Gov't. Affairs Committee Sets Aggressive 2006 Agenda
IWLA's Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Doug Sibila of Peoples Services, finalized its agenda for 2006 at the Annual Meeting last month. Topics of specific emphasis include: amending the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act (HR 1956); achieving permanent repeal of the “death tax;” import/export issues; ensuring efficient and fair transportation systems; assisting members with food security issues and workplace health and safety issues. Click here for the complete agenda. For more information, contact Nathan Noy, IWLA director of government & legal services.

In addition, the committee will host a lobbying/political affairs event in Washington, D.C., June 21-22 that will include pre-arranged visits with Congressmen set up by IWLA's Washington Counsel.

Safety and Your Hispanic Workforce
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the fatality rate for Spanish-speaking workers is 13% higher than that for all workers. One key to minimizing this risk is to effectively communicate safety procedures to them. If you need assistance reaching out to Spanish-speaking employees on workplace safety issues, help is available! Through IWLA's Alliance with OSHA, Association members can access a variety of on-line tools geared to such communication. For a listing of resources available, click here.

Book Author to be Featured on Next ELC Conference Call
The May 18 Emerging Leaders Council discussion series, featuring the book How to Create Customers as Loyal as Norm Peterson-The Cheers Model of Marketing, will be hosted by the author, Michael Synk, as well as Carey Treadwell of the Mallory Group. If you'd like to get a head start, consider ordering the book from Synk's Web site. The author also will send out key concepts via slides to registered attendees approximately one week in advance of the free conference call. If you plan to participate, please reply to this email to aid planning the event.

Last Call for Ackerman Audio Conference
The April 27 IWLA audio conference Auditing Warehouse Performance is only three days away, but there's still time to participate. Sign up today for what proves to be a lively discussion with renowned warehouse management consultant Ken Ackerman, who before becoming a management consultant was CEO of a successful warehouse company that is now part of Exel. Dial into IWLA's audio conference April 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. Central and learn how to keep your warehouse running at peak performance. A Q&A session and a copy of Ken's latest book on the subject is included. Register today; space is limited.

NOTE: Attending this audio conference earns valuable points toward your distinguished Certified Logistics Professional designation.

Canadian Council Announces Upcoming Events
IWLA's Canadian Council will hold its Spring Luncheon May 17 in Toronto. Attendees will be able to hear an industry specialist speaking on warehouse optimization and meet newly-named IWLA President & CEO Joel Anderson, who will discuss the latest developments of the organization's New Strategic Plan. The Council also will hold its annual Golf Outing June 15. Details on both events will be available soon.

Meet the Director
Paul Delp was elected to IWLA's Board of Directors at the Association's Annual Convention last month. He is president of Lansdale Warehouse Co., a family-owned, asset-based logistics company located in the suburbs north of Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania State University graduate served four years in the U.S. Air Force before joining the family business. Since taking over as president in 1981, he has grown the company from one 90,000 sq. ft. facility to seven warehouses totaling 700,000 sq. ft. Paul has been active in IWLA, currently as co-chair of the Rail Council. He also is a member of CSCMP, WERC, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association and is a corporate sponsor for Penn State's Center for Supply Chain Research.

Member News
Shippers wins award, adds space -
Shippers Group, Dallas, was awarded the Unilever/Best Foods "DC of the Year" designation for 2005 – the second consecutive year it has won the honor. The award is based upon a list of 31 quantifiable criteria, including on-time shipment, inventory accuracy, sanitation audit scores, transportation efficiency and savings, recall efficiency and accuracy, customer service response time, and system-to-system reconciliation.

In addition, Shippers has opened a new campus-style operation in Grand Prairie, TX, consisting of two buildings totaling 554,000 sq. ft. The new operation will primarily serve the distribution requirements of Farley's & Sathers Candy Co. (new business).

Business Trends
Study could bolster HOS claims -
Drowsiness behind the wheel is a more significant safety problem on U.S. roads than previously thought, although cell phone use is the most common distraction for drivers, new research shows. Driver distraction was the cause of most auto crashes and near crashes in a year-long study of 241 drivers in the Washington, D.C., area conducted for federal safety regulators by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The most surprising finding, researchers said, was the accident rate among drowsy drivers. They were at least four times more likely to crash or narrowly escape an accident than rested motorists, the data showed. NHTSA partially funded the study that found driver inattention was a factor in 80% of all crashes; drowsiness contributed to 20% of all crashes.

Odds and Ends
Interest rate hikes may end soon -
The Federal Reserve said the end of its interest-rate hikes is likely to be near, according to the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee's March 27-28 meeting. A forecast prepared for the meeting showed the gross domestic product expanding briskly in the first quarter, while economic growth was expected to moderate later this year “to a more sustainable pace.” The need for further policy firming would be “determined by the implications of incoming information for future activity and inflation,” the minutes said.

Industrial production rises - Industrial production rose 0.6% in March, according to the Federal Reserve. The production increase at factories, mines and utilities followed a 0.5% gain in February. The share of industrial capacity in use rose to 81.3%, the highest in five-and-a-half years, from an 81% in February.

Canada trucking costs to grow - The Canadian Trucking Alliance, representing more than 4,000 motor carriers, warned shippers to expect increased trucking costs amid sharply higher fuel prices. Record highs for crude oil have pushed the price of diesel fuel up by 21% in the past 10 weeks, and by 27% from a year ago. Trucking "will have to pass our increased costs along to our customers through fuel surcharges, rate increases, or a combination of both," the CTA said. Trucks haul two-thirds of Canada's trade with the U.S.

• Wal-Mart seeks to trim inventory - Wal-Mart Stores is telling suppliers it plans to buy less product in an effort to keep its inventory lean, Bloomberg reported. Suppliers such as consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co., jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. and trucking company YRC Worldwide have either cut their forecasts or lost sales since Wal-Mart outlined the plan to reduce inventory in its 3,800 U.S. stores. The company is focusing on reducing inventory to reduce costs. Transport Topics

• Transport IDs to debut - The Department of Homeland Security plans to introduce a single identification card for transportation workers later this year, according to a report in the April 10 print issue of Transport Topics. Elaine Dezenski, acting assistant secretary for border and transportation security policy, said the agency was “moving forward very, very aggressively” on its Transportation Worker Identity Card, or TWIC. She said the agency plans to publish a proposed rule “this spring” and hopes to have a final rule out “by the end of this fiscal year.”

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April 24, 2006

April 27:
Auditing Warehouse Performance

Audio Conference

May 17:
Canadian Council Luncheon


May 18:
ELC Discussion Series

Your Office

June 15:
Canadian Council Golf Outing

June 21-22:
D.C. Fly-In
Washington, D.C.

July 19-20:
Marketing & Sales Conference


Aug. 16-17:
Value-Added Services Conference


Aug. 17:
ELC Discussion Series

Your Office

Sept. 14-15:
IT Conference


Sept. 21:
ELC Discussion Series

Your Office

Oct. 19:
ELC Discussion Series

Your Office

Nov. 2-3:
Safety & Risk Conference


Nov. 16:
ELC Discussion Series

Your Office