April 2010

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IWLA Canada News
  HST Luncheon April 21
  IWLA to host IFWLA Convention May 2-5 in Vancouver
  Golf Tournament June 25, 2010 (Granite Ridge, Milton, Ontario)

Programs & Initiatives
  CSCSC's Career Focus Program provides wage subsidies for new hires
  Eco-Roof Incentive Program

Canadian News & Perspectives
  U.S. and Canada reach agreement on "Buy America" and provincial government procurement
  CSA 2010 tightens straps on cargo securement rules
  Transportation, warehousing particularly susceptible to dollar fluctuations: Report
  Canada Customs delays rollout of ACI e-Manifest system
  Myriad of customs issues facing Canadian importers and exporters

Warehouse Management & Operations
  Should you let your equipment do the walking?
  Portrait of an automated warehouse
  Breaking down the unit load
  Warehousing & DCs: RFID revisited
  Building or leasing a DC: Many factors to consider in terms of physical design
  What's new in sortation technology

Transportation & Logistics
  How to make everyone happy in the supply chain
  Less than lucrative: LTL recovery most challenging
  Freight sourcing strategies in 2010 - the importance of carrier relationships
  Air cargo: Efficiency, quality and security are key
  Avoiding pitfalls when setting up packing stations

Information Technology
  New text and email communication service to streamline home delivery
  IT pros aren't happy with enterprise apps
  Wireless technology: The birds and the bees ... and 4G

Management & Human Resources
  Report looks at changing role of supply chain managers
  Video: Passionate professionals


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HST Luncheon April 21

There is still time to register for this crucial luncheon. We are pleased to have Danny Cisterna of Deloitte LLP as our luncheon speaker and subject matter expert. Danny will explain to our industry the implications of the new harmonized tax for 3PL and warehouse undertakings. Although it becomes effective on July 1, there are some conventions that need to be practiced as soon as May 1. The session will cover implications for your costs, customers and overall compliance.

We are very pleased with the following sponsors who have stepped up and supported our event: Enfinity, Maves, Systems Logic, Black & McDonald and Omniwatt.

Please register by clicking here!


IWLA to host IFWLA Convention May 2-5 in Vancouver

For the first time in North America, IWLA will host the International Federation of Warehouse Logistics Associations (IFWLA) annual convention, May 2-5, 2010 in Vancouver, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The convention goals are to foster global relationships and, in the current economy, to strategize on coping with the challenging recession and potentially changing trade patterns. This year's event assembles the leading international 3PL providers to advance the knowledge-base on the logistics marketplace as well as warehousing and supply chain practices. The convention includes an array of social and networking events in and around picturesque Vancouver.

For the program schedule, click here.
To register as an IWLA member & spouse for the 4-day educational & social event, click here.
To register as an IWLA member for a one-day educational event, click here.


Golf Tournament June 25, 2010 (Granite Ridge, Milton, Ontario)
Mark your calendars now for the 3PL and warehouse tournament of the year!

This well attended tournament attracts the leaders in the warehouse and 3PL profession and should not be missed. Details will be forthcoming shortly.

If your company is interested in sponsoring, please contact David Long at 416-726-0597.

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CSCSC's Career Focus Program provides wage subsidies for new hires
Source: Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council

The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) is now accepting applications for the second year of our Career Focus Program commencing April 1, 2010. Applications will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council - website

Eco-Roof Incentive Program
Source: City of Toronto

The City of Toronto is now accepting applications for its Eco-Roof Incentive Program, an initiative designed to promote the use of green and cool roofs on Toronto's industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, and to help Toronto's business community take action on climate change.

City of Toronto - website
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U.S. and Canada reach agreement on "Buy America" and provincial government procurement
Source: Mondaq.org

On February 5, the United States and Canada announced the successful negotiation of an agreement intended to resolve concerns over the use of "Buy America" clauses in U.S. government spending bills and open up provincial and territorial government procurement to U.S. suppliers. Under the deal Canada and the United States have agreed to make permanent commitments under the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) such that suppliers in each country will be able to access state, provincial and territorial government procurement on a non-discriminatory basis and in accordance with standards established under the GPA.

Mondaq.org - 02/09/10

CSA 2010 tightens straps on cargo securement rules
Source: Today's Trucking

For carriers running into the States, cargo securement violations are going to take on a completely new meaning beginning in July when CSA 2010 goes live. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program aims to reduce the number and severity of truck crashes by sanctioning drivers and carriers that pose the greatest potential risk to highway safety.

