Table of Contents: August 2013

Taking the long view of sustainability
Out on the Midwest prairie, the Murphy Warehouse Co. has made major investments in reducing its facilities' impact on the environment. CEO Richard Murphy believes it's the right thing to do for his company and the community.
The good, the bad, and the ugly The good, the bad, and the ugly
Two high-profile blow-ups paint a sad portrait of audit and payment firms run amok, damaging an otherwise legitimate industry.
Slow skies Slow skies
Global commerce is racing toward full automation. But the fastest transport mode remains stuck on a paper route.
Increasing the flow Increasing the flow
When it needed to rev up operations, Ewing Irrigation Products tapped into voice. The result? Higher productivity and accuracy.
Battery room confidential Battery room confidential
Many different factors can detract from lift truck battery performance—including a few you might not have thought of. Industry insiders tell us what to watch for.
Creating a winning 3PL relationship: interview with Mark E. Richards Creating a winning 3PL relationship: interview with Mark E. Richards
Want to build a strong bond with your 3PL? Follow these six steps, says 3PL exec Mark Richards.

Voices
Fastlane: A distant dream?
With the Panama Canal expansion in the offing, Nicaragua has announced plans to build its own canal. But that's not to say it will really happen.
Basic Training: Big Data—bloated or just large-boned?
The jury's still out on the value of Big Data, but this much is clear: Big Data is pretty much pointless without Big Judgment.
Techwatch: Shippers show big interest in big data
Survey shows logistics managers have high hopes that "big data" will help them fine-tune their distribution operations.
Outbound: The voices of the "pioneers"
To know where the supply chain management profession is going, you have to understand where it's been. CSCMP's "Supply Chain Pioneers" video series will look at the past, present, and future of the discipline.
Big Picture: Details, details
We all know that major problems can result from what might seem insignificant causes. We have two stories this month that illustrate the case.
Inbound
2013 Material Handling & Logistics Conference to feature top-notch education and entertainment
Dematic's 28th annual event will offer a broad range of educational sessions. Comedian Jay Leno and rockers REO Speedwagon round out the agenda.
Safety expert: To keep trainees' attention, vary the teaching method
There are more effective ways to train warehouse associates than lectures, says safety guru Dixie Brock of APL Logistics.
Are your forklift batteries heavy enough?
A too-light battery can cause a lift truck to tip when lifting.
Duck Commander makes the right "call" on lift truck buy
The camo-clad crew featured in A&E's "Duck Dynasty" show hunt up a Hyster forklift to support their growing business.
Material handling, logistics companies give back to their communities
Here are some of the good deeds and charitable work we've heard about in the past month.
Maybe not everybody loves logistics?
Survey by The UPS Store finds logistics is low on the list of businesses that entrepreneurs dream of starting.
Trade statistics reveal some funky facts about U.S. imports
A recent report from trade data specialist Zepol highlighted some of the unusual products being imported into the U.S.
Newsworthy
One World Direct puts shoe on other foot with acquisition of Sanyo Logistics
E-commerce firm enters 3PL with acquisition of Panasonic's 3PL unit
XPO Logistics buys 3PD to gain foothold in fast-growing "last-mile" delivery segment
$367 million deal marries XPO with leader in last-mile logistics
GENCO awarded $38.8 million contract by Defense Logistics Agency to support Naval operations
DLA distribution site to process over 100,000 annual transactions in Bahrain, CENTCOM theater.
Use of mobile technologies could save firms thousands of dollars in savings, study says
Many companies still don't see value in mobile use, Intermec study adds.
Broken promises
Survey indicates that driver turnover isn't triggered by one specific event but by unmet expectations.
FedEx, plaintiffs reach $21.5 million settlement in delivery overcharge dispute
Preliminary hearing to approve settlement scheduled for later this week.