Table of Contents: January 2011

Survey: DCs still in survival mode
Respondents to DC Velocity's 2011 Outlook Survey are cautiously optimistic about the economy. But they're not ready to throttle down their cost-cutting efforts just yet.
Lift truck makers to customers: Ask, and (maybe) ye shall receive Lift truck makers to customers: Ask, and (maybe) ye shall receive
Have a suggestion for improving the lift trucks you operate? Then speak up! You just might get what you asked for.
Eight steps to successful systems integration
Looking at a systems integration project in your DC? Here are some tips for keeping the project running smoothly and on schedule.
How to set up a green transport program with your carriers: interview with Deverl Maserang How to set up a green transport program with your carriers: interview with Deverl Maserang
Internal sustainability programs will only get you so far, says Deverl Maserang of Chiquita Brands. But bring your carriers into the effort, and you stand to make noteworthy gains.

Voices
Big Picture: Businesses turn blind eye to supply chain risk
Despite high rates of supply chain disruptions, companies are still dragging their heels on risk planning.
Techwatch: Software advances could change replenishment game
Real-time forecasting systems promise to help retailers get stocking right.
Basic Training: The art of good supply chain relationships
Are your relationships all about you and your need to drive added revenue? If so, you have your eye on the wrong ball.
Fastlane: Top 10 logistics challenges for 2011 (and beyond)
The experts tell us the economy is improving, but the logistics/supply chain community will still face challenges throughout the year. Here's what to watch for.
Outbound: Logistics helps ease recessionary pain
It's been credited with softening the impact of the 2001 recession. Now, logistics is earning kudos for helping retailers survive the latest meltdown.
Problem Solved: Problem: Getting a WMS up and running in a hurry
The solution for golf cart maker Club Car was implementing an on-demand WMS.
Inbound
Call for Rainmakers nominations
Know someone who's making a difference in the world of logistics? DC Velocity would like to hear about him or her.
Logistics, warehousing conferences focus on operations and leadership
Practical instruction and leadership advice will be offered at upcoming educational programs.
Zero-gravity device promises to make heavy lifting a breeze
Mechanical arm technology lets workers move heavy objects as though they were weightless.
Newsworthy
Swift Transportation sets IPO terms
Long-planned initial public offering is expected to raise $943 million.
Greening of transportation called necessary, possible, and profitable
The global transportation industry could cut carbon footprint, costs just by using readily available technology, says green business specialist.
TNT formally announces plans to sell express unit
Offering could trigger bidding war among the three largest global express companies.
Congress extends FAA funding to March 31
Fate of controversial FedEx labor measure remains unresolved.
FedEx to raise ground parcel, home delivery rates
Increases to take effect Jan. 3.
George Prest joins MHIA staff
Industry veteran will serve as group's COO.
Diesel-use index rises in November
Despite improvement, managers remain skeptical about sustained gains.
U.S. industrial property sector continues recovery
JLL report shows strongest growth in markets that serve as distribution hubs.
First driver safety ratings yield mixed results for carriers
Eight out of 23 companies receive scores that could warrant federal government involvement in their operations.
Saddle Creek buys warehousing, fulfillment operator
Move marks second acquisition in just over a year.
Judge dismisses ABF suit against YRC, Teamsters
Ruling seen as harsh blow to ABF's efforts to stay competitive.