Table of Contents: March 2010

An inside look at Jackson Family Wines' new eco-friendly DC
It's already acclaimed for its sustainable farming and water conservation practices. But Jackson Family Wines took its eco-initiatives to a whole new level last year when it built a sprawling, earth-friendly DC.
Has collaborative distribution's time come? Has collaborative distribution's time come?
For all its potential, the "collaborative distribution" concept has yet to live up to its billing. Some say that's about to change.
For competitive edge, try "flipping" your thinking
Forget the tried and true, says Peter Sheahan. Sometimes, success lies in turning everything you know about business on its head.
Shipper jitters lift TMS sales Shipper jitters lift TMS sales
Despite a lackluster economy, sales of transportation management software remain surprisingly strong. But it's not optimism that's fueling the growth; it's fear of the future.
10 tips for improving piece picking 10 tips for improving piece picking
If your DC is typical, you're probably doing more piece picking today than you did a decade ago. Here are some tips for improving that part of your operation.
Lego's game-changing move Lego's game-changing move
The toymaker's bold decision to serve Europe and Asia from a single DC in the Czech Republic cut logistics costs by 20 percent. But bringing the new operation up to Western European standards wasn't exactly child's play.

Voices
Big Picture: Going green one DC at a time
As the public policy debate over global warming continues, sustainability initiatives in business seem alive and well. There are good reasons for that.
Basic Training: Turnaround hopes hinge on "supply chain relevance"
Reviving an ailing community is not about building a skilled workforce. It's about offering a relevant value-adding slot in a viable supply chain.
Techwatch: Software that tracks your carbon (so you can cut it)
New carbon mapping software measures the CO2 generated by your supply chain and suggests ways to reduce it.
Outbound: Passenger rail initiative could give boost to freight
In addition to saving fuel and cutting emissions, proposed high-speed rail network would free up more track for freight.
Inbound
American Airlines offers frequent flyer miles to ... cargo shippers
Business ExtrAA program lets cargo shippers earn travel rewards for booking air freight shipments.
Truckers to salute "women behind the wheel"
Women truck drivers will be whooping it up at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
Warehouse software now includes WERC benchmark metrics
Next View Software has integrated the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) Benchmark Metrics into its Warehouse Management and Productivity solutions.
"Pop" culture icon turns 50
Bubble Wrap, the cushioning material best known for protecting products and providing stress relief to millions, celebrates its golden anniversary.
CSCMP seeks nominations for Distinguished Service Award
Know someone who's made a big contribution to the profession? Then consider nominating him or her for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2010 Distinguished Service Award.
iPhone app a no go for DCs
iPhone bar-code scanning app may be cheap, says one analyst, but it can't stand up to the rigors of warehouse operations.
Newsworthy
Report: trailer shipments hit 34-year low in '09
Shipments of U.S. trailers for heavy-duty rigs fell in 2009 to lowest level since 1975, according to ACT Research Inc.
C.H. Robinson joins ALAN as gold-level sponsor
Third-party logistics specialist signs on to support American Logistics Aid Network's humanitarian relief efforts.
ATA endorses trucker texting ban
Trucking group applauds ban on texting by commercial drivers, urges DOT to extend ban to all motorists.
Customs begins enforcing 10 + 2 rule with gentler touch than expected
Agency surprises import community by adopting relatively lenient approach to implementing import filing standards.
International services power UPS to strong fourth-quarter profits
Strength in high-margin international parcel business offset weakness in transport giant's supply chain and freight segments.
YRC loses nearly $900 million in 2009
Despite full-year losses, LTL giant reports sequential improvement in latter half of the year.
Cass freight index slips in January
Key index of U.S. shipping activity slid in January for second consecutive month. But year-over-year figures indicate improvement.
Private equity firm takes control of ocean e-commerce portal Inttra
Baltimore-based ABS Capital Partners acquires 51 percent ownership stake with $30 million investment.
Study: intermodal broke market share record against trucks in fourth quarter
FTR Associates analysis shows latest gains driven by international freight volumes.
Schneider to add more than 2,000 regional drivers by year's end
Trucking and logistics giant to hire drivers in all five of its geographic regions in response to unanticipated demand.
BNSF shareholders OK Berkshire acquisition
Buffett: "Looking forward to every day" of ownership
YRC gets financing to pay off debt
Deal clears way for carrier to remain financially and operationally viable throughout 2010.
Logistics M&A seen poised for rebound
After a dismal 2009, experts foresee larger deals, more transactions in 2010.