Mountaineers! 2006 Sugar Bowl Champs!

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2006 Sugar Bowl Champs! All I got to say is, Let's Go Mountaineers! I simply can't believe it, but I will enjoy it while it lasts. What an awesome way to start out the new year! I just got back from holiday, and I am trying to catch up, dig out. So, give me a few days and I will be back with some thoughts to kick off the new year. Montani semper liberi

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Deutsche Post’s 3rd Quarter Profit Up 30%

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billion) for the full year 2006. German mail, express and logistics giant Deutsche Post World Net reported a net income of 537 million euros ($691 million) in the third quarter, up 30.3 percent compared to 412 million euros in the same period 2005. Third quarter operating profit improved 40.1 percent to 1.03 billion euros ($1.3 billion), from 735 million euros last year. Revenue improved 35 percent to 14.9 billion euros ($19.2

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Only the Dutch Could Create a "Living Beer Lab!"

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IBM also had stated its intention to conduct a major test with 1,000 loaded containers in the Spring 2006. “Living Beer Lab” for shipping "Where's my beer?" When most ask that question, it’s about which coaster it’s parked on. At Heineken, it's serious business. The brewer is collaborating on a project, the “Beer Living Lab,” with IBM, the liner company Safmarine, the University of Amsterdam and customs in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

C-TPAT Survey - Be careful what you ask for.

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In 2006, CBP inspectors visited 16 countries, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Oman, Jordan, the UAE and Cambodia, for the first time. C-TPAT survey gives members chance to sound off Are companies who participate in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism really achieving tangible efficiencies by partnering with the U.S. government to secure their international supply chains?

Possible Storm Clouds Ahead for Logistics Industry?

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latest research "Logistics Benchmarking and Profiler 2006." This is strait from the GIL website.and it is kind of sobering.to be honest, I am not buying into this type of analysis just yet. What do you think? Companies specialising in providing logistics services have done well in recent years, but the future prospects for the industry are not so certain according to independent market analyst Datamonitor's (DTM.L)

4th Annual 3PL Summit in Atlanta - June 26th to the 28th

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I will be participating on the following panels: Monday, June 26, 2006 14:00 - 15:00 Pre-Summit Workshop 1: Open debate about performance metrics and pricing strategies. Next week is the big, and getting more influential 3Pl Summit in Atlanta. This is the 4th year of the event, which seems to get bigger and better each year. It will be held at the Intercontinental Buckhead from June 26th until June 28th.

Exel Earns Award of Excellence from the GIL!

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Delaney, during the US 3PL Summits at the Buckhead Intercontinental, Atlanta on 27 June 2006. The Institute has honoured Exel in recognition of the company’s outstanding contribution to the development of global supply chain excellence. The ‘Award of Excellence’ was presented by Kieran Ring, Chief Executive of the Institute at the North American Industry Dinner held to honor the memory of founding Chairman Robert V.

Christmas Gift Suggestion - The Box

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This is a great book for all in the logsitics and transport world.it does an excellent job of portraying how Mclean forged, formed a new industry and how the eponymous title changed the supply chain, and hence our economic futures. This is from a review at: [link] The same lesson can be absorbed, on a much more intimate scale, from Marc Levinson's The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the Economy Bigger. Levinson can hardly be called a newcomer to economic journalism.

Maersk Line Is Born! Save us from DP World!

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The majority of P&O Nedlloyd vessels will be phased in during February 2006. The large majority of services will be in place by mid March, and by June 2006 the Maersk Line network will be fully implemented. Following its 2.3 billion euros ($2.7 billion) acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd, A.P. Moller-Maersk Sunday formally commenced trading its enlarged container shipping business under the name Maersk Line.

Working at TRU.com

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Sorry folks.too much work to do, not enough time to do it! Sound familiar? No kidding! I will be at the TRU.com building for the next two weeks. Don't worry, I'll catch up with ya in early December. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving holiday

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Deutsche Post + Deutsche Bahn = De Big Bucks!

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Germany to sell up to 49% of Deutsche Bahn The German coalition government has agreed to sell up to 49 percent of state-owned rail and logistics giant Deutsche Bahn, parent company of Schenker and BAX Global, after agreeing not to include any of the track in the spin-off, Bloomberg reported. Constitutional rules forbid a sale of more than half the shares in the railway.

Maersk the Fastest? Ja! Tak!

