Table of Contents: April 2011

Savannah's inflection point
Without funds and approval for a critical harbor deepening project, the Georgia seaport faces an uncertain future. Right now, it has neither.
WERC/DC Velocity study: Economic recovery hasn't derailed DC performance
Latest edition of "metrics" survey shows warehouses, DCs held onto gains from prior years despite pickup in volume.
The gadfly: interview with Ken Paff The gadfly: interview with Ken Paff
Working from the inside, Ken Paff has brought about reforms that give Teamster members more say in the running of their union. Now, he's working to eject the old guard and bring in new leadership.
Before you move to the cloud ...
Yes, it's possible to use a cloud-based WMS to run an automated facility, say the experts. But there are some important issues to address first.
Getting transportation right
Marketing services specialist Archway had its internal processes and services in good order. Transportation was another story ... until a third-party specialist arrived.
Propane: Not just for lift trucks anymore
While many in the logistics world still think of propane as a fuel for forklifts, that's only part of the story. It's also being used as a clean, cheap source of power for over-the-road trucks.
Voices
Basic Training: Gain sharing, pain sharing, and the games people play
A well-crafted gain sharing arrangement can pay off for decades. The key is avoiding these common traps.
Fastlane: Vetting an LSP? Ask it to show you the money
Although it sometimes gets short shrift, financial due diligence is an important part of choosing a logistics service provider. Here are some tips.
Techwatch: Hey, your GPS is ringing
The introduction of truck navigation apps for smart phones is making computer-directed routing affordable for even the smallest independent trucker.
Outbound: Alan Estevez nominated for key DOD post
To us, there's never been any doubt that Alan Estevez knows logistics. Now it's becoming apparent that his work has not gone unnoticed at the very highest levels of government.
Big Picture: The end of our economic winter of discontent?
Although the recovery still seems fragile to me, there are plenty of signs in our neck of the woods that business is finally turning around.
Inbound
Propane-fueled forklifts catch a (tax) break
Operators of propane-fueled forklifts may qualify for a fuel-tax credit that's retroactive to January 2010. But don't delay—the application deadline is Aug. 1.
Mini-pallets take industrial chic to new heights
A Spanish firm is marketing drink coasters shaped like euro-pallets.
CSCMP Europe Conference 2011: two events for the price of one
Participants in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' Europe Conference can attend Europe's second-largest logistics trade show at no additional cost.
New website lets shippers rate their 3PLs
At 3PLAdvisor.com, customers can anonymously post reviews of third-party logistics service providers.
Students get "schooled" on logistics, material handling
Carrier, dock equipment maker, and professional group provide services, resources to high school and college students.
St. Louis airport boosts global cargo capabilities
Move over, Los Angeles. St. Louis aims to boost its share of international air-cargo traffic.
Toyota to offer discounted forklift training to veterans
The new Giving Veterans a Lift program will make safety training available through company's dealers.
Merchant shipping inspires balladeers
Iron ore carriers, barges, and the St. Lawrence Seaway provide inspiration for songs both stirring and fun.
Newsworthy
Obama, Calderon announce deal to end U.S.-Mexico truck fight
Agreement would end two-year standoff over access by Mexican truckers to U.S. highways.
Study shows pickup in transport/logistics M&A activity
Q4 2010 saw spike in global "mega-deals," according to PwC report.
A penny for your thoughts? When it comes to diesel prices, don't ask.
Spiking oil prices put fuel surcharges front and center of discussions between shippers and truckers.
Huge Charleston-area DC changes ownership
US Industrial REIT III buys 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center.
Cargo insurance mandate to end March 21
Without 11th-hour congressional intervention, truckers will no longer be required by DOT to carry cargo liability coverage.
YRC's restructuring chief pulling down $80K a month, filing says
News accompanies disclosure that ailing carrier missed a restructuring milestone.
FedEx issues bullish Q4 outlook
Despite dip in Q3 profits, shipping giant forecasts strong growth in current quarter.