Today's Trucking - 03/29/10

Transportation, warehousing particularly susceptible to dollar fluctuations: Report
Source: Logistics Magazine

A report released [March 12] by the Conference Board of Canada suggests transportation companies and warehousing operations are among the most exposed to currency fluctuations. The report, entitled Dollar Volatility: Who Should Care says companies need to learn to export and import in a way that offsets exposure to the Canadian dollar. The authors say this requires companies to examine where they fit in global supply chains and identify both risks and opportunities in the global marketplace.

Logistics Magazine - 03/12/10

Canada Customs delays rollout of ACI e-Manifest system
Source: Today's Trucking

The requirement for carriers to submit manifest information electronically to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for shipments coming to Canada has been postponed. According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the Advanced Commercial Information Highway eManifest was scheduled to begin in June 2010. But CBSA has indicated that a delay to implementation is necessary to ensure systems are adequately tested and prepared.

Today's Trucking - 03/12/10

Myriad of customs issues facing Canadian importers and exporters
Source: Canadian Sailings

Canada is a trading nation and as a result Canadian businesses deal with complex trade regulations and rapidly changing processes on a daily basis. When asked what their most pressing concerns are, businesses consistently rank trade and customs issues among their top concerns. This is not surprising when you consider that in addition to everyday business concerns, importers and exporters have the added burden of customs and security programs and the technological challenges that go along with them, as well as supply chain issues that can range from varying transportation infrastructure capabilities to international financing strategies.

Canadian Sailings - 03/08/10
  Warehouse Management & Operations      back to top

Should you let your equipment do the walking?
Source: DC Velocity

For years, distribution consultants have labored to find ways to reduce travel time in the warehouse operation. Traditionally, that's meant designing distribution center layouts to minimize the distance order pickers had to walk to retrieve items from storage. But, instead of merely reducing travel distances, some companies are opting to eliminate travel time altogether. They're doing this by using automated material handling equipment to deliver items to order pickers who remain in a fixed spot. It's a concept dubbed "goods to person," and a number of material handling equipment manufacturers are touting it as a way to improve warehouse productivity.

DC Velocity - 03/19/10

Portrait of an automated warehouse
Source: IndustryWeek

Being able to connect with your supply chain partners, gaining visibility over inventory and increasing efficiency in the warehouse, are common characteristics of a best-in-class warehousing operation. The trick is, how can manufacturers improve their own operations while helping their customers manage uncertain demand, and still control costs? The key, according to an Aberdeen Group study of warehousing best practices, is to adopt more efficient order fulfillment processes, particularly by improving visibility to incoming inventory status.

IndustryWeek - 03/17/10

Breaking down the unit load
Source: Modern Materials Handling

The unit load is integral to the movement of products through the supply chain. With the increasing emphasis on sustainability, more and more primary packaging designers are looking to eliminate weight and waste at the end of the line, once the materials handling is done. This focus ratchets up the pressure on shippers and handlers to find the magical methodology to protect the load from damage through its journey. Here, we break down three integral components of the unit load - platform, load containment, and unitization - sharing the advice of experts about how to achieve the best combination of the three to meet the unique demands of your warehouse or distribution center.

Modern Materials Handling - 03/01/10

Warehousing & DCs: RFID revisited
Source: Modern Materials Handling

While it may have dropped off the front pages of the business press, RFID is enabling warehouse and DC managers to add value and streamline supply chain processes. Here are four benefits that those managers are achieving within the first year of deployment.

Modern Materials Handling - 02/01/10

Building or leasing a DC: Many factors to consider in terms of physical design
Source: SupplyChainDigest

Sizing a new DC is as much art as it is science, and is heavily dependent on the forecast of where sales and unit/case volumes are going to go over the next 3-5 years. In addition to questions around size and throughput needs, companies also need to consider their potential requirements for or interest in materials handling automation when building a new or leasing an existing building. This topic is especially pertinent right now, as DC floor space is generally available in most markets at very low rates versus pre-recession days - and therefore may look especially cheap versus building a new facility, as those costs have not come down nearly as much.

SupplyChainDigest - 03/09/10

What's new in sortation technology
Source: Modern Materials Handling

Many of the same factors driving the latest developments in conveyor technology are at work in sortation, including the need by end users to handle more throughput with less equipment and a growing emphasis on energy savings and sustainability. But those aren't the only factors. The persistent shortage of labor for warehouses and distribution centers, for instance, is one factor driving the adoption of sortation technology.

Modern Materials Handling - 03/01/10
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How to make everyone happy in the supply chain
Source: LogisticsToday

In the world of a supply manager, navigating the territory between internal customers, suppliers and buyers is tricky. A new study by an Oregon State University supply chain researcher shows this balancing act between keeping costs under control and keeping suppliers happy is even more difficult than previously thought due to tough economic conditions.

