Table of Contents: August 2010

Women shattering logistics' glass ceiling
It's been a long slog, but women are finally making headway in assuming logistics leadership roles.
Failure to prescreen air freight could mean added costs, delays
An Aug. 1 deadline looms for screening all U.S. cargo carried in passenger aircraft. If more shippers don't sign on to the government's prescreening program, chaos could ensue.
Battery changing room "dos and don'ts" Battery changing room "dos and don'ts"
A poorly designed or managed lift-truck battery changing room could cost you money and create safety risks. Here are some tips on how to get it right.
Voice system smoothes order flow in beverage distributor's DCs
A voice picking system solved problems that had long been brewing in Odom Corp.'s beverage distribution operation. Two years later, an equipment upgrade made things even better.
Keeping the military mighty: interview with Alan Estevez Keeping the military mighty: interview with Alan Estevez
Alan Estevez is responsible for making sure U.S. troops have exactly what they need when they need it, no matter where they are on the planet.
Automated system helps grocery DC make smarter picks Automated system helps grocery DC make smarter picks
An integrated order picking system has slashed labor costs, boosted throughput, and virtually eliminated errors at KeHe Distributors' new DC. And it used ordinary technologies to do it.
Voices
Big Picture: Don't underestimate the challenges of recovery
The recession may be receding, but shippers may still have a lot of tough decisions to make.
Fastlane: Oil industry at least gets transportation right
No one needs a reminder of what oil industry is doing wrong. But there is one thing it's doing right.
Basic Training: There's more to logistics than moving freight
We spend a lot of time figuring out the best way to move goods to market. Shouldn't we also be thinking about how to get people to work and make business travel more efficient?
Techwatch: WMS market headed for a split
With more than 200 vendors, the warehousing software market is due for a shakeout. When the dust settles, it's likely just two categories of players will remain.
Outbound: Is that an iPad in your warehouse?
Consumer technologies are showing up in warehouses and DCs, where they're driving double-digit performance gains.
Inbound
"Weatherwise" dock equipment now available
Is your DC located in an area that gets lots of sun or is prone to hurricanes? These new dock products may be for you.
Material handling aficionados can link up through LinkedIn
Connect with other material handling professionals through MHIA's LinkedIn group.
CSCMP to offer pre-conference workshops
Short courses on supply chain fundamentals, strategic issues will be offered prior to group's Annual Global Conference in San Diego.
Transportation & Logistics Council offers special pricing on publications
Educational group's "in plain English" handbooks on freight claims, insurance, tariffs, and more are on sale through September.
APICS introduces "SCM basics" course for non-professionals
One-day seminar gives sales, marketing, and other professionals the lowdown on supply chain management.
Changes in Mexico affect cross-border shipping
Shippers may need new tactics to control rates and minimize cargo theft in Mexico, say Transplace Mexico executives.
Newsworthy
U.S. fastest-growing oil producer in '09, BP report finds
Analysis shows most of country's production gains came from Gulf of Mexico.
McCain introduces bill to repeal Jones Act
Critics say move would cost U.S. jobs and threaten national security.
Postal Service, Commerce Department launch joint exporting program
Initiative seeks to boost exporting by small and mid-sized companies.
At 23 cents a share, YRC stock is either dirt-cheap or bear trap
Trucker's Q2 results beat analysts' expectations, but LTL giant still faces daunting obstacles.
Raymond unveils first fuel cell-powered order-picker
United Natural Foods will be launch customer.
APL Logistics chief sees strength through peak season
3PL exec sees imports picking up; says parent company will expand use of 53-foot boxes to boost domestic capacity.
Survey: Truckers see credit crunch continuing
Lenders unlikely to loosen purse strings before year's end, carriers say.
GENCO to buy ATC Technology
The $512.6 million deal would make ATC Technology a subsidiary of the reverse logistics company.
Carriers applaud move to curb energy speculation
Truckers, airlines hail passage of financial reform bill as welcome step toward curtailing excessive speculative trading.
Bill would give freight voice in infrastructure planning
Measure introduced in Senate calls for national freight strategic plan, creation of freight office within DOT.
Parcel redux: FedEx follows UPS with bullish forecast
Memphis-based package giant raises quarterly projections, citing continuing strong demand. Analysts warn of rate hikes ahead for shippers.
Study: Recession spurred distribution network redesigns
Two-thirds of respondents to recent survey retooled networks as economy slumped.
Military, academic researchers successfully test robotic lift truck
Unmanned forklift developed for use in high-risk environments could find its way into commercial operations.