Table of Contents: October 2013

Emerging logistics hot spots: The Northeast
Boasting prime locations near efficient transportation infrastructures, Central New Jersey and Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley were born to run distribution centers.
Linking tools to lift labor productivity Linking tools to lift labor productivity
Genco's operation on behalf of a major customer already ran well. But linking labor management and lift truck management systems yielded further improvements.
Mailing in the future Mailing in the future
The Postal Service's revamp of Priority Mail signals a serious push to dominate e-commerce deliveries and to chart its course for the decades to come.
Getting in the "zone": interview with Dino Scott Getting in the "zone": interview with Dino Scott
Foreign Trade Zones can be a big benefit to international business, but many U.S. firms refuse to capitalize on the opportunity. Blount International has taken the plunge, and Dino Scott is leading the effort.
Ace says Afghanistan is the place Ace says Afghanistan is the place
In partnership with a local firm—one with a firm grasp of logistics—Ace Hardware will open its first hardware store in Afghanistan next year.
Milking benefits from an AS/RS Milking benefits from an AS/RS
To help manage the flow of outbound goods from its Utah plant, yogurt giant Dannon built a new warehouse featuring an automated storage and retrieval system. The result? Annual cost savings of over $3 million.

Voices
Outbound: Mind the (mindset) gap!
For teens entering college this fall, a tablet is no longer something you take in the morning and Java has never been just a cup of coffee.
Techwatch: Climbing aboard the TMS bandwagon
Big companies and 3PLs are expected to drive a new wave of sales of transportation management systems.
Big Picture: Eyes and ears on the conference front
Only a small portion of our readers are able to make it to vital industry events like CSCMP's upcoming conference. That's where we come in.
Fastlane: Happy 50th birthday, CSCMP!
It has been a good ride and should be an even better one over the next 50 years.
Basic Training: Same song, second verse
Last year's proposal for a new passenger rail system in Ohio proved to be a bust. Now, advocates are back with a new version that's bigger, badder, and even more wrong-headed than the last one.
Inbound
Retailers tap freelance couriers for deliveries
With demand increasing for same-day delivery, so-called "lifestyle couriers"— consumers who pick up and deliver packages for a fee—are becoming more common.
CBP Acting Commissioner Tom Winkowski, former commissioner George Weise to headline annual CONECT Northeast Cargo Symposium
U.S. Customs and Border Protection policy, ocean carrier alliances, and the economy are on the agenda at Nov. 7 conference.
College grads recommend supply chain management as a major
Respondents to recent survey give supply chain management the highest marks of all fields of study.
Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the logistics community's good deeds and donations.
CSCMP announces recipients of annual honors; Pienaar to receive Distinguished Service Award
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals unveils winners of three annual awards, including its first-ever Emerging Leaders Award.
AST&L conference to promote cooperation between U.S., Chinese logistics pros
U.S. group, Chinese organizations co-sponsor program on logistics, transportation, and infrastructure.
How to avoid "sweating slab" in the warehouse
If your cement floors tend to become wet and slippery, there are preventive measures you can take.
Inc. 5000 list recognizes logistics companies for fast growth
Annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private U.S. companies includes many familiar names.
Newsworthy
Packaging: from cost center to competitive advantage
Third-party provider hopes new business unit will help companies make more strategic, cost-effective decisions about packaging.
Four key trends driving company, industry growth rate, Dematic CEO says
E-commerce, labor shortages, increased I.T. appetite benefiting material handling firms.
Regulatory compliance biggest pain in global health care supply chain, annual survey finds
UPS-commissioned poll finds product security trumps cost issues as second-biggest global concern.
FedEx to raise 2014 rates on U.S. express traffic; reports solid results for fiscal Q1
Company continues drive to reduce costs in response to service-level trade-downs.
Largest Teamster local in UPS system urges rejection of supplement to national contract
Local 89 in Louisville upset with proposed health coverage; aims fire at union's lead negotiator.
Rogers fired as head of YRC Freight
YRC CEO Welch takes control of unit.