Table of Contents: September 2012

Stepping on the gas: interview with T. Boone Pickens
Boone Pickens' great quest is under way. If it succeeds, the U.S. heavy-duty truck fleet will be burning natural gas instead of diesel, and the nation's dependence on Mideast oil will be forever reduced.
Go short! Go short!
Study says annual rebidding of truckload contracts will save shippers money over multiyear agreements.
Planning it forward Planning it forward
It used to be just about selecting carriers and managing shipments. Now, transportation software is moving into forward capacity planning.
Six ways to get more from your fleet management software Six ways to get more from your fleet management software
Few companies take full advantage of their systems' many capabilities. Here's what's holding them back, and what they can do about it.
Printers on the go
In an era of sleek consumer devices, a mobile printer that's heavy, clunky, or slow will be a hard sell. Here's what manufacturers are doing to keep up with customer expectations.

Voices
Techwatch: Waiting for the Internet of Things
The benefits of an RFID-enabled "Internet of Things" seem undeniable. So why's it taking so long?
Fastlane: They said it couldn't be done
In 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson bet $50 he could drive a four-wheeled machine across the United States. No one ever dreamed he would actually do it.
Basic Training: Mind the gap, mate: A critical supply/demand mismatch
What are we collectively doing to create an adequate talent pool in all facets of supply chain management? The short answer is, "Not nearly enough."
Big Picture: An Olympian effort
The logistics behind events like the Olympics get scant, if any, public attention. But they are a grand part of the show.
Outbound: It seems failure is indeed an option
Five years ago, it seemed certain the I-35W bridge collapse would force government to address the nation's crumbling infrastructure. Sadly, we were wrong.
Inbound
Interroll to build "Centre of Excellence" in Georgia
New facility will house product development, manufacturing, and support services for pallet-flow storage solutions.
New book explains value of "logistics clusters" to companies, economies
MIT's Yossi Sheffi argues that locating logistics-related operations together benefits not just the companies themselves but also the economy at large.
Entrepreneurs convert ocean containers to greenhouses
That 40-foot steel box sitting in the corner of a downtown parking lot could be filled with ... produce.
Apple's appetite for airfreight affecting rates, capacity
If rumors that Apple is about to launch three products are true, air-cargo rates out of Asia could spike by 20 percent, says CEO of London research firm.
Logistics and material handling equipment providers emphasize charity, community service
Here's our monthly roundup of charitable contributions and good deeds by providers of material handling and logistics products and services.
Conveyors featured in Vanity Fair fashion spread
Natalie Massenet, founder of online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter, poses on top of a Dematic conveyor.
Conveyors need special care in refrigerated and freezer warehouses
Viastore Systems offers seven suggestions for keeping conveyors in tip-top shape despite the cold.
Newsworthy
Australian developer leaps into U.S. industrial property market
Goodman Group enters North America with multi-billion-dollar war chest.
Ocean spot rates soar on key trans-Pacific trade lane
Carriers push through $500 general rate increase for Hong Kong to Los Angeles, up 17.5% from week before, Drewry Maritime Research notes.
XPO buys Canadian broker for $8 million in cash
Acquisition of Kelron Logistics brings XPO closer to $500 million revenue goal.
Package, shipping services lone positives in worsening financial situation for USPS
Gains in those areas can't offset continued drop in first-class mail.
Port Miami wins approval to operate as foreign-trade zone
FTZ status will make it easier to create duty-free warehouse.
U.S. 3PL growth to moderate in 2012 due to international uncertainties, consulting firm says
Armstrong & Associates estimate that growth will still triple that of projected GDP.
ABF to withdraw from National Master Freight Agreement
Company tells Teamsters it is ready to negotiate its own agreement.
Global market for WMS software up 10 percent in 2011, report finds
Worldwide sales hit $1.3 billion last year, ARC says.
Product security, integrity concerns persist among global health care supply chain chiefs
UPS-sponsored survey says global expansion comes at a cost as concerns about product protection increase.
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. to expand lift truck manufacturing capacity by more than 40 percent
MCFA says it will increase production in Houston of its Cat Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, and Jungheinrich brands to meet domestic and international demand.