Table of Contents: February 2012

The brewing battle over the HMT
The Federal Maritime Commission's current inquiry into the Harbor Maintenance Tax is no trifling issue. It could lead to a trade war with Canada and higher costs for shippers.
The big bet of Brad Jacobs The big bet of Brad Jacobs
The entrepreneur is wagering millions on a bold move to build a $5 billion truck brokerage from scratch.
Raise a glass! Raise a glass!
Since switching to voice, beverage distributor Trinks has seen DC productivity surge 18 percent.
Carquest revs up its order operations Carquest revs up its order operations
With a robust WMS in place, auto parts supplier Carquest can now turn emergency orders around in under two hours.
Going green with a little help from your friends: interview with David Hyatt
Companies embarking on supply chain sustainability programs don't have to go it alone, says David Hyatt of the University of Arkansas. In fact, they'll go farther faster by partnering with other businesses and outside agencies.
A tale of two 3PL studies A tale of two 3PL studies
The results of two longstanding research projects on third-party logistics hold some practical lessons for shippers and service providers. Here are a few highlights from the latest studies.

Voices
Big Picture: Telling the logistics story
Move it!, a new Web-based TV series, offers an entertaining look at how the products we use every day get to where they need to be.
Basic Training: Advice you can trust ... maybe
Whatever your problem, there will be plenty of "experts" eager to offer you advice. The trick is finding one who will make you a hero.
Outbound: The man from Memphis
Who's the nation's greatest living and active CEO? Our vote goes to someone right here in our industry.
Techwatch: BI moves to the cloud
Small companies want access to the same business intelligence software capabilities their large counterparts enjoy. New cloud-based versions are making that possible.
Fastlane: What to look for in a freight payment firm
Companies can save big money by using a freight bill audit and payment firm. But you have to pick the right partner.
Inbound
Weather called leading culprit for supply chain disruptions
More than half of respondents to a global survey said they suffered supply chain disruptions at the hands of Mother Nature last year.
"Inventory nightmares" highlight importance of good asset tracking
The consequences of failing to keep track of inventory can be dire, as these tales of woe demonstrate.
Upcoming conference to cover transportation law, claims, and contracts
The Transportation & Logistics Council's 38th Annual Conference will offer practical, up-to-date information from experts in transportation law and claims.
Rough-and-ready handheld takes on wilderness duties
U.S. Forest Service selects a ruggedized mobile computer for data collection in the great outdoors.
Forklifts keep those dogies rollin' at annual rodeo
Nearly 100 donated lift trucks move everything from hay bales to concert equipment at the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Logistics gets some "face time" in Washington
Industry groups organize trips to Washington so members can personally convey their concerns to legislators.
Logistics on the big screen
Ocean shipping and a forklift are key plot elements in a couple of entertaining films.
Free trade ... management software, that is
Developer of global trade management solutions is betting users will like a free, simplified version of its product enough that they'll upgrade to the real deal.
Newsworthy
Report: Demand for logistics real estate to grow in 2012
Vacancy rate for logistics facilities expected to dip into single digits by end of year.
Nashville Wire buys AWP Industries
Merger brings together the largest makers of wire decking for pallet racks, containers.
Truckload rates continue upward march
Capacity shortage likely to keep pressure on rates in 2012, consultancy says.
Don Schneider dies at 76
Executive turned family business into trucking, intermodal, and logistics powerhouse.
Schneider, CSX sign multiyear extension for intermodal service
Agreement is expected to ease capacity constraints in East, Midwest.
Virginia port's ability to compete for megaships called into doubt
Consultant says Norfolk could lose out in battle for market share when expanded Panama Canal opens.
Slow post-Sandy recovery frustrates supply chain's efforts to gain traction
Efforts moving slower than expected, ALAN officials say.