Newsletter | April 6, 2005

4.06.05 -- Transform Your Business Into An Aware Enterprise

April 06,
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From The Chief Editor
RFID For Dummies, written by ODIN technologies' President Patrick Sweeney, will be released soon. As a sneak preview, we have included the book's Site Assessment chapter in this week's newsletter — excerpted with the permission of Wiley Publishing, copyright 2005.

This chapter addresses how to properly conduct the site assessment, and covers the following topics: where to look for ambient electromagnetic noise; setting up test equipment; measuring stray electromagnetic waves; and locating the best spots for your RFID equipment.
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Featured Articles
The Evolution And Future Of Transportation Management Systems
Two areas that have seen tremendous growth and continue to hold a promising future are transportation planning and execution. This paper will help provide a better understanding of how these processes have developed over time and what the future holds for companies that are serious about overall transportation — and logistics — optimization. Submitted by Manhattan Associates

Supply Chain Solution Provides Alltech With Real-Time Access To Information
Rapid expansion into more than 40 countries by 2000 left Alltech with a disjointed worldwide IT structure, with accounting, material tracking, and sales systems operating on five separate platforms. Exact Macola integrated Alltech's back office systems and Exact e-Synergy provided worldwide managers with a real-time view of activity across the organization. Submitted by Exact Software

Distribution Center Increases Customer Service And Reduces Total Cost Of Ownership With Handheld Devices
Slakey Brothers significantly reduced their total cost of ownership and increased their employee productivity with the Falcon 4420 color handheld computers, Falcon 4620 vehicle-mount computers, and PowerScan RF handheld scanners. This will enable the expansion of their real-time warehouse management system to their smaller regional distribution centers. Submitted by PSC

The Emerging Aware Enterprise
Using RFID (radio frequency identification) for improved product visibility and data exchange is a first step to transforming businesses into Aware Enterprises. Used with permission from Integrated Solutions magazine

Top News Stories
Siemens Brings Logistics Automation To Direct Marketing Giant Blair Increasing Throughput, Reducing Order-To-Delivery Time And Labor Costs
Progress Partners Work Together To Unveil SOA-Based, Mid-Market Solution, Integrating Best-Of-Breed Modules At National Manufacturing Week
Featured Products
Falcon 4220 Windows CE .NET PDA
The Falcon 4220 is PSC's latest-generation PDA device, combining a compact, rugged form factor with the flexibility of Microsoft's CE .NET operating system. The Falcon 4220 is designed for retail, warehousing, and logistics applications where maximum performance and durability is required in a compact handheld device. Download the complete product sheet now.

Intermec CN2 Mobile Computer
The CN2 is a rugged, powerful, and reliable mobile data collection computer for tough mobile computing applications with an ergonomic design that provides easy, single-handed operation in a form factor small enough to carry almost anywhere data collection is required. Download the complete product sheet now.

SURFCAM 2004 features new verification technology from MachineWorks, Ltd. The new SURFCAM Verification package is fully integrated within SURFCAM and provides customers with visually-rich graphics and superior verification tools. Request more information and product details.

Loss And Damage Claims
TSi Logistics uses state-of-the-art technology, certified professionals, and extensive industry knowledge to collect 87% of the monies that have been filed for loss and damage claims with carriers. Download the complete product sheet now.

Featured Download
Divining The Future Of RFID In Transportation
RFID solutions targeting transportation seem to be talked about only in terms of what can be gained down the road as a derivative of the primary initiatives now underway in warehousing. What escapes most people, however, is the fact that the transportation community has been using RFID for railcar, tractor, trailer, and container identification for some time. Submitted by ESYNC
Featured Book
Supply Chain Management (APICS Series On Resource Management)
Industry Events
Product Collaboration For The Rest Of Us
Tune in to this special executive broadcast taped from the show floor at National Manufacturing Week to learn how the very opposite of a niche application, the ubiquitous free Adobe Reader, can be the starting point for secure design collaboration with business partners.
RedShift 2005: Achieving Global Leadership
Join us for RedPrairie's 8th annual user conference and logistics industry summit April 12-15 at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear keynote speaker Mikhail Gorbachev discuss international leadership and the restructuring of global priorities. RedPrairie's educational, interactive powertracks feature industry thought leaders and case studies from leading global companies. Learn how to optimize your global supply chain and drive more value from your supply chain investment.
The WERC conference provides the tools you need to improve your operations, enhance your career, and increase your warehousing knowledge. Hear from expert speakers and exchange ideas with your peers.
Trade Publications
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