Table of Contents: June 2010

Offshoring to Mexico? Look before you leap
When they think about relocating offshore operations to Mexico, most companies focus on the supply chain benefits. What they should be looking at are the challenges.
FedEx, UPS labor showdown nears
For years, the two have wrangled over the labor status of FedEx's air operations. Now, the fight is coming to a head on Capitol Hill.
Pharma supplier gets records in ship shape
West International couldn't afford the complex IT systems needed for tracking the drugs it supplies to cruise ships. Then it found an "on demand" program that does everything it needs and more.
Keeping an eye on our roads
As head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's transportation infrastructure programs, Janet Kavinoky balances the roles of lobbyist and policymaker—and does it all under the watchful eye of legendary Chamber CEO Tom Donohue.
Plugging the leaks at your loading dock
Chances are, your loading dock has become a prime escape route for heated and cooled air. But there are steps you can take to cut your losses.
Voices
Security Brief: The truth about security technologies
The pitch is that the right technology can prevent—or at least expose—internal theft in your warehouse or DC. Don't believe it.
Fastlane: Inland waterways face infrastructure crisis of their own
With all the furor over crumbling roads and bridges, it's easy to forget about our deteriorating locks and dams.
Techwatch: Revolutionary goggles show warehouse workers the way
Imagine having special glasses that provide precise visual directions to order pickers. Such a device could be available in the not-too-distant future.
Outbound: Proposed truck regs would come at a cost
Measures pending in Washington could lead to an unprecedented run-up in truckers' operating costs. That would be bad news for shippers.
Inbound
What's hot in material handling?
If the recent NA2010 Show is any indication, it's integrated solutions, scaled-down versions of hardware and software, and systems aimed at regulatory compliance.
Free guide to buying material handling equipment
Looking to compare the costs of different system configurations? A newly revised pocket guide—and its companion online version—can provide some answers.
LogistXGames to test contestants' material handling mettle
Teams in three cities will compete in such exotic events as the Pallet Jack Relay and Forklift Marathon.
Solar project brings big payoff for freight forwarder
Solar panels provide nearly all the electricity needed at Seko Worldwide's Portland, Ore., office and warehouse facility.
Students vie for supply chain honors
RedPrairie Supply Chain Challenge tests students' skills at managing a virtual supply chain from start to finish.
Yankees' shortstop gets some warehouse-style protection
After three of Derek Jeter's teammates ended up on the injured list, the makers of Bubble Wrap offered their help protecting the star from harm.
Newsworthy
C.H. Robinson posts strong Q1 results
3PL giant's volumes rise, but profits dip. Declining margins reflect tightening capacity.
Averitt Express launches intermodal service
LTL carrier will partner with five major U.S. railroads to provide service throughout country.
DOT report: Condition of U.S. highways, bridges has improved in last decade
Report's findings run counter to conventional wisdom that U.S. infrastructure is systemically falling apart.
ProLogis to lease solar-paneled rooftop space to SoCal Edison
Developer will supply California utility with 11.1 megawatts of power from panels on five buildings.
Study: Intermodal share of long-haul freight at record levels
Railroads continued to gain ground against over-the-road trucks in Q1, says FTR.
RedPrairie buys SmartTurn
Acquisition will allow RedPrairie to add software-as-a-service WMS to its logistics software suite.
Con-way plans 5 million share offering
Move seen as bid to fund new truck buys; analysts voice concern over equity dilution.
Program to reduce truck emissions at nation's ports unveiled
Anti-pollution effort will begin at ports in the Southeast that don't have clean truck programs in place.
Lending to smaller truckers picking up, survey says
An increase in the number of loans that banks are granting to trucking firms hints that the recovery is gaining strength.
DHL holds own version of "Undercover Boss"
DC Velocity goes along for the ride as top DHL execs make daily rounds with couriers ... and get some frank feedback from customers.
Arrow Electronics to buy Converge in bid to expand reverse logistics footprint
Analyst describes deal as biggest so far in the logistics mergers and acquisitions category.
Teamsters at ABF reject wage deal
Defeat of proposed wage cut agreement leaves ABF at significant cost disadvantage to rival YRC Worldwide.