Table of Contents: June 2014

HR strategies that WORK
When it comes to attracting, developing, and retaining talent, what worked in the past may no longer be effective. Here are some human resources strategies that speak to today's work force.
The road not traveled The road not traveled
Freight brokers