Table of Contents: February 2011

Study examines shippers' views on port performance
New research suggests that seaports' customers care more about responsiveness than about infrastructure and efficiency.
Belt-tightening tips for conveyor owners Belt-tightening tips for conveyor owners
Buying a conveyor is just the beginning of a long and expensive relationship. But there are plenty of things you can do to keep your long-term costs in check.
A trade expert's take on what's brewing in Washington A trade expert's take on what's brewing in Washington
In the contentious world of trade policymaking, says Washington lobbyist Peter Friedmann, nothing goes down without a fight. That includes the president's push to bolster exports and promote trade.
Game time for FedEx Freight
One week before Super Bowl XLV, FedEx Freight is taking the field with a service it claims will forever change the LTL game. Can it deliver?
What's the future for family-owned 3PLs? What's the future for family-owned 3PLs?
Family-owned businesses have a long and proud history in the third-party logistics market. But now some are wondering if their day is over.

Voices
Basic Training: Winners and losers in the post-recession rally
Which companies will prosper and which will languish? It's all about how they handled the downturn.
Big Picture: Five trends that are reshaping the global economy
Spotting trends and acting on them is a crucial part of long-term business success. Here‚‚ā¨‚ĄĘs one consultant‚‚ā¨‚ĄĘs take on developments that bear watching.
Techwatch: Software that helps you get the most from your SCE apps
If your WMS and TMS don't work together, you could be missing out on big savings opportunities. New "optimization" software promises to fix that.
Fastlane: Export initiative could be supply chain nightmare
The president's push to double U.S. exports in five years could stimulate the economy and create 2 million new jobs. It could also be our ticket to gridlock of epic proportions.
Outbound: Contrarian approach can be most direct path to success
When everybody else was hunkered down for the recession, Blackman Plumbing embarked on a two-year spending spree. It's not as crazy as it might sound.
Inbound
Musicians find inspiration in ... freight
A surprising number of musicians have written songs about freight transportation. Here are a few examples.
Upcoming CONECT conference promises the scoop on international trade
Event will offer "off the record" insights into Washington legislative scene as well as practical information regarding operations.
APICS report shows younger women closing pay gap
Smallest salary disparities found among workers under 35.
Pink forklift raises money for the cure
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks of Houston sells pink forklift to raise funds, awareness of male breast cancer.
S&OP meetings likened to murder trials
Supply chain tech analyst—and sometime juror—Adrian Gonzalez says the two have more in common than you might think.
GSA launches green supply chain initiative
After years of talking "green," the federal government jumps in the game.
Unmanned aircraft could see use in cargo applications
Drones are making the leap from battlefield to domestic law enforcement; air cargo assignments may soon follow.
What keeps 3PL chiefs up at night?
Survey reveals most pressing concerns of big players in contract logistics services market.
Newsworthy
Congress re-authorizes program to fund replacement, retrofit of aging diesel engines
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act to be extended for five more years.
Truckers slam FMCSA driver hours proposal
ATA calls new safety rules an effort to "break something that isn't broken."
RedPrairie buys retail software provider SofTechnics
Acquisition adds mobile price and inventory management services to company's retail platform.
Former executive director of NASSTRAC passes away
Joseph Cutrona, who led shipper group through transportation deregulation, dies at age 90.
Transportation marketing group expands focus
Transportation Marketing and Communications Association changes name, now open to transportation sales professionals.
Arrow Electronics launches reverse logistics service
ReSolve service will help tech manufacturers determine which returns can be salvaged and which should be scrapped.
LaHood seeks to thaw U.S.-Mexico truck freeze
DOT unveils plan to end standoff over cross-border trucking, but contentious debate may lie ahead.
Intermec to acquire Vocollect
Acquisition will allow Intermec to bolster its presence in warehousing market.
U.S., Mexican officials meeting to resolve cross-border truck fight
Aim is to end two-year standoff over access by Mexican trucks to U.S. highways.
After two-year storm, SMC3 attendees enter 2011 with high hopes
Conference attendees bullish on growth, despite specter of rising rates.
Can Ray LaHood make good on transport reauthorization?
Stars may be aligned, but doubts remain about timetable.