Table of Contents: November 2012

Tailored for performance
Apparel maker Desigual's new automated picking and sorting solution may use standard components found in other systems. But there's nothing ordinary about it.
A "Vancouver" by any other name A "Vancouver" by any other name
The Washington seaport suffers from identity confusion with its Canadian namesake. But a big rail access project could set it apart while reshaping the transportation landscape.
Five must-have features in a YMS Five must-have features in a YMS
In the market for a yard management system? Here are five features to look for.
In (and out of) the deep water: interview with Dave Mosley In (and out of) the deep water: interview with Dave Mosley
One year after the floods in Thailand submerged the hard drive supply chain, Dave Mosley has pulled Seagate Technology out of the mud and back to a strong competitive position.
Robot revolution Robot revolution
Twenty years ago, Frito-Lay relied on workers to hand stack cases of chips, nuts, and cookies in its trucks. Now, it has more colorful loading options, including the "T. Rex" and robots.
Handle with care
Developing a safe, responsible, and effective system for handling consumer electronics returns isn't just good for the planet. It can also be very, very good for your business.

Voices
Techwatch: A new way to spot problems in the DC
Having trouble getting to the source of DC performance issues? New data capture and analytics technology can help.
Problem Solved: Problem: Getting a new business off the ground
To win (and retain) customers, Jelece Aviation first had to prove that it's able to deliver certified airplane replacement parts whenever and wherever they want. Working with a freight forwarder that can handle oversized shipments on a moment's notice has allowed it to do just that.
Basic Training: A rose by any other name ...
The term "consultant" may have fallen out of favor. But rebranding it as an "advisory" won't make it smell any sweeter.
Fastlane: Shaky platforms
The good news: Both the Republican and Democratic party platforms address the subject of infrastructure. The bad news: Neither seems to grasp the importance of a seamless, well-functioning national transportation system.
Big Picture: Logistics without borders?
The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has amply demonstrated that logistics expertise can be leveraged for social good. The next challenge is to replicate that model on a global scale.
Outbound: Get ready to say goodbye to the supply chain as we know it
The supply chain of 2020 will look radically different from the one we know today. Why? E-commerce.
Inbound
Study finds charbroiled burgers produce more particulates than clean-diesel trucks
California researchers document success of emissions-reduction technology in heavy-duty trucks.
Navy's performance-based logistics experience offers lessons for the private sector
The U.S. Navy's top supply chain officer discusses how to build mutually rewarding relationships with suppliers at CSCMP's 2012 Annual Global Conference.
When catastrophe strikes, being "overprepared" pays off
A panel at CSCMP's 2012 Annual Global Conference explored the stresses on supply chains when disaster strikes, and how to prepare for them.
How airfreight forwarders help shippers cope with volatility
Airfreight forwarders are using flexible rate and routing strategies to help insulate clients from the effects of market volatility, says Damco executive.
World's largest shuttle system planned for German apparel DC
Knapp AG says it has contracted to build the largest semi-automatic picking and storage system of its kind for apparel retailer Hugo Boss.
Logistics and material handling industry gives back to the community
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the logistics and material handling industry's charitable contributions and activities.
Peer comparisons prompt workers to pick up the pace
Study finds that telling warehouse workers how they stack up against their peers leads to performance improvements.
Miscellaneous musings from CSCMP, International Air Cargo conferences
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 2012 Annual Global Conference and the concurrent International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition produced some unexpectedly candid and even lighter moments.
Three tech pioneers get new owners
Psion, Ariba, and Savi Technology have all been snapped up since late September.
Newsworthy
DC space tightens at U.S. seaports
Industry observers see surge in occupancies, speculative development near ports.
New software benchmarks lift truck fleet performance against peers
I.D. Systems says its I.D. Systems Analytics product is the first to allow users to compare performance not only across their own sites but also against other lift truck fleets nationwide.
After four decades, FedEx turns the page with $1.65 billion operational revamp
Plan marks cultural shift by de-emphasizing air business.
UPS' $6.8 billion deal to buy TNT Express could become an unwanted package
UPS postpones closing date again as European regulators press firms over competitive issues.
Toyota acquires Cascade Corp.
Cascade's lift truck attachment business adds to Toyota portfolio.
U.S. logistics industry to post 1.1 million jobs by 2016, report says
Study predicts that unless trends change, about 70 percent of available logistics jobs will go unfilled.
XPO Logistics acquires OHL's truck brokerage unit
$50 million cash deal is XPO's largest so far.
Study: offshoring decline boosts U.S. manufacturing
About 50,000 jobs added stateside in past 12 months.