Table of Contents: May 2012

Don't quit your day job
DCV's latest salary survey shows that pay is up and job satisfaction high. Why would you want to work anywhere else?
How to be a better shipper in four easy steps How to be a better shipper in four easy steps
Shippers take note: there's more to trucking than just freight. Your business may depend on understanding that.
The promise of end-to-end visibility The promise of end-to-end visibility
Visibility across the supply chain is about more than transportation optimization. It can help reduce risks, promote better inventory management, and much more.
Leave the (forklift) driving to us? Leave the (forklift) driving to us?
Automated forklifts offer a number of advantages over traditional AGVs. But DC managers aren't rushing to buy just yet.
A rare breed: interview with Noël Perry A rare breed: interview with Noël Perry
At first glance, consultant Noël Perry might seem an odd fit with the gritty world of transportation. Don't be fooled by appearances.
Certification pays unexpected dividends Certification pays unexpected dividends
Companies that have undergone WERC's warehouse certification process say the benefits go well beyond bragging rights.
Steady as she goes
Our annual DC metrics study has found little change in performance against the standard operational measures in the past few years. So how will facilities look to distinguish themselves in the future?

Voices
Techwatch: Should you build a control tower?
Leading multinational corporations are starting to embrace the "control tower" concept for running their global supply chains. Should you?
Basic Training: Inventory management vs. inventory control
Purists like to argue about the differences between the two. But we say the distinctions are artificial contrivances, and if pursued, can take your eye away from the ball.
Big Picture: Spring brings signs of fertile growth
After a long dry spell, it's heartening to see signs of economic rebound right in our own backyard.
Outbound: Logistics gains street cred
When a four-star general tells you logistics and logisticians are now cool, you're cool.
Fastlane: Conversation – the lost art
I can go to Facebook and find out what someone had for dinner last night but can't reach them on the telephone.
Inbound
Dale Rogers receives top honor from warehouse association
IWLA presents Rutgers University professor with Distinguished Service Award.
3PLs, 4PLs ... why not 10PLs?
Third-party logistics firm pokes fun at marketing one-upmanship in clever April Fool's Day video and blog post.
Romney: No whistling in the warehouse while you work
Presidential candidate slams warehouse equipment at Solyndra plant as example of frivolous spending.
NASA tests outsourcing of cargo delivery to International Space Station
Testing of commercial rockets could soon bring for-hire transportation to outer space.
Military logisticians find workaround to Pakistan route closings
Defense logistics' ability to do the job despite the loss of primary routes holds lessons for the private sector, says our military logistics expert.
CSCMP offers extensive lineup of educational workshops
Take advantage of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' roster of new educational programs from now through the end of September.
Carrier seeks to breathe new life into U.S. coastal shipping
American Feeder Lines is counting on concerns about road congestion and the environment to make its coastal container service attractive to shippers and carriers.
DuPont DC has zero tolerance for landfill waste
Facility operated by Exel recognized for achievement in DuPont's Drive to Zero landfill program.
Newsworthy
Frozen out: Shippers of temp-controlled goods cite capacity as top concern
Over 90 percent of survey respondents report being impacted in some way by capacity shortages.
CHEP to move headquarters to Atlanta area
Pallet and container pooling company to move from Florida to be closer to key customers.
FedEx continues Euro expansion with deal to buy Polish courier
FedEx's acquisition of Opek is part of parcel giant's "organic growth" strategy.
C-TPAT for exports on the horizon
Customs begins development of export security program
Toyota moves headquarters
Lift truck maker to relocate to Indiana manufacturing site.
Navistar, Clean Energy deal: Devil is in details
Success of oil-to-natural gas programs for truckers depends on "unknowables."
Asian disasters drive firms to boost safety stock
Japanese earthquake, Thai floods prompt U.S. manufacturers to rethink inventory strategies.
Continued gains seen for material handling industry
MHIA forecasts growth will continue at least through 2013.
KCS to make aggressive push into U.S.-Mexican intermodal market
Rail has invested $300 million to upgrade intermodal network in past five years.