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Maersk container ships biggest and fastest? Moller-Maersk declined to confirm the service speed of a series of seven 4,150-TEU ships being built at its Volkswerft Stralsund Shipyard in Germany, which are thought to have a service speed of 29 knots making them the world's fastest containerships. Maersk Line already has the biggest containership with the “Emma Maersk” having a declared capacity of 11,000-TEUs but believed to have a physical capacity of about 14,800 TEUs.

Now the French Want Our Ports! Sacre Bleu!

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French CMA CGM Group interested in P&O Ports North America France’s CMA CGM has formed a consortium with investment bank Morgan Stanley to prepare a bid for P&O Ports North America, reported London’s The Business. No one from the Marseilles-based company could be reached for comment. Dubai state-owned company Dubai Ports World is being forced to sell off the company after security fears among U.S. politicians about a foreign company controlling U.S. ports.

Rockin Your DC With Pick Zone Punches!

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Nothing is more frustrating for DC managers than seeing unused, dust-covered pallets wasting away in a prime picking zone. Those 1,000 Rockin Sockin Robots your buying department purchased a decade ago, for example, take up valuable space. Being greeted by the blue and red robots every morning for the past 10 years is a reminder that proper storage slotting is essential. Here are some strategies to consider for maintaining a lean storage profile in your DC operation.

TMS Technology Is Being Embraced By Shippers!

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Shippers see need to upgrade technology for managing transportation There is widespread concern by shippers that their current technology for managing transportation will not meet future needs. That is one of the conclusions of a study of 173 manufacturers, distributors and retailers by the Aberdeen Group of Boston. Transportation management is moving out of the shadows and into a strategic role in driving supply chain excellence," the report says. "In

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Do you trust antitrust, like I do?

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liner carrier antitrust immunity up for debate.again! Among transportation and shipper lobbyists, and even some in the trade media, the debate of whether to retain or repeal liner carrier antitrust immunity was once jokingly referred to as a rite of spring. Arguments on both side of the debate often in various congressional hearing rooms were strong, but nothing changed.

DHL to pay $150 million for 49% of Polar Air.brrrrrrrrr!

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DHL and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. have signed an agreement that will give the German express package delivery and logistics giant a 49 percent shareholding in Polar Air Cargo as well as increased air freight capacity in the transpacific market for the next 20 years. Under terms of the agreement, DHL will pay $150 million, in staggered cash payments ending November 2008, for the 49 percent equity stake in Polar, including a 25 percent voting interest.

You can pick your friends, you can pick your.Why this is all about picking operations!

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Companies often think their picking operation is efficient as long as products roll out on time and customers are happy. But most picking operations in warehouses across America could use a re-organization, and its all about the process you know.and training, and people, and systems! Profile your orders. Your most popular SKUs likely change with the seasons, so re-slot your warehouse to accommodate your business model, and review the setup at least once a year.

UPS Supply Chain Solutions Advises RIF

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UPS supply chain operation braces for staff cuts! UPS Supply Chain solutions plans to reduce headcount to make the operation more nimble, according to news report published today in the WSJ. The newspaper reported UPS would not reveal how many staff would be affected, but said some would be reassigned to other parts of the company or let go. The changes are expected to take place before the end of the year. The word on the street is that the number is close 1000 people.

On hiatus.take notice!

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This says it all.I will be checking back in with you all very soon. Take care

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House Approves SAFE Port Bill (SOS is SOL)

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Meanwhile, the Senate approved an emergency supplemental appropriations bill for fiscal year 2006 that includes nearly $1.25 The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed by a 421-2 vote wide-ranging maritime cargo and port security legislation, and in the process defeated a Democratic effort to include a requirement that all containers be inspected by radiation and density detectors at overseas ports.

On hiatus

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Sorry folks.too much work to do, not enough time to do it! Sound familiar? No kidding! I will be on hiatus for the next two weeks. Don't worry, I'll catch up with ya in mid-October

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Samskip - Sell something / Buy something / Keep growing!

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Samskip to buy Odiel Bilbao’s short-sea activities Samskip continues growth trend through acquisition.and they bulk up their "Containerlogistics" activity. Recent consolidation in the European short-sea industry continues with Icelandic carrier Samskip reaching agreement to take over Spanish line Odiel Bilbao SA from its Madrid-based holding company Naviera del Odiel SA. No financial details were disclosed.

Bean Counting and Logistics Costs Don't Add Up!

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Does you company actually have true fiscal visibility throughout the supply chain? Many claim they do.very few really do.what should you do? Supply chain management (SCM) is one of the key drivers in today's business world with offshore sourcing, foreign competition and global markets. The responsiveness required to keep the inbound supply chain flowing with materials and products and to keep store shelves filled is demanding.

