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From The Chief Editor
Welcome back to the Logistics Online weekly newsletter. If you have not already done so, mark Interlog Winter 2005 (January 25th - 28th) on your calendar. At this event you will learn service parts secrets from leading FORTUNE 500 aftermarket organizations: Toyota, Airbus, Raytheon, Motorola, Toshiba, Siemens, and Caterpillar. You can also take home Toshiba and Motorola's techniques to maximize the value of your 3PL partnerships, examine the dramatic service parts revenue gains being driven by Eaton and Toyota, and much more. Check out the conference agenda.
Featured Articles
Achieving Measurable Results In Logistics
In today's environment, achieving logistics excellence has become a boardroom-level concern. The gap between logistics cost leaders and laggards is growing. Logistics performance leaders are building a significant advantage over the competition to substantially better bottom-line performance and increased shareholder value. Submitted by RedPrairie

Forecasting Tool Propels Planning Accuracy
Customizable planning and forecasting software helps home accessories manufacturer achieve 99% accuracy in merchandise forecasts. Used with permission from Integrated Solutions magazine

Managing Spend In A Distribution Environment
To survive in today's economy; every enterprise must put the reins on spending across every location and category. Submitted by Epicor Software Corporation

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

Top News Stories
IBM And CommercialWare Expand Customer Choice In The Retail Industry
Texas Instruments To Provide EPC Gen 2 RFID Tags Based On Recently Ratified EPCglobal Standard
Featured Products
Epicor eDistribution
This solution gives you instant access to information, enabling you to effectively manage your distribution operations, including purchasing, quality control, inventory, and order entry. Download the complete product sheet now.

Pocket LABEL MATRIX
Pocket LABEL MATRIX is a powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use Pocket PC-based solution for printing bar code labels. Download the complete product brochure now.

Intellitag RFID Ready-To-Go Pallet/Carton RFID Evaluation Kit
Intermec is offering the Intellitag Ready-To-Go Pallet/Carton Evaluation Kit that will enable users to create an RFID pilot in their own facility in a matter of hours versus weeks or months. Download the complete product sheet now.

YMS — Yard Management System
Provia's ViaWare and ViaView product suites include warehousing, transportation, order, and yard management products seamlessly integrated together with Web-based visibility tools to create a real-time, end-to-end, supply chain execution solution. Access the product sheet now.

Interlog Winter 2005
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.
Featured Download
Pull Out All The DC Stops
As RFID technology is played out and applied in labs and pilot environments, expect to see more examples of newly discovered benefits. In the meantime, establishing a flow-through model in your DCs and warehouses will result in immediate benefits and better prepare you for an RFID future. Used with permission from Integrated Solutions For Retailers magazine
Featured Book
Business Logistics, Supply Chain Management
Industry Events
The Manufacturing Imperative
Achieve the "perfect order" while reducing IT systems cost of ownership
Sponsored by MAPICS


Zomax has grown from a $27-million company with a single manufacturing facility to a $197-million company with 12 facilities in four countries. Amidst this growth, the company exceeded customer expectations even as it reduced operating costs, reduced lead times, sped time-to-market, and improved business-performance visibility. Key to all this success is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that serves as a common technology framework for all of Zomax's business systems, allowing seamless integration and communication across manufacturing, distribution, and order management.
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RFID Is Ready. Are You?
A Case Study Webcast: From spreadsheets to RFID asset tracking in 6 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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