Table of Contents: January 2012

How's it going? Depends on who you ask
Respondents to DC Velocity's 2012 Outlook Survey were evenly divided on where the U.S. economy was headed this year. But most are still upping their budgets for transportation services.
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be truckers Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be truckers
With costs and regulatory burdens on the rise, even veteran trucking company owners are eyeing the exits.
Seven steps to effective forklift training Seven steps to effective forklift training
An effective driver training program is critical to a safe, efficient, and legal DC operation. Here's a look at what's involved.
The protector: interview with Art Arway
After a decade running DHL's security network in the Americas, Art Arway is now free to comment on today's security landscape. His conclusion: Things could be far worse.
Smith Drug reformulates Smith Drug reformulates
The pharma distributor has made multiple upgrades to its South Carolina DC in the past seven years to maintain its competitive edge. And it's not done yet.
The BIG rollout The BIG rollout
Implementing a new WMS across a network of DCs carries big risks and big rewards. Two shippers that are going through it tell how they're avoiding pitfalls and achieving success.
Voice made easy Voice made easy
Outdoor retailer Cabela's wanted the advantages of voice technology but not the costs and hassles of a large-scale implementation. Could it find a system that filled the bill?
Alive and kicking Alive and kicking
Supply chain execution software can expect strong sales in the next several years as companies replace aging systems and respond to new priorities prompted by the recession.
The right site, at the right price The right site, at the right price
Rising fuel and shipping costs, coupled with a weak economy, have companies searching for distribution sites that will help cut operating costs. They're finding some attractive opportunities.
W(h)ither ABF? W(h)ither ABF?
The carrier faces crucial contract talks with Teamsters, but its operating issues go beyond labor.

Voices
Basic Training: Déjà vu all over again?
An earthquake and tsunami in Japan; then floods in Thailand. Are automakers ready to get serious about supply chain contingency planning yet?
Big Picture: An averted strike and logistics' critical role
The threat of a rail shutdown underlined the value of logistics to a smoothly functioning economy. But it shouldn't take a strike to get government's attention.
Fastlane: Top 10 logistics challenges for 2012 (and beyond)
The economy may be on the mend, but the logistics/supply chain community will still face challenges throughout the year. Here's what to watch for.
Techwatch: Beware: Cyberwolves on the prowl
Internet security threats are on the rise, and supply chain information networks are on the list of potential targets.
Outbound: Searching for signs of optimism
Recent polls point to guarded sense of optimism about U.S. economy.
Inbound
You name it, we can move it
Whether it's an elephant, panda, grizzly cubs, or a giant pumpkin, there's a logistics company out there that can help you transport it.
2012 Rainmakers call for nominations
DC Velocity is seeking nominations for "Rainmakers" who have made special contributions to the logistics profession.
Joel Anderson pens no-holds-barred blog for DC Velocity
When it comes to legislation, regulations, and policy, IWLA head has plenty to say—and isn't afraid to say it.
Study: Water woes will continue to disrupt supply chains
Floods and droughts have affected supply chains worldwide, and the problem's not going away, say respondents to a recent survey.
Truckers transport wreaths to decorate veterans' graves
A convoy of big rigs delivered 325,000 wreaths to cemeteries across the country to honor veterans.
How green is your parcel carrier?
Climate Counts, a group devoted to fighting climate change, issues environmental scorecards for four largest parcel carriers.
Stand up and be measured!
DC Velocity, WERC seek participants for annual DC metrics study.
Job outlook bright for logistics/supply chain management
Reports from the field indicate more companies are looking to hire logistics and supply chain professionals.
Newsworthy
USPS posts $5.1 billion net loss in fiscal 2011
Shipping services seen as one of few bright spots.
Datalogic to acquire Accu-Sort Systems
Acquisition brings complementary auto ID solutions under one roof.
UPS acquires Italian healthcare logistics firm
Move represents parcel giant's latest expansion into key vertical segment.
U.S. railroads map out expansion plans
Rails lay out strategies to capitalize on domestic intermodal growth.
Alliance formed to build mega logistics center in South Central Florida
Planned development to occupy 30 million square feet.
Purolator rebuilds its U.S. presence with a decidedly Canadian flair
Company aims for big slice of $8 billion transport market from U.S. to Canada.
Driver turnover at large TL fleets hit 89 percent in Q3
Number represents highest level since start of '08.
AFMS takes a legal licking and keeps on ticking
Parcel consultant continues war with FedEx, UPS.
Higher revenue streams from parcel carriers' dimensional pricing seen continuing into 2012
Dim weight changes implemented in 2010 are expected to continue generating more cash for FedEx and UPS—and more pain for shippers.
CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin resigns
Never confirmed, commissioner will leave office one day before his term was set to expire.
Hold your "HOS"es!
Industry groups mull court challenge to revised truck driver hours-of-service rule.