Table of Contents: December 2013

Mobile tech taking hold across the supply chain
Mobile technologies designed for DCs continue to improve, but the real action is in the growing use of these devices at every link in the supply chain.
A new shade of 3PL A new shade of 3PL
Being asset-poor has long been the path to riches. But as truck users face what may be a lengthy period of supply contraction, will a new type of intermediary come to rule the roost?
Pioneering RFID in the DC Pioneering RFID in the DC
Item-level tagging has sped up inbound and outbound processing at a German 3PL's distribution center. But issues remain in using RFID for item selection.
Emerging logistics hot spots: The West Emerging logistics hot spots: The West
While they may not displace Southern California as the key logistics hub for the western United States, these three regions are on the rise: Dallas/Fort Worth; Reno, Nev.; and Quincy, Wash.
A measurable difference A measurable difference
For global supply chain solutions provider Panalpina, access to solid weight and dimensional data has led to better, more efficient cargo handling operations.

Voices
Big Picture: Another year older
We come to the end of another year, and I don't think most of us will lament the passing of 2013.
Techwatch: Need logistics insight? Consider analytics
Developers of warehouse and transportation management software are adding analytical tools to their packages. That's good news for logistics managers.
Outbound: "The most original, creative idea on infrastructure financing in the last 30 years"
Wondering how the country can finance needed improvements to its infrastructure? Here's an idea worth a look.
Fastlane: Cliff Lynch's annual letter to Santa Claus
With tens of thousands trying to buy or keep health insurance and others curious about who's reading their e-mail, you'll probably be inundated with non-supply chain requests this Christmas. Even so, I have a few things I'd like you to consider.
Basic Training: In (faint) praise of managers and administrators
It's easy to turn up the snark machine when it comes to managers and administrators. But the truth is, leaders need them to turn vision into reality.
Inbound
Retiring head of the Wine and Spirits Shippers Association offers words of wisdom to importers, exporters
Geoff Giovanetti, longtime crusader for shippers' interests in regulatory matters, shared what he's learned at Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) symposium.
Are ocean containers becoming cultural icons?
The big steel boxes are playing a starring role in films, public art, and musical performances.
MHI's second Modex set for March 2014
Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center will host 800-exhibitor trade show and two other co-located supply chain events.
New Move It! Web TV clip takes you inside a Cardinal Health mega-DC
New segment offers exclusive look at how Cardinal Health fulfills orders for hundreds of medical facilities from its Waukegan, Ill., distribution center.
Good deeds of the month
Here's our monthly roundup of community service projects and donations by companies in logistics, transportation, and material handling.
Defense logistics expert Alan F. Estevez moves up at DOD
Senate confirms 2004 DC Velocity Rainmaker to high-level logistics and procurement post in Defense Department.
You will meet a tall, dark logistician ...
Our jobs as logistics industry journalists bring us into contact with a fascinating array of companies and characters.
EDF wants to help you "go green"—and save money
Environmental Defense Fund offers program aimed at helping companies take their energy management efforts to the next level.
Newsworthy
FedEx, Cardinal Health launch 3PL partnership to serve health care manufacturers
Firms to integrate third-party logistics operations, including FedEx's global shipping network.
Associated to acquire Peach State
Peach State will continue to operate under its own name and brand.
Top customs official: CBP will increase its focus on exports
Agency is working with trade stakeholders to streamline export processes while harmonizing with import regulations overseas, Acting Commissioner of Customs Tom Winkowski tells international trade group.
Big data, global trade management may force shippers, 3PLs to re-evaluate their relationships
Annual Third-Party Logistics Study predicts that in the future, successful shipper-provider relationships will be those that can process large amounts of data, handle cross-border trade.
XPO expands last-mile delivery presence with purchase of Optima Service Solutions
All-cash deal adds to revenue from earlier deal for 3PD.
Capgemini study shows pieces still missing from supply chain puzzle
New study reveals retailers still struggle with meeting consumer demand during peaks.
Schneider revamps intermodal service on U.S.-Mexico corridor
New connection with Canadian National to shave a day off transit times.