Table of Contents: May 2009

down but not out
The results of DC VELOCITY's annual salary survey reflect what's happening in the economy at large. But the news is not all bad.
green grocer
When wholesaler Central Grocers broke ground on a new DC, it opted for a number of environmentally (and economically) attractive options. Among them: hydrogen fuel cellpowered lift trucks.
calling out the cavalry
Baffled by confusing parcel rates and accessorial charge creep? Parcel consultants are happy to help make sense of things.
get more bang from your pick-to-light buck
Here's how to get the most out of your pick-to-light investment.
the voice of the middleman: interview with Robert Voltmann
The brokers who used to hang around truck stops have been replaced by sophisticated transportation intermediaries who do an estimated $162 billion in business each year. It's Robert Voltmann's job to represent them.

Voices
Basic Training: we're consultants, and we've come to help ...
They're at every conference, on the Internet, and in all the trade publications, but who are these consultants and do they help or hinder?
Big Picture: iron butterflies
What happens to Chrysler and GM will have profound effects on supply chains far beyond the boundaries of those companies.
Outbound: will someone please hit the reset button?
Even in this day of near trillion dollar bailouts, $150 billion should still be enough to get people's attention.
Inbound
Friedmann's fearless forecast, 2009 edition
Washington insider offers his take on what lies ahead on the trade policy front.
big stuff? bring it on!
For project cargo specialists, shipping manufacturing plants, oil rigs, and even intact buildings is all in a day’s work.
10 tips for tough times
New booklet offers advice for cutting material handling costs.
Toyota makes a "treemendous" donation
Forklift manufacturer donates 57,000 trees to national and local parks.
pick up the phone and ... drive
iPhone makes its debut as a transportation management tool.
ProMat comes to you
The Material Handling Industry of America is now offering all of the show's educational sessions as webinars.
Mecalux closes on purchase of Interlake assets
Mecalux, a designer and maker of storage systems, has acquired for $30 million the assets of UFC Interlake.
Newsworthy
RFID survey: mixed signals
DC VELOCITY survey shows that despite all the talk, many companies have still not embraced the technology.
supply chain proficiency seen as key to long-term survival
New study suggests that using supply chain management strategies to respond to economic changes may boost companies’ chances of survival.
cargo theft rises in 2008, reflecting downturn
As the economy slumped, the theft of full truckloads climbed 13 percent over 2007 levels last year.
USPS to launch LTL service
Under a pilot program that begins May 6, the Postal Service will accept LTL shipments on a space-available basis.
importers win Lacey Act concessions
USDA revises documentation requirements for importers of wood and plant-based products.