LogisticsToday - 03/22/10

Less than lucrative: LTL recovery most challenging
Source: Today's Trucking

The LTL sphere has taken it on the chin during this freight downturn. And time for LTL fleets seems to pace slower than in most other freight modes, which for the most part touched bottom last fall and, at least in terms of volumes, have incrementally shown some improvement ever since. There are many who think the unprecedented scale of the recession will have profound shape-shifting effects on LTL. As supply chains shrink and suppliers-distributors move closer to retailers and end users, the new normal for LTL carriers in both Canada and the U.S. is to hunker down and regionalize if they're going to maximize efficiencies throughout their network.

Today's Trucking - 03/25/10

Freight sourcing strategies in 2010 - the importance of carrier relationships
Source: Expert's Blogs

In a year when the economy was so weak and cost reduction pressures were so strong, why did so many shippers display a reluctance to switch carriers to reduce costs? The answer lies in one important word, relationships. Even in tough times, when the temptation is there to throw valued suppliers "under the bus," knowledgeable and enlightened shippers took the time to reflect on the value they have received to date, the performance they are currently receiving and took a long look at the road ahead. This is what they saw.

Expert's Blogs - 03/12/10

Air cargo: Efficiency, quality and security are key
Source: Voxy (New Zealand)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) [is calling] upon the entire air cargo value chain to drive efficiencies and improve competitiveness by supporting IATA e-freight. The electronic airway bill (e-AWB) is one of the 20 documents planned for conversion with e-freight. An industry standard e-AWB that will eliminate the need to print, handle and archive paper airway bills is being trialed by three airlines and 11 freight forwarders. In addition to greater efficiency, the trials are demonstrating that e-AWB can deliver faster air freight shipments with reduced delays because the electronic documents cannot be lost or misplaced. The e-AWB standard has been filed with governments around the world for approval.

Voxy (New Zealand) - 03/10/10

Avoiding pitfalls when setting up packing stations
Source: DC Velocity

You might think that setting up a packing station is no big deal. Just gather up the necessary equipment and supplies - a work table, a bunch of empty cartons, tape, and a pile of labels - and you're good to go. But that could be a costly mistake, say the experts. By failing to give sufficient thought to the packing process and the design of the station itself, you could set yourself up for a host of problems, including injuries, inflated transportation costs, and money spent on packing materials you don't really need. Where do companies go wrong when setting up packing stations? What follows is a rundown of some of the most common pitfalls and tips on how to avoid them.

DC Velocity - 03/15/10
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New text and email communication service to streamline home delivery
Source: Retail Technology Review

The launch of a new two-way notification system is set to streamline the home delivery process. The text and email alert tool can automatically update the consumer on the progress of a parcel including when a consignment is 30 minutes away.

Retail Technology Review - 03/29/10

IT pros aren't happy with enterprise apps
Source: InformationWeek

ERP, CRM, and supply-chain management systems are still costly and difficult to implement, according to the 485 business technology professionals [InformationWeek] surveyed. But they also doubt that next-generation apps will be any easier to deal with. Most enterprises have yet to fully embrace service-oriented architecture, software as a service, or business process management. Oh, sure, they're using these technologies here and there, but few survey respondents are confident that SOA, SaaS, or BPM can handle everything.

InformationWeek - 03/27/10

Wireless technology: The birds and the bees ... and 4G
Source: Knowledge@Wharton

Just when consumers thought they had their 3G wireless gadgets all figured out, it's now time to start getting a grip on the fourth generation of wireless technology - which will be much faster and far more disruptive than anything we have experienced before, according to the book titled: The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution.

Knowledge@Wharton - 03/17/10
  Management & Human Resources      back to top

Report looks at changing role of supply chain managers
Source: Logistics Magazine

A study by an Oregon State University researcher indicates just how important it is for supply chain professionals to keep their people skills well-honed - particularly during tough economic times. In his new paper in the Journal of Business Research, Zhaohui Wu says supply chain executives must not only keep costs under control, but balance the divergent needs of internal customers, suppliers, and buyers. Keeping everyone happy, he finds, is even more difficult than previously thought due to recessionary conditions. Wu and a team of researchers examined the skill that most supply managers need to master - the ability to wear many hats and take on multiple roles.

Logistics Magazine - 03/25/10

Video: Passionate professionals
Source: Canadian Transportation & Logistics

What motivates supply chain professionals to succeed?

Canadian Transportation & Logistics - 03/31/10

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