Emma Maersk Too Big For the Panama Canal! What Does This Say About The Future Plans of A P Moller Maersk and the Industry?

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Hmmmm.what do you make of this press release and somewhat stilted admission from our friends at Maersk Line? I love this statement." we could build some more ships with one row less, or something like that, if necessary." Look out world.you are being cut in half by the "big blue." As we move into this lull in the ocean container cycle.over tonnage/low rates/further consolidation.keep an eye on the moves of Maersk.

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Samskip - Making Bold Moves / Charting to Blue Water

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Listed below is a press release from Samskip. Michael Hassing has been making some bold moves as of late and is charting the organization to blue waters. Niche players, short sea companies, and reefer cargo operators better take note.Samskip is positioned for long term success and will keep the pressure on via acquisitions, innovations, and plain old hard work. We will keep an eye on them in this space.

West Virginia and Virginia Tackle Supply Chain and Evacuation Scenarios

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Last week, public safety officials from Virginia and other states likely to receive refugees from a disaster in the Washington area have agreed to work together on regional evacuation plans. They attended a conference this week in West Virginia, where they discussed how to provide food, fuel, medical attention and other necessities during an evacuation that could reach numbers of into the millions.

Fiscal Visibility in the Supply Chain Saves Money!

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The globalization of commerce has made sophisticated logistics technology not just a luxurious expense for the Global Fortune 500, but a necessity for companies of all sizes and in all industries. A typical apparel company, for example, might source fabric from China, manufacture garments in Malaysia, send them to Italy for custom design work, then ship final products to a 3PL warehouse in the United States for delivery to major department stores around the country.

Big Box or Scatter Shot? 3PL's Can Help Both

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Companies that are considering outsourcing warehouse operations for the first time should keep several issues in mind. Most important is ensuring that customer service is enhanced, rather than diminished. Another important consideration is what logisticians call Optimized Network Design -- or, more simply, "Where should I locate my outsourced warehouse, how many should I have, and how will this impact the flow of my products?" Won't I Lose Control?

Intelligent Logistics or Just Good Old Common Sense?

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What does the word ‘Intelligent’ suggest when used in conjunction with Logistics? It connotes “smart,” foresight-driven, sensory, responsive, and adaptive Logistics. How can one equip Logistics to have foresight, be able to sense changes, respond to those changes and be adaptive to changes in the environment? These are hot topics in the Supply chain and Logistics world today. This article does not profess to address all components of creating ‘Intelligent Logistics’.

Emma Maersk - The Grand "Dane" of the Sea

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World's Largest Container Ship Named "Emma Maersk" A.P. Moller-Maersk Saturday named the world's largest container ship, the 11,000-TEU declared capacity "Emma Maersk," at the group's Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark. Traditionally secretive about its ships, A.P.

DC Sites - Location is key, but don't forget about the people in that location!

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The decision to build a distribution center comes with expectations that it will help a company reach key markets, hire an appropriate workforce, and maximize profitability while minimizing operating costs. Finding that ideal location in a community that embraces the company's operations, however, is more difficult than merely choosing any site within a targeted region. Location decision is crucial for a business' long-term success.

Where do you want to outsource?

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I recently participated on a few panels at the EyeForTransport 3PL Summit in Atlanta that were focused on the inbound supply chain from China. In addition, the GIL's Maritime Supply Chain Council is working on a white paper about PO to PoP visibility (Purchase Order to Point-of-Purchase for your review), which I am a member. During the conference, numerous times, the statement was made that retailers should not put all of their eggs in one basket when it comes to sourcing in China.

Inland Ports versus Coastal Ports

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Are you considering using an inland port instead of the usual coastal port? That's a decision many companies are analyzing as they face high fuel and transportation costs, as well as congestion at larger ports. Choosing an inland port may not work for every company, but it can help achieve greater supply chain management success through the use of multiple transportation modes. Here are his 10 tips for evaluating inland ports. Consider your transportation needs. How do you ship your product?

Total Landed Cost Versus Supply Chain Reality

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Total landed cost is the sum of all costs associated with making and delivering products to the point where they produce revenue -- usually your customer's door. So, if you employ tactics to reduce costs in all discrete functions from manufacturing through delivery, you'll have a lower total landed cost, right? Theoretically, yes. But in the real world, cost savings in one area often result in cost increases in another. Raw materials and freight are cheaper in volume, for example.