Table of Contents: September 2010

Software that can help you make smarter moves
You may think you're good at picking the lowest-cost carrier. But chances are, a TMS can do it better.
Working to keep cargo airlines aloft Working to keep cargo airlines aloft
The head of the Cargo Airline Association sometimes zigs when official Washington zags. But few in town can match Steve Alterman's grasp of aviation, regulation, and the law.
How to write a Vested Outsourcing contract
Vested Outsourcing offers the potential for jaw-dropping savings and efficiencies. But it requires rethinking the way you contract with your supplier for services.
Meet the supply chain's young blood Meet the supply chain's young blood
Today's up-and-coming supply chain professionals are no-nonsense, results-oriented types who are eager to make a splash. But recruiters take note: It's going to take more than money to snag one.
Survey: Forklift fleet management programs still a work in progress Survey: Forklift fleet management programs still a work in progress
Our exclusive survey shows that lift truck fleet managers are making a stab at gathering performance data on their vehicles. But they're not always making good use of the info they collect.
Three steps to better shipment labeling
It may sound like a slam-dunk, but producing labels that are both readable and comply with customers' requirements can be something of a trick. Here are some tips.

Voices
Big Picture: The unsung heroes of end-of-the-line logistics
My hat is off to the skilled ferry pilots and truck drivers who pull off dazzling feats of agility every day to deliver supplies to out-of-the-way places like Martha's Vineyard.
Fastlane: An LSP's bill of rights (and obligations)
It seems everybody has advice for clients on how to work successfully with a logistics service provider. But there's not much out there for providers.
Basic Training: It's time to get real about the multi-generational workforce
The laws of human behavior tell us that each generation will bring its unique attitudes, perspectives, and values to the workplace. So why are we always so surprised to discover it?
Techwatch: "Software ecosystems" could change how you buy software
Emerging software movement could mean more choices, easier deployment for logistics, supply chain managers.
Outbound: Are tolls answer to road funding woes?
Efforts to shore up the nation's crumbling infrastructure have produced exactly nothing to date. Perhaps it's time to try something new.
Inbound
Toyota exec: Electric forklift market on the rebound
High gas prices, environmental concerns are lifting demand for electric vehicles, says TMHU president.
Zappos.com hosts online tour of its DC
Shoe and apparel retailer offers consumers a peek at how their orders are filled with a guided online "tour" of its main DC.
Forklifts earn design accolades, inspire artwork
One manufacturer's lift trucks are recognized for their sleek design; another company's new model inspires an unusual piece of art.
Getting idled ships, aircraft back in service is neither fast nor easy
As cargo volumes recover, carriers begin long, slow process of putting mothballed ships and airplanes back to work.
Newsworthy
Truck group opposes freight bill
ATA says legislation provides inadequate funding for highway improvement.
Supply chain contemplates post-recession future
Opinion divided on whether supply chain will change modus operandi based on lessons learned from downturn.
Going to the dogs: industry presses TSA to use K-9s for air-cargo screening
TSA said to be considering pilot test of bomb-sniffing dogs sometime this fall.
Arrow Air to auction off assets
Bankruptcy filing closes book on cargo airline's checkered history.
TNT to split mail, express businesses
Transport giant's announcement may set up bidding war among rival express firms.
YRC reports improved Q2 results
Despite performance gains, LTL giant's longer-term outlook remains uncertain.
Dematic to acquire HK Systems
Purchase of Wisconsin company would give Luxembourg-based Dematic an expanded presence in North America.
Senate bill would up truck weight limit
Legislation would allow states to raise truck gross vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds.
Senate bill would give rails tax credits for expanding capacity
Measure includes 25% credit for qualifying investments in equipment, infrastructure.
Diesel-use index points to steady economic growth
Pickup in truckers' fuel purchases touted as sign of continued economic recovery.
MHIA to launch new trade show in 2012
Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) says first MODEX trade show and conference will be held in Atlanta.
First week of new air security regime passes with few hitches
Survey of airfreight forwarders shows majority experienced no service disruptions or only minor snags.