July/August 2006 | Trade and Industry Development

July/August 2006


Trade & Industry Development Magazine

According to AEA’s recent Cyberstates report, the high tech industry in the U.S. grew by 61,000 jobs in 2005. While this growth is positive, the number falls short of the national average of employment. Within this report and our feature article focusing on the technology industry, several factors contribute to these numbers, including the continuing trend of both outsourcing and offshoring.
Within the logistics community, similar trends are occurring. The global impact on transportation, from fuel prices to demands for goods has increased the need for technology enhancements. No longer are site selection decisions made solely in the board room. More and more frequently logistics plays a vital role in the decision making. In our feature on logistics, you’ll read how “world-class distributors lead, not manage, their location selection projects.”
For even more information, don’t miss the area “Spotlights” (Maryland, Florida, California and North Carolina) showcasing initiatives designed to entice your next site location decision.

In this issue

The Art of Logistics Location Selection - "Listen and Lead"

BY: Kristian D. Bjorson

Dynamic customer demands, global sourcing changes and capacity challenges across all transportation modes are forcing every distributor to continuously evaluate their distribution networks.  From brand-name retailers to fast food giants to government agencies, today’s leadingcompanies are leveraging “real-time” service and cost considerations to drive logistics location selection decisions.  more....