Table of Contents: February 2013

You're going to like the way they pick
In the tuxedo rental business, there's no room for error. At The Men's Wearhouse, an array of specialized conveyors ensure order fulfillment is fast and accurate.
Can intermodal break out of the "dry van" box? Can intermodal break out of the "dry van" box?
Intermodal has become widely known as a low-cost way to move dry goods. Now, several entrepreneurs are looking to add fresh fruits and vegetables to the mix.
Are you keeping your 3PL from innovating? Are you keeping your 3PL from innovating?
Shippers often complain that their 3PLs aren't bringing enough new and creative ideas to the table. But are they themselves the main obstacle to innovation?
Winning the war for talent: interview with Gerry Fay Winning the war for talent: interview with Gerry Fay
What separates a global market leader from the also-rans is its people, says Gerry Fay of giant electronics distributor Avnet. That's why the company is so intent on winning the war for talent.
Labor pains Labor pains
A maritime supply chain buffeted by repeated labor unrest may not have much choice but to 'grin and bear it 'in the future, experts say.

Voices
Fastlane: The Year of the Snake
If Chinese astrology proves right, 2013 will be a challenging year for supply chain managers ... and a profitable one for LSPs.
Techwatch: Don't count the big guys out just yet
They might be giants in the software world, but the Big Three megasuite vendors are still second-tier players in the WMS space. That may be about to change.
Basic Training: Everybody get on the bus
The first—but often overlooked—step in any successful supply chain journey is getting all the various functions on board the same bus.
Big Picture: Lucky '13
A few days at the ProMat Show and Conference suggest that, at least for the material handling world, 2013 could be a pretty good year.
Outbound: Rocking your (logistics) world ... in 3D, no less
The advent of high-end 3D printers could turn the logistics world on its ear.
Inbound
AGiLE TV Productions releases new "Move It!" episode
Latest edition offers inside look at nation's most famous DC.
Celebrate the season with pallet-recycling projects
Blog posts demonstrate how to make a sled and holiday decorations from recycled pallets.
WERC program certifies 29th, 30th facilities
The Warehousing Education and Research Council has certified two very different DCs as adhering to warehousing best practices.
CSCMP seeks nominations for 2013 Distinguished Service Award
Know someone who's made a big contribution to the profession? Then consider nominating him or her for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2013 Distinguished Service Award.
Logistics, material handling companies give back
Here's our monthly roundup of charitable works by companies in the logistics and material handling industries.
The New Yorker delves into online retailer's DC operations
A recent article about fashion e-tailer Yoox Group included a look at its RFID-based order-fulfillment process.
Conference to offer updates on trade, transportation regulations and trends
Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) annual conference will address trade regulation and policy, supply chain challenges, port and rail infrastructure, and more.
Newsworthy
Intelligrated buys Knighted
With acquisition, material handling solution provider strengthens position in logistics software market.
MHIA rebrands, changes name to "MHI"
Effort aimed at sharpening material handling's role in global supply chain.
Truck rates to climb post-Sandy; analysts divided on duration
Some consultants, economists sees strong revenue gains into fall; others believe impact will not last long.
Memphis, we have a problem
A two-year breach of contract case over FedEx surcharges morphs into a RICO complaint, threatening a black eye for the purple and gray.
Maier named to succeed Rebholz at FedEx Ground
Long-time FedEx exec set to take over as Ground, SmartPost businesses expand capacity.
International shipping confidence index shows signs of pulse in January
Current confidence in Europe-based activity; expectations for mid-year look better, survey finds.
BNSF sets 2013 capital budget of $4.1 billion, largest budget in U.S. rail history
First time a U.S. railroad has cracked $4 billion budget mark in single year
Noted economist waxes bullish on U.S. economy for this year, next as long as Washington 'gets out of the way'
'Every sector of U.S. economy is poised to grow stronger' in second half, Ratajczak says
LaHood will not remain as DOT secretary for second term
Calls post "the best job I've ever had"; tells Obama he will stay on until successor confirmed
Trailer orders, shipments hit six-year high in 2012, firm says
Numbers reflect improving demand, strong trucking fundamentals, according to ACT Research.