Table of Contents: May 2014

The dos and don'ts of buying used lift trucks
Previously owned lift trucks can be a great choice for some buyers. Three dealers offer advice on when to go that route and how to avoid getting stuck with a lemon.
Into thin air? Into thin air?
The beleaguered airfreight industry may see some cyclical sunshine, but secular trends are likely to bar a return to the glory days of growth.
Control towers made easy Control towers made easy
Companies seeking supply chain visibility can set up a control tower on their own. But there's also an alternate route.
Locate a DC in Missouri? Show me why Locate a DC in Missouri? Show me why
There are four reasons why you should consider locating a distribution center in the "Show-Me State." And one good reason why you shouldn't.
Mission accomplished: interview with Maj. Gen. Ken Dowd
In the days after Hurricane Sandy, the commercial supply chain for fuel basically collapsed. That's when Maj. Gen. Ken Dowd and the DLA stepped up.
Closing the gap Closing the gap
Our 11th annual study of distribution center metrics shows that where performance gains are concerned, the lowest achievers outshone their "best-in-class" peers this year.

Voices
Techwatch: What do shippers want? Custom IT solutions
Study finds shippers are no longer satisfied with standard-issue IT offerings from their logistics service providers.
Big Picture: Winds of change in logistics
Some events are afoot that could have profound effects on the way businesses operate in the not-very-distant future.
Fastlane: To toll or not to toll
That is the question—at least where the U.S. highway infrastructure is concerned.
Outbound: Pause, reflect, honor
We urge all who knew, or knew of, him to take a moment to pause, reflect, and honor the memory of Jock Menzies.
Inbound
Experts from industry, academia join DC Velocity blogging team
Michael H. Terzich, Jennifer Batchelor add their knowledge to magazine's list of bloggers.
Supply chain pioneer's new book provides a personal take on life and business
Joe Andraski's My Incredible Supply Chain Journey ... and What You Can Learn From It is a unique account of his personal story, Nabisco history, and what makes a supply chain organization great.
Trade community has high hopes for new customs commissioner
R. Gil Kerlikowske's background is in law enforcement, but importers think he'll give trade facilitation its due.
Women In Trucking announces new award, educational event
Organization that advocates for women in the trucking industry unveils new initiatives.
Logistics gives back
Here are some examples of recent community service and charitable activities by companies in the logistics and material handling industries.
Rocky Mountain high: Colorado pot legalization pushes up warehouse rents
According to a recent report, demand for warehouse space by marijuana dispensaries is driving Denver-area rental rates through the roof.
Could smartphones revolutionize logistics?
DHL report says phones can do more than just assist with track and trace.
IWLA to help more members go green
Warehouse group looks to bring more small companies into the sustainability fold.
Newsworthy
Transplace readies expansion of intermodal offering in U.S.-Mexico trade
Third-party logistics provider also rolls out Mexican version of U.S. TMS.
U.S. Bank to extend payment terms to shippers while keeping carrier terms intact
Bank says it is first provider to extend shipper terms without affecting carrier payment schedules.
Zebra Technologies to acquire Motorola Solutions' enterprise business
$3.45 billion deal to include Motorola's mobile computing, bar-code scanning, and wireless LAN solutions.
Drivers wanted: English as a primary language not required
Will U.S. truckers look overseas to recruit drivers?
Push for national hiring standard for truckers pits shippers, brokers against plaintiffs' bar
TIA, others seek to end trial lawyers' successful liability run against industry.
UPS Freight making move to density-based pricing, chief says
Holmes said initiative being introduced to "interested" shippers.