Table of Contents: November 2009

Panama project threatens West Coast ports' lock on Asia trade
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are already feeling the squeeze from higher costs and weaker volumes. Now, they face a new challenge from an expanded Panama Canal.
Are grocers ripe for automation? Are grocers ripe for automation?
After years of holding out, a few big grocers have reversed course and begun automating their DCs. Now the question is, will others follow suit?
"Waste to gold" programs get greener "Waste to gold" programs get greener
In the past, companies formulated their recycling strategies with more thought to cost than to environmental impact. That's starting to change.
How one pharma distributor beat the drug pedigree blues
Drug pedigree laws almost forced the Harvard Drug Group out of business. But software and a high-speed voice system saved the day.
Cost pressures boost interest in lift truck fleet management services Cost pressures boost interest in lift truck fleet management services
As they struggle with costs in a down economy, lift truck fleet managers are turning to outside specialists for help.
Piracy puts global shippers in dire straits Piracy puts global shippers in dire straits
Piracy off the Somali coast threatens one of the world's most important shipping lanes. And the threat's not going away anytime soon.

Voices
Big Picture: Selling your CEO on logistics
You know the supply chain can be a powerful competitive lever, but chances are, your CEO still doesn't get it. Here are some things you can do to change that.
Fastlane: The 411 on "10+2"
More than eight months after it took effect, the "10+2" cargo security initiative is still unfamiliar to much of the shipping community. Here's what you need to know.
Basic Training: The case for "revergonomics"
Traditional ergonomics can go a long way toward protecting workers, but "revergonomics" can protect both workers and profits.
Techwatch: Next from open source: warehousing apps
Low- or no-cost warehouse management systems are beginning to emerge. But experts warn they're not for everyone.
Outbound: Even in down economy, CSCMP conference offers solid returns
In good times and bad, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' Annual Global Conference keeps hitting it out of the park.
Inbound
"Smart" heaters help truckers beat the chill
New high-tech heating units let truckers protect cargo from freezing without running afoul of anti-idling regs.
Forklifts, conveyors get glam?
All of a sudden, material handling equipment is showing up on network television and in glossy mags.
"Dinosaur" handhelds still at large in logistics operations
Contest to find the world's oldest working bar-code device uncovers clunky units from the era of shag carpeting and disco balls.
Pittsburgh puts best foot—er, wheel—forward
Pittsburgh shows its high-tech face to G-20 guests with display that includes "smart" warehouse robots.
Want a safe warehouse? Think pink!
APL Logistics facility takes unusual approach to keeping employees in the pink.
Despite downturn, logistics businesses show fast growth
Inc. magazine's annual list of the nation's fastest-growing companies includes plenty of logistics industry players—and this magazine.
Nobel Prize winner has supply chain connections
Recipient of 2009 economics prize has published research on the economics of supply chain outsourcing.
Students battle to design warehouse
Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and RIT snatch top honors.
Newsworthy
Electronic invoicing comes to ocean shipping
GT Nexus, Citigroup team up to give ocean sector the same electronic payment services now available to air-freight players.
Truckers get approval for collective ratemaking
DOJ gives regional LTL alliance the green light to collaborate on joint services, pricing.
3PL to target SMB players
Transplace says it will expand focus beyond Fortune 1,000 shippers to include small to mid-sized players.
WERC, DC VELOCITY team up to run WIRE 2010
Trade show featuring wide array of warehouse-related software, equipment, and services will be held in conjunction with group's annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., in May.
Ten years after IPO, Big Brown still trying to deliver
It thundered out of the gate in its 1999 IPO, but today UPS remains stuck in the slow lane.
Sharks circle as YRC struggles to stay afloat
Rivals slash rates in effort to lure customers away from beleaguered LTL carrier.
USPS: no rate hikes for standard mail in 2010
Postal Service freezes rates for letters but remains mum on plans for Express and Priority services.
Averitt reportedly in intermodal discussions with BN, CSX
Industry source says the rails have "put a push" on the LTL hauler for more intermodal freight.
UPS "encouraged" by signs of economic recovery
Company execs cite "firming volume" in third quarter as basis for cautious optimism.