What does all this have to do with security, you ask? Consider. If manufacturers are passing higher fuel costs to you when shipping your goods (A 40-foot container that cost $3,000 to ship a few years ago is now costing $8,000 thanks to higher fuel prices.), and the shippers themselves are taking as much as 20% longer to bring your goods to market, just how much tolerance will you have left for any added security measures at the port of entry? The sheer business impact of potential loss of market share will increase the attractiveness of any scan-on-the-run technologies that can be implemented to keep from adding delays to the process. This represents an opportunity for security technology companies. On the other hand, labor- and time-intensive delays imposed under the banner of increased security could easily become the straw that breaks the back of the business that has no choice but to keep relying on global supply lines. Never the rose without the thorn.
- Nick Catrantzos