Table of Contents: December 2011

"We're green and we can prove it"
Up to now, you pretty much had to take 3PLs' sustainability claims on faith. A new IWLA initiative aims to change that.
Looking better all the time Looking better all the time
The dedicated trucking model looked good a year ago. With industry conditions getting tougher, it looks even better today.
A seamless expansion
When intimate apparel maker Wacoal America took the plunge into e-commerce, support from its WMS supplier provided the foundation for a successful transition.
Speed readers Speed readers
Even after setting up a sophisticated supplier communication portal, Ingersoll Rand experienced delays obtaining inventory visibility. An RFID system changed all that.
Seven steps to speedier border crossings Seven steps to speedier border crossings
Border crossings can be time-consuming and unpredictable. Here are some tips on how to minimize delays.
In for the long haul: interview with John G. Larkin In for the long haul: interview with John G. Larkin
During his 34 years in the field, all-star transportation analyst John G. Larkin has witnessed a lot of change. And the most profound shift of all, he says, has nothing to do with trucking.
Now that's military support
Four tales from the front illustrate how troops of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, a logistical support unit, are working to make life a bit better and easier for their fellow soldiers.
"Just like a new home"
Lifeliners' "B-Huts in a Box" project gives soldiers better quality of life.
Vehicle recovery made easier
Lifeliners put new and improved JRADS to the test in Afghanistan.
Why Hairatan Gate matters
Border crossing project promises to boost Northern Afghanistan economy, ease future exit for coalition forces.
Battlefield simplification plan nets $12 million savings
Logistics support units find use for millions of dollars of unused supplies found sitting in a yard.
When should you cube and weigh? When should you cube and weigh?
There's a lot to be said for collecting weight and dimensional data right before an order is shipped. But that's just part of the story.

Voices
Big Picture: Sustaining sustainability
While the jury's still out on supply chain sustainability initiatives, this much is clear: Unless these efforts make economic as well as environmental or social sense, they are doomed to fail.
Basic Training: Snug as a bug in a ... container?
Security initiatives that once seemed reassuring—think C-TPAT and TWIC—are not as comforting when the covers get pulled back.
Outbound: A man's passing—and his industry's future
On Oct. 15, Russ Gerdin, founder of trucker Heartland Express and a champion of truck drivers, died at 70. Ten days later, Heartland posted weaker revenues in part because it couldn’t find enough qualified drivers. The irony is profound.
Techwatch: Software that eases DC labor pains
Managing dozens of temporary workers during peak season has the potential to be a headache and a half. But new software can minimize the hassles.
Fastlane: Cliff Lynch's annual letter to Santa Claus
I fervently hope you can load congressional stockings with a full ration of wisdom, judgment, and the spirit of cooperation because we simply must repair the country's infrastructure.
Inbound
Freight, football, and the Farrelly Brothers
Yes, there is sometimes humor in international trade.
U.S. Customs may get more involved with export security
Official says agency is considering launching an export program modeled after C-TPAT.
Reefer madness
Exploding refrigerated containers from Vietnam raise alarm in California.
Capitol Christmas tree travels cross-country on "clean diesel" truck
California-to-Washington, D.C., journey will showcase clean diesel technology.
Union Pacific releases app for tracking its steam locomotives
Aficionados can now track the railroad's historic equipment with app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Walmart, Grainger DCs achieve big energy savings
Improvements in lighting and electricity generation save hundreds of thousands of dollars per facility.
Heavy lifting? Forklift is up to the task
When the Philadelphia Zoo had to move two hippos to a new home, a Toyota lift truck did the honors.
Ikea plans to replace wooden pallets with paper platforms
The Swedish retailer is giving up wooden pallets for single-use, recyclable paper versions.
Logistics inspires hip-hop video
Grad students in Sweden post clever musical tribute to "Mr. Logistics."
Survey looks at forklift buyers' priorities
New Crown Equipment Corp. survey shows rising interest in sustainability, energy efficiency, and technology among forklift users.
Top 10 reasons for implementing WMS and WFM together
Here's why more companies are looking to implement a warehouse management system (WMS) and a workforce management system (WFM) simultaneously.
Newsworthy
YRC revamps sales, operations structure
Move marks first major organizational change under new president.
Carriers' outlook positive despite economic uncertainties
Gloom over macro environment at odds with relatively sanguine outlook for transportation markets.
FMCSA delays publication of hours-of-service rules
Agency will file next HOS status report with court in 30 days.
UPS Freight rolls out online pickup notification service
LTL carrier says it's first to introduce high level of shipment pickup visibility to LTL segment.
Per-mile truckload pricing hits highest level in nearly seven years
Rates in October up almost 10 percent year over year, Cass-Avondale study finds.
Teamster presidential voting draws to a close
Votes to be counted through Wednesday, results expected by week's end.
Hoffa poised for landslide victory for Teamsters president
Unofficial tally has incumbent well ahead of Gegare, Pope.
UPS announces 2012 non-contract rate hikes
Parcel giant will raise rates by a net 4.9 percent on Jan. 2.
Customs moves ahead with trade facilitation initiatives
CBP proposals would make import transactions more efficient, expand role of customs brokers.
Intelligrated to expand Ohio HQ, add 200 jobs
Manufacturer says it will double the size of its Mason, Ohio, facility.