Newsletter | January 19, 2005

01.19.05 -- Make Your ROI Analysis Work For You

January 19,
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Interlog Winter 2005
Now in its 3rd year, Interlog Winter 2005 continues to be the only conference that focuses specifically on aftermarket product support and service parts logistics. Interlog is developed to provide you with innovative solutions to meet the challenges of your unique aftermarket business. This year, Interlog showcases 42 in-depth case studies delivered by aftermarket executives from the world's leading aerospace, semiconductor, telecommunications, high tech, and industrial manufacturing companies.

From The Chief Editor
This week's featured article, "Distribution Ironman: How To Sweat Out Unanticipated Order Fulfillment Challenges" comes to us from Kevin Hume, director of consulting services at ESYNC. Kevin, and several of his colleagues at ESYNC have agreed to become regular contributors to our publication. ESYNC provides consulting and systems integration services in the areas of operations, facility layout and design, materials handling engineering, and software selection and implementation. We welcome Kevin and his colleagues to our growing list of contributing practitioners.
Featured Articles
Is Your RFID EDI Aware?
Excitement. Uncertainty. Promise. The potential of RFID solutions recalls the high energy and aggressive e-business initiatives and electronic data interchanges (EDIs) of the 1990s. And, like those earlier business-to-business (B2B) initiatives, a return on investment (ROI) is realized more clearly by taking advantage of the new technology while leveraging systems already in place. Submitted by nuBridges, LLC

Intelligent Edge Networks Are Improving Logistics
With cost pressures rising and transportation providers facing near-record level fuel prices, higher liability insurance premiums, and increased equipment expenses, the logistics industry is enduring unprecedented challenges. Given these pressures, how does a transportation provider optimize pricing based not simply on least cost routing, but total cost to serve, lifetime value, profitability, service level agreements or projected demand for value-added services? Submitted by IBM

Distribution Ironman: How To Sweat Out Unanticipated Order Fulfillment Challenges
Despite all your strategic planning efforts you simply can't plan for all the unanticipated challenges proffered by your distribution environment. You'll have to sweat them out. If you put a fundamental plan in place for effective systems integration and fulfillment design, you'll be in good shape. Submitted by ESYNC

How To Make Your ROI Analysis Work For You
Perhaps you are reviewing your company's distribution operations to determine whether a warehouse management system (WMS) may be a fit. Maybe you've been pushing for a WMS and have now been authorized to move forward with the project. Regardless of the reason, it is essential that you first develop a return on investment (ROI) estimate before considering a WMS project. Submitted by Cornerstone

Top News Stories
AGI Worldwide Completes Wal-Mart RFID Compliance Initiative
RedPrairie Global Update Q1 2005
Featured Products
Intermec 5055 Vehicle Mount Computer
The rugged Intermec 5055 vehicle mount and stationary computer is designed for data collection applications in warehousing, distribution, manufacturing, transportation, and customer service. The 5055 is engineered to make data collection a seamless part of the enterprise with your choice of operating systems. View additional solutions available through Intermec Technologies Corporation.

Dolphin 7200 Mobile Computer
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Distribution Services
GENCO dedicates almost 60% of its 15 million square feet of warehouse operations to traditional distribution services, moving product into the marketplace from 40 distribution centers for 36 different companies in North America. View additional services available through GENCO.

Code Courier
Code Courier direct thermal and thermal transfer portable printers deliver unsurpassed performance in a surprisingly compact, lightweight package. View portable printing and label solutions available through Cognitive Solutions, Inc.

Featured Download
Wood Products Producer Takes Control Of Inventory And Shipping
Roseburg Forest Products, a manufacturer of plywood, lumber, specialty panels, and engineered wood products, was using an antiquated manual inventory tracking system. They looked to PSC for answers, and with the help of PSC's rugged PowerScan handheld scanner, their inventory speed and efficiency greatly improved, giving them more control over an essential part of their business. Submitted by PSC, Inc.
Featured Book
Business Logistics, Supply Chain Management
Industry Events
RFID Is Ready. Are You?
A Case Study Webcast: From spreadsheets to RFID asset tracking in six weeks
Thursday, January 27, 2005; 8:30am Pacific

With more than 3,000 IT items to track, the government of El Paso County, Colorado, looked for a solution that provided greater asset accountability without adding significant labor costs. This Webcast will demonstrate how an RFID solution took this government agency from spreadsheets to RFID tags in just six weeks.
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