Table of Contents: May 2010

A journey through hell in Haiti
When John T. "Jock" Menzies of the American Logistics Aid Network visited earthquake-ravaged Haiti in March, he had an abstract idea of what he would encounter. Being face to face with the reality was another matter.
Crisis at YRC having ripple effect on labor Crisis at YRC having ripple effect on labor
YRC's troubles are taking employees, the Teamsters' freight division, and the multi-employer pension system for a wild ride.
LGVs take big bite out of costs at Del Monte's pet food DC LGVs take big bite out of costs at Del Monte's pet food DC
A year ago, Del Monte Foods had to send out a lift truck and driver whenever it needed something retrieved at its pet food DC. Now, all it takes is a vehicle.
A lobbyist's-eye view of the Washington transport scene A lobbyist's-eye view of the Washington transport scene
Two decades after leaving DOT's top job, James H. Burnley remains plugged into the Washington transportation scene. And he's concerned about some of what he sees.
Hybrid ocean/LTL services reportedly floating importers' boats Hybrid ocean/LTL services reportedly floating importers' boats
New combined ocean/LTL services that are faster than all-water but cheaper than air are proving a hit with importers.
Commentary: For U.S. Marines, going green can save lives Commentary: For U.S. Marines, going green can save lives
Researchers at the U.S. Marines' new test lab are looking at ways to conserve water and energy at operating bases in Afghanistan. It's not just a PR initiative; their efforts could save lives.
Shippers use software to tame inventory monster Shippers use software to tame inventory monster
Visibility tools that keep an eye on inventory across multiple locations, including goods in transit, are proving a powerful weapon in the battle to reduce stocks.
Distribution/logistics salaries show signs of recovery Distribution/logistics salaries show signs of recovery
After dropping from 2008 to 2009, salaries for distribution and logistics professionals have started to creep up again, according to DC Velocity's annual survey.

Voices
Fastlane: "Incoterms" one of the most valuable tools of the (foreign) trade
For companies doing business overseas, these standardized terms of sale cut down on confusion about who's responsible for what.
Basic Training: Reaching across the generational divide
Seasoned veterans and tech-savvy newcomers can make a powerful team. They just have to be open to the idea.
Techwatch: Middleware quickly closing the great software divide
The latest "middleware" programs have eased the hassles of getting different software apps to "talk" to each other. Developments now under way promise to make it easier still.
Outbound: For Murphy Warehouse Co., it's raining money
Minneapolis-based company's "green" stormwater management initiative has benefits that go well beyond the strictly environmental.
Big Picture: Value of logistics can't always be measured in dollars and cents
Those in the business know logistics is critical to business performance. What they may not know is how critical it can be to survival itself.
Basic Training: How to pick the right consultant
There's more to it than just finding someone who can help with the problem you're trying to solve. He or she also has to be simpático.
Big Picture: Kicking the oil habit one drop at a time
Supply chain managers alone can't cure our addiction to oil. But efforts like the SmartWay program and green DC design are steps in the right direction.
Inbound
Customs agency loses some of its clout
As an independent agency, Customs enjoyed power and influence. Once it was folded into DHS, that all changed.
Recession good for reverse logistics sector
New research shows downturn spurred demand for reverse logistics services.
Girl Scouts, DHL arrange very special delivery to troops overseas
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County team up with DHL Express to ship more than 1 million cookies to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bill Goodman (a.k.a. "Mr. Courier") to be inducted into industry Hall of Fame
Ceremony at Messenger Courier Association of America's annual meeting will recognize a long and storied career.
Newsworthy
UPS targets small, mid-sized shippers with "green" shipping initiative
"Smart Pickup" program will save fuel and cut carbon dioxide emissions, company executives say.
Canal expansion fuels Panama's hopes of becoming supply chain powerhouse
Canal Authority executive says goal is to make country a major trans-shipment center.
Environmentalists challenge Upper Mississippi waterway project
Opponents of plan to upgrade navigation system say it's neither economically viable nor ecologically sound.
Trucking recovery on fragile footing, 3PL executives tell analysts
Leaders of three large 3PLs say truckers unlikely to see volume growth, rate relief in 2010.
Truck rig demand seen tepid throughout 2010
Orders for heavy-duty trucks won't pick up until 2011, says report from FTR Associates.
DOT proposes rules permanently banning texting while driving by truck, bus drivers
Proposed rule would make permanent an interim texting ban announced in January.
U.S. manufacturing grows at fastest pace since '04
Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for March shows 8th consecutive month of improvement, fastest growth rate in nearly six years.
TCC an exporter's friend in need
Exporters involved in trade disputes can turn to the International Trade Administration's Trade Compliance Center for help.
Toyota brings lift truck brands closer together
Toyota Industries realigns businesses to forge stronger alliance between Toyota and Raymond brands.
U.S. companies can succeed in China, but it won't be easy
Finding constructive ways to address restrictive Chinese government policies will be key to future export growth, says Erin Ennis of the U.S.-China Business Council.
Diesel prices hit 17-month high
Average price exceeds $3 a gallon for first time since late '08
DOT kills Pennsylvania toll plan
Federal regulators reject proposal to impose tolls on vehicles traveling on Interstate 80 through the state.
A journey through hell in Haiti
When John T. "Jock" Menzies of the American Logistics Aid Network visited earthquake-ravaged Haiti in March, he had an abstract idea of what he would encounter. Being face to face with the reality was another matter.
Material handling sector begins long road to recovery
After a steep drop-off in 2009, demand for material handling equipment will show incremental growth in 2010, trade group says.
Former head of SAP joins GT Nexus board
Léo Apotheker, ex-CEO of German business software developer, will serve on board of U.S.-based global trade software firm.
Office Depot transport VP has no fear of parcel "duopoly"
Emergence of smaller parcel delivery firms will keep FedEx and UPS from running wild in U.S. market, exec tells NLDC conference in Atlanta.
New diesel-use index points to broad U.S. recovery
Indicator based on truckers' credit card swipes shows economy rebounding faster than expected.