Table of Contents: April 2014

Up, up, and away
If the results of our annual salary survey are any indication, the economy is indeed bouncing back—and bringing logistics professionals' compensation along with it.
Hang together or hang separately? Hang together or hang separately?
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma want to pool information to address "unprecedented" pressures. Will they be just the first ports to go this route, or the only ones?
Software survey: What's hot in today's DCs? Software survey: What's hot in today's DCs?
Our exclusive survey reveals which software applications are being used in DCs and for what purpose.
Great Dane distribution
No, we're not talking about canine logistics, but rather, Denmark's leading retailer, which slashed distribution costs 9 percent by automating its operations.
It's all in the integration: interview with Erik Neandross It's all in the integration: interview with Erik Neandross
Switching from diesel to natural gas can be a game-changer. But Erik Neandross says the players must know the rules of the game before they hit the field.
Care in planning yields healthy gains Care in planning yields healthy gains
UTi Pharma knew its web of DCs could not keep up with business. Careful planning and construction of a new facility led to a healthy boost in productivity and left room for growth.
It's 11 p.m. Do you know where your pallets are? It's 11 p.m. Do you know where your pallets are?
Companies are losing millions of dollars' worth of pallets each year to pilferage or simple lack of accountability. Here are some tips on stemming the losses.

Voices
Techwatch: Warehouse execution systems: the answer for automated DCs?
New software could take over the functions of both a WMS and WCS in highly automated distribution centers.
Big Picture: Wisdom in the blogs
For a long time, I must admit, I didn't really get blogs. It wasn't until we built our own team of bloggers that I finally understood the significant value they can offer.
Fastlane: The continuing infrastructure drama
Congress has been unable to reach a consensus on how to fund critical infrastructure repairs and improvements. Time is running out.
Basic Training: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to thinking they have invented the future
A recent Wall Street Journal feature reminded us that there may be little new under the sun, but that there is plenty of history being newly discovered.
Outbound: Shifting the focus to people
MHI-Deloitte study says investment in staffing will be key to driving further productivity.
Inbound
Motorola Solutions aims to be "conflict-free" in Africa
The manufacturer and one of its suppliers have teamed up to ensure their products do not contain materials mined by armed groups.
Logistics, material handling industries give back
Here's our monthly roundup of charitable works and other good deeds by companies in the logistics and material handling sectors.
Crown stacker truck wins international design award
U.S. and European art and design institutions have chosen Crown's ES/ET 4000 Series stacker lift truck as an exemplar of good industrial design.
CSCMP releases "Definitive Guide" series
New guidebooks cover the core areas of supply chain management plus advice on implementing best practices.
Modex 2014 a hit with attendees, exhibitors
Booth space sold out and the aisles were jam-packed with potential buyers at MHI's biennial trade show in Atlanta.
Creative problem solving on display at Modex 2014
Atlanta trade show showcases products that are unusual, creative, and just plain interesting.
Maersk megaship makes NPR reporter feel small
National Public Radio reporter Jackie Northam recently learned firsthand just how big the world's largest cargo ship really is.
Newsworthy
Amazon plans revamp of U.S. shipping with mix of private fleet, regional carriers, USPS
Company-controlled capacity to serve 40 largest population centers, consultant says.
Finding LTL value: lane by lane
Con-way Freight is pushing its lane-based pricing program as a way to break free from cookie-cutter rates. The jury is still out.
Hyster, Yale parent reorganizes based on equipment type, end market
NACCO Materials Handling Group to focus sales and service efforts in warehouse applications, counterbalance forklifts, and big trucks.
Wal-Mart shifts reporting of supercenter backrooms to logistics division
Move positions supercenters to become de facto DCs.