The DOT Doctor’s Blog

June 3, 2012

Welcome Summer!

It has been awhile since I signed into WordPress and created a blog.   Perhaps it is time I take back up the pen and address you all again.

What are my current goals?

I am seeking a new opportunity in the logistics and/or transportation field.   It must involve travel, ability for growth and be a position of responsibility.   The DOT Doctor is a great organization.  I truly have enjoyed creating and building her.  While I intend to remain as a partner, my focus and dedication is to a new venture.   Anyone with contacts or who knows of a company needing a subject matter expert in logistics and trucking; please think of me.   Pass my contacts to the responsibility (asitler@thedotdoctor.com) and drop me a line.   Please let me know how I may be of assistance to you in return.

Join on my LinkedIn and Facebook my friends.  Let us grow our networks together.

 

December 17, 2010

Happy Holidays from The DOT Doctor

The DOT Doctor Newsletter is now in a new electronic format.  Please visit our newest page for electronic newsletters (http://thedotdoctor.com/newsletters).

 

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday!   May your 2011 be full of prosperity and a blank OSHA 300.

 

The DOT Doctor Team

April 8, 2010

A National Intermodal Shift

A National Intermodal Shift
William B. Cassidy and John D. Boyd | Apr 5, 2010 4:00AM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Magazine – News Story
http://www.joc.com/government-regulation/national-intermodal-shift (sign-in required)
This cover article speaks of the DOT’s plan to move truck traffic to ocean and rail methods. Deputy Secretary Porcari told Congress “We want to keep goods movement on water as long as possible, and then on rail as long as possible and truck it for the last miles.” That is, let’s transform the trucking industry into drayage carriers for the railroads – just what Norfolk Southern CEO Moorman called for a couple of years ago. Secretary LaHood spoke recently of how well he has been able to work with railroads, which have received a great deal of DOT funding.

Moving truck traffic to the rail would slow the delivery time. Rails, while gaining in competition, are still not able to handle time sensitive freight. Today’s inventories are leaned and set to work on JIT delivery schedules. Rail and ocean cannot accommodate this type of system. In essence, the government is telling big business to change their method of operation. Companies are leaning inventory and stock to save money, space and general overhead charges. They have invested much in the last 10 years to achieve this new structure. I do not see them changing back to the old ways willingly.
JB and Schneider embraced the intermodal methods and changed their business methods accordingly. Driver miles were cut almost in half as long haul freight disappeared to the rails. This also meant a change in client base for these carriers. Swift, who happily grabbed up the Wal-Mart account, split their transport method between rail and ground freight (truck) for JIT customers. Automotive clients always required JIT service.
While a move to rail claims to be more environmentally friendly and can save up to 30% in transportation costs, time will always be the issue. Rail is limited in its area of service and ocean is even a slower option. Claims processing through these channels are a nightmare and one of the main reasons many companies avoid these options totally.
The government explains that this would help relieve the congestion on our highways, promote safety highways and reduce the cost of infrastructure. Highways that no longer have to support the weight of heavy truck traffic are cheaper to build. It is implied that in doing so, fuel cost can be lowered due to the reduced highway funds needed. I find this hard to believe since the government is already ear marking those funds for railway improvements.
If these were to happen, inventory costs would raise along with replenishment times. This would mean consumer costs would rise to compensate for the increase. Large cities may feel a slight relief in traffic but for Main Street America, I doubt much change on the highway will be noticed.

More info – http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/455871-Logistics_news_Maritime_DOT_unveils_effort_to_expand_America_s_marine_highways.php?nid=4283&source=title&rid=14370409

February 24, 2010

ISO Issues New RFID Standards

Filed under: Global Supply Chain,ISO,logistics,RFID,SCM,WTO — dotdoctor @ 5:07 pm

The World Trade Organization has lobbied for standardized practices and a common frequency to be implemented for radio frequency identification devices (RFID) for many years.  In 2006, the ISO introduced the ISO/IEC 18000-6 Amendment 1 incorporating the EPCglobal Generation 2 UHF RFID Air Interface protocol which had the intention of making available a license to manufactures to create devices fitting both the EPCglobal standard and the ISO standard.  This still did not establish a global standard but was a first step in that direction.    Further success is now being seen in this movement thanks to the announcement by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on February 19 introducing ISO 17367:2009, Supply chain applications of RFID – Product tagging.
Global logistics requires better tracking methods, e.g. traceability.   Traceability is defined by the ISO “as the tracking and tracing of product and information related to it at each stage of a chain of production, processing, distribution, and selling.  The development of radio frequency identification (RFID), including peripheral devices and their applications, is indispensable for increasing the safety and reliability of products for consumers”.  Craig K. Harmon, Chair of TC 122/WG 10 comments: “ISO 17367:2009 will provide higher level security of products worldwide using RFID technology.  It will enable easy and efficient exchange of commodities in international trade and logistics. ”
Anyone who has used RFID knows the value this implementation can add to a supply chain.  As this technology has gained recognition and increased in usage, the price per unit has decreased allowing RFID to become an affordable option for many businesses.  True global usage has been uncertain due to the lack of a common global frequency and lack of standardization.  While a common frequency is still needed, the ISO has untaken major steps in the area of standardization.  It is important to note that these standards only address product tagging (identification) and not packaging.

Freight containers (ocean containers), product packaging, transport units and RTIs (returnable transport items) have recently become regulated by the ISO under different certifications.

ISO 17367:2009 is applicable to a wide range of industries and it has been elaborated in order to ensure compatibility at the physical, command and data levels with four other International Standards under the general title: Supply chain applications of RFID. International Standards within this suite are interoperable and non-interfering:

  • ISO 17363:2007, Supply chain applications of RFID – Freight containers
  • ISO 17364:2009, Supply chain applications of RFID – Returnable transport items (RTIs)
  • ISO 17365:2009, Supply chain applications of RFID – Transport units
  • ISO 17366:2009, Supply chain applications of RFID – Product packaging.

These International Standards define the technical aspects and data hierarchy of information required in each layer of the supply chain.  ISO technical committee ISO/TC 122/WG 10, Packaging, in collaboration with ISO/TC 104, Freight containers developed this series of standards. TC 122/WG 10 has undertaken a revision of this suite of standards to provide better clarity to the encoded methods to be utilized and support for sensor technology. (http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1293)

As the global supply chain grows, it is reasonable to expect to see more ISO standardization in this field.  Standardization will aid in cost reduction, loss reduction and overall lower costs in the transportation aspect of the supply chain.

Original post – http://thedotdoctor.com/the_dot_doctor_speaks/view/1248/iso_releases_new_rfid_standards

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