Table of Contents: January 2013

Keeping costs under control key focus for 2013
DC Velocity reader poll finds shipment consolidation and carrier rate renegotiation top priorities for coming year.
Lennox turns up the heat Lennox turns up the heat
A network overhaul—and integrated WMS/TMS system—helped heating and cooling equipment maker Lennox take shipping performance to the next level.
Not quite lights out, but pretty close Not quite lights out, but pretty close
The central DC operated by Swiss grocer Migros ships about 370,000 cartons a day with near-perfect accuracy. And it's all done by machines.
Rapid fulfillment on an unprecedented scale: interview with Amazon.com's Dave Clark Rapid fulfillment on an unprecedented scale: interview with Amazon.com's Dave Clark
Amazon.com has become a dominant online retailer through a combination of vast product offerings and speedy order fulfillment. The secret, says Dave Clark, is in the people and the technology.
Matchmaker, matchmaker ... Matchmaker, matchmaker ...
Trying to choose the right type of lift truck for a particular application? These guidelines can help you make a perfect match.

Voices
Techwatch: Getting the big-picture view of inventory
As more companies wrestle with maintaining just the right amount of inventory across the supply chain, they're turning to software for help.
Basic Training: Goin' to the chapel
Transactional relationships are so last century. Today's shippers are looking to develop closer, more strategic partnerships with their logistics service providers. Here are some things to consider.
Big Picture: Our second decade begins
Much has changed since we launched DC Velocity, but the issues faced by logistics professionals have stayed pretty much the same.
Outbound: Who you gonna call?
When disaster strikes, state and local authorities can call on FEMA for help. But who does FEMA call when it needs support? (The answer may surprise you.)
Fastlane: Top 10 logistics challenges for 2013 (and beyond)
What's in store for shippers in the coming year? Several trends bear watching—including the resurgence of a 50-year-old method of shipping.
Inbound
A line in the sand ... and the rest is history
The strange tale of how Norman Joseph Woodland came up with the idea for the bar code.
CSCMP India 2013 conference to explore global supply chain best practices
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will offer expert-led educational event in Mumbai; PepsiCo executive to deliver keynote.
Do you know a Rainmaker? Call for 2013 nominations
Know someone who's making a difference in the world of logistics? Then consider nominating him or her as one of DC VELOCITY's "Rainmakers."
Material handling, warehouse profession gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of "good deeds" by logistics, warehousing, and material handling equipment companies.
Learn how logistics operations can "go green"
Looking for ideas on how to make your logistics operations more environmentally friendly? Two of DC VELOCITY's recent webcasts are just the ticket.
Survey: Motor carrier execs unhappy with election outcome
Transport Capital Partners research finds little support for Obama administration among truckers.
Student entries sought for unusual packaging design competition
Registration is now open for the "48 Hour Re-Pack" competition, to be held by packaging group in February.
Newsworthy
Staples implements customized packaging for its orders
Technology from Packsize International helps retail giant match box size to order dimensions.
Distribution centers lose thousands of hours a year on unproductive workflows, survey shows
Most respondents know where problems lie, but 30 percent refuse to act unless forced to, Intermec survey finds.
Déjà Shuster, all over again
Twelve years after dad Bud last rapped the gavel, Bill Shuster to take over the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
U.S. to enjoy abundant oil, natural gas supplies through 2040, government agency reports
Advancements in "fracking" techniques to drive energy surplus, EIA report says.
Honeywell's $600 million purchase of Intermec vaults giant into the auto-ID/data capture mainstream
Deal also seen doubling size of Honeywell's rugged mobile computing business.
Not knocking on the U.S. door: Mexican truckers' lack of interest threatens to derail safety program
Only 168 safety inspections performed in pilot's first year, way below number needed to determine safety performance.
Keeping costs under control key focus for 2013
DC Velocity reader poll finds shipment consolidation and carrier rate renegotiation top priorities for coming year.