Table of Contents: January 2010

Survey: DCs shift to "recovery mode"
Respondents to DC Velocity's 2010 Outlook Survey are guardedly optimistic about the economy. But they're not easing up on their cost-cutting efforts just yet.
Pricing turmoil clouds outlook for LTL market
Are rate wars putting truckers on a path to self-destruction?
Training, enforcement called key to reducing forklift accidents Training, enforcement called key to reducing forklift accidents
Advanced safety equipment can help, but the real key to reducing lift-truck accidents lies in training and enforcement.
Disaster planning for DC operations Disaster planning for DC operations
Your company may be prepared for fires, floods, and labor strikes. But does it have a plan for dealing with material handling system breakdowns?
An insider's take on the great highway debate: interview with Mortimer L. Downey III An insider's take on the great highway debate: interview with Mortimer L. Downey III
When it comes to handicapping the upcoming battle over highway spending, veteran public servant turned consultant Mort Downey may have the ultimate inside track.
Commentary: Firearms are our best defense against pirates Commentary: Firearms are our best defense against pirates
The decision to arm merchant ships may carry some risks. But it also appears to be our best hope for keeping crew members out of harm's way.

Voices
Fastlane: Interest in fleet ownership holding steady
Despite current glut of trucking capacity, companies continue to weigh private fleet option.
Basic Training: The secrets of effective execution
There's a lot more to getting the job done than just giving orders.
Techwatch: What your WMS vendor doesn't want you to know
When it comes to providing support for warehouse management software, third-party maintenance firms can offer an attractive, low-cost alternative to vendors.
Big Picture: Logistics community remains rattled but resilient
If there's a bright side to the economic miseries of 2009, it's in the personal resilience and fortitude I've seen from so many in this industry.
Outbound: Five lessons learned from a painful 2009
As we begin a new year, it's a good time to reflect on some of the lessons learned during 2009 so we can avoid repeating these mistakes as our economy stabilizes.
Inbound
Artist turns pallets into outdoor sculptures
Some artists use palettes, but for one New Zealand sculptor, it's all about pallets.
U.S. Chamber: International trade can help get U.S. economy moving
U.S. Chamber of Commerce official calls global trade "a stimulus package in itself."
Once again, there's a Pagonis on the (logistics) job in Iraq
Son of famed general is one of the logistics experts charged with coordinating the removal of equipment from U.S. military bases.
The next big thing in RFID: green tags?
Dutch company launches project to develop tags that are both smart and green.
"Lean" consultants take their work home with them ... literally
Think "lean" is just for manufacturing or logistics operations? Think again.
After nosedive, industrial real estate giant is ready for recovery
Quick, drastic action saved ProLogis from disaster. Now, top executives say business is on track for a rebound.
Newsworthy
YRC sells off part of logistics unit
Greatwide Logistics Services acquires YRC Logistics' U.S. dedicated contract carriage business in $34 million deal.
Analyst: UPS's announced 2010 rate hikes may not tell the tale
Analysis by parcel consultant shows that in many cases, actual increases will be higher than the company has publicly disclosed.
RedPrairie to go public
Supply chain management software and systems specialist announces plans for an initial public offering.
Gartner buys AMR Research in bid to boost supply chain consulting exposure
Market research firm Gartner will acquire AMR Research in bid to boost supply chain consulting exposure.
FedEx Ground to increase 2010 rates by 4.9 percent
Rate increases for FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery services take effect Jan. 4.
Index hints at freight recovery
Key monthly index of U.S. shipping activity shows modest improvement in November.
USPS launches sweeping re-evaluation of business model
U.S. Postal Service says "bold changes" are needed to stem losses.
FedEx to post better-than-expected Q2 earnings
Shipping giant says improving domestic ground, air express volumes helped drive gains.
YRC to be dropped from Dow transports index
Dow Jones says it is removing YRC because of carrier's financial restructuring plans.
Report: Berkshire to be sued over BNSF purchase
A class-action lawsuit is being readied challenging Berkshire Hathaway's proposed acquisition of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway on the grounds that the deal price is too low, according to a published report.
FMC reverses policy on unlicensed ocean intermediaries
Court ruling compels Federal Maritime Commission to open door for relationships between licensed, unlicensed ocean intermediaries.
YRC pushes back deadline for equity deal
YRC Worldwide extends debt-for-equity swap deadline after initial push fails.
Con-way Truckload to enter intermodal arena
Truckload hauler says it will launch intermodal service in 2010 on an as-yet-undisclosed traffic lane along the Eastern Seaboard.
Index: Truckload rates remain at or below 2000-02 levels
North American Truck Load Rate Index shows that truckload rates on many key traffic lanes have risen little—if at all —since 2000-02.
YRC again pushes back deadline for equity deal
YRC Worldwide extends deadline for debt-for-equity swap for second time, amid hope deal could be struck soon.
YRC extends debt swap deadline for third time
Goldman may come to the rescue as trucker's fate hangs in the balance.
Schneider converts entire fleet to containers
Trucking and logistics giant says energy, cost advantages will make containers "the intermodal standard in the very near future."
Air-cargo capacity crunch to last into spring
Demand for international air-freight service expected to remain high right through traditional first-quarter slump.
LTL carriers still locked in rate battle
Despite problems with excess capacity, several large players have maintained aggressive pricing stance.