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DHL goes real-time.
DHL launches real-time information to improve supply chain -- DHL Supply Chain has launched a live order tracking system (Lots) to deliver real-time information to its customers. The web-based Lots tool was developed internally and will enable customers to view order information over the internet. The project took 12 months to develop and DHL ran a trial in 2010 with some of its multinational customers.

Green score.
Clothes Makers Join to Set 'Green Score' -- With just a few clicks on Google Maps, anyone can call up a satellite image of blue dye and other chemicals washing downriver from textile mills in Xintang, China -- the world capital of blue jeans production. But American shoppers in a typical department store encounter no obvious connection between those polluting plumes of dye -- or really any other environmental impact -- and their favorite pair of designer blues. In many cases, the company whose name appears on the label is only marginally better informed.

Fillin' the tank with dollars.
U.S. Economy Is Better Prepared for Rising Gas Costs -- Gasoline prices have risen by nearly a third in the last year, and oil costs more than $100 a barrel for the first time in more than two years, driven by fears of extended Middle East supply disruptions and increased demand from an improving global economy.

Need a job? You're in luck.
Supply Chain and Operations Expected Hiring Up Significantly in 2011 -- Hiring by Supply Chain and Operations is expected to pick up significantly in 2011, offering the most promising jobs environment for supply chain professionals since the start of the Great Recession, a new report finds.

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