Table of Contents: June 2012

The what, when, and why of rugged handhelds
If your handheld computers take a lot of abuse, maybe it's time for "rugged" devices. Here's a look at what makes them so tough, when they make economic sense, and why sometimes they're the only way to go.
Back on the road Back on the road
Thanks to an improving U.S. economy, decent volume growth, and an avoidance of past errors, LTL is no longer the wreck on the highway.
But can they deliver? But can they deliver?
Conventional wisdom says buyers look mainly at price when they go to choose suppliers. Yet many place heavy emphasis on delivery capabilities as well.
Delivering the Olympics: interview with Cindy Miller Delivering the Olympics: interview with Cindy Miller
The largest peacetime logistics effort in history will reach a crescendo July 27 when the Olympic flame is lit in London. It's Cindy Miller's job to make sure UPS delivers everything precisely when and where it's needed—and then gets it all back out again.

Voices
Techwatch: Is your DC struggling with fulfillment? Consider DOM software
"Distributed order management" applications determine the best fulfillment location for a particular order.
Fastlane: Is it time to re-regulate the airlines?
In this age of delayed flights, rising fares, and generally poor service, even some longtime proponents of deregulation are beginning to reconsider their position.
Big Picture: More DCs welcome workers with disabilities
After launching its successful program to hire workers with disabilities, Walgreens has been urging others to follow suit. Those who have tried it say they're getting the same good results.
Outbound: Hope for the Chokepoint City?
The answer to Chicago's rail congestion problem may lie in a '90s-era Los Angeles public works project.
Problem Solved: Problem: Safely storing goods in an earthquake zone
The solution for Iron Mountain was to install customized, seismically engineered racks.
Inbound
Six-decade Fortna employee sets hard-to-match standard
After working for the systems integrator/consultant since Harry Truman was president, Barbara "Susie" Hafer is retiring.
U.S. third-party logistics sector sees solid gains
Growth in the U.S. 3PL market outpaced GDP growth in 2011, according to Armstrong & Associates report.
Material handling, logistics companies support numerous nonprofits
Our monthly roundup of good deeds by logistics and material handling industry players shows that generosity knows no season.
Mid-sized exporters drop the ball on trade compliance
Survey finds companies are increasingly at risk for violating U.S. export regulations.
University of Denver launches transportation scholarship, professional studies program
School to offer degree program, graduate scholarship for working professionals.
Newsworthy
SDI Group buys AL Systems' technology assets
Move will expand SDI's material handling and order fulfillment software platform.
A decade later, crash on Maryland road still sends tremors through transport law fraternity
2002 truck accident and subsequent legal case have changed calculus of U.S. transportation law.
FedEx to buy French delivery firm Tatex
Acquisition represents second 'bolt-on' European deal in a month.
STB to issue ruling on demurrage
Rail agency to resolve thorny issue of liability for railcar detention charges.
Gnashing your teeth over truckload capacity "crunch"?
TransCore says, "Save your enamel!"
Amware buys ParcelPort in bid to change e-commerce fulfillment model
Merger aims to bring B-to-B warehousing expertise, national structure to fragmented e-commerce fulfillment market.