, and global market shifts. The linked article provides an overview of logistics managers and companies and focuses on how they have become masters of their profession and demonstrated leadership. More

Is It Time to Optimize Your Distribution Network?
from Supply Chain Brain
In good times or bad, companies can find value in taking a close look at where they are siting manufacturing plants and distribution centers. Mike Jones, president of St. Onge, offers some tips on how to derive maximum value from that effort. More

Grainger's Failed Free Freight Test
from Modern Distribution Management
In the second quarter of 2009, W.W. Grainger tried an interesting marketing test – offer free freight to customers in an effort to boost sales and gain market share in a cut-throat competitive year. It did not work. The impact was estimated as negative about half a percent on the company's second quarter gross margins of 40.76 percent. So it turns out customers are not as price sensitive -- even in the trough of this downturn -- as Grainger expected. Read on to find out why. More