Table of Contents: September 2011

HSN makes a good buy
By investing in sophisticated productivity tools, HSN stepped up its fulfillment game as well as its value proposition to customers.
Stay ... just a little bit longer
In today's tight driver market, recruiting drivers is less of an issue than simply holding on to them.
Total recall
The North American produce industry is about to unveil a swift, efficient system for electronically tracing individual cases back through the supply chain. And it all starts with the humble label.
Seven must-have features in a TMS
In the market for a new transportation management system? Here are seven features to look for.
It's all in the delivery
Outsourcing last-mile deliveries can save you money and headaches. But picking the wrong partner could sabotage the entire customer experience.
Breaking out of the box Breaking out of the box
For The Container Store, a move to a bigger DC was an opportunity to ditch the old fulfillment routine and design something radically different.
Stage presence: interview with Gough Grubbs Stage presence: interview with Gough Grubbs
Rising costs and a stubborn recession weren't enough to throw Gough Grubbs of Stage Stores off his game. He simply used them as an opportunity for some creative collaboration.
Voices
Big Picture: Write, tweet, blog, record ...
We’ll do whatever it takes to reach our target audience.
Basic Training: When soft is hard—winning value propositions
We tend to think of business strategy as essentially timeless, but that's not necessarily the case. A lot of times, yesterday's paradigms are worth about 20 cents.
Techwatch: Should analytics be part of your routine?
As companies seek that critical edge in logistics and supply chain management, they're looking not at the competition but at their own operations.
Outbound: Driver shortage is everybody's issue
We tend to think of the driver shortage as the trucking industry's problem. But shippers cannot afford to be complacent.
Fastlane: Better late than never
On July 6, the United States and Mexico signed an agreement that will finally open the doors for Mexican trucks to begin hauling cargo into the United States.
Inbound
Come sail away ...
Looking for an escape from life's daily pressures? Check out this film.
U.S. Army recognizes heroic logisticians
A new display at the Pentagon honors military logisticians who received the Medal of Honor for courage under fire.
New postage stamps honor U.S. Merchant Marine
The U.S. Postal Service has issued stamps featuring cargo ships from the days of sail to the container age.
Warehouse training facility supports food distribution program
Logistics community comes together to pack snacks for hungry children.
Federal agency seeks to treat farm vehicles like trucks
FMCSA proposal would make tractors subject to commercial motor vehicle regs.
Tie me to the moon ...
NASA is testing a new way to send cargo containers into space, no rocket required.
Heavy lifting with RFID
South Korean shipper uses RFID tags to track huge steel coils.
New program lets warehouses prove their "green" cred
IWLA's Sustainable Logistics Initiative provides third-party verification of sustainable practices.
Newsworthy
BNSF Logistics poised to forge own identity
3PL to beef up rail capabilities as part of aggressive growth strategy.
Warehouse group seeks partial exemption from new food safety rule
International Warehouse Logistics Association has petitioned FDA to exempt warehouse operators from Food Safety Act provision on grounds it duplicates existing safety standards.
New YRC CEO to focus on fixing long-haul operations
YRC National's network and operating culture to come under scrutiny.
Study: Port import traffic to rebound in fall
Global Port Tracker forecasts year-over-year gains as retailers stock up for holiday season.
Estevez sworn in for top military logistics post
Will be first federal government lifer to hold position.
Old Dominion raises non-contract rates 4.9%
Move significantly undercuts rivals' price hikes.
Which way will big shippers turn?
After a volatile August, are the nation's shippers bracing for more weakness or just exercising caution going into the fall peak season? Separate surveys delivered very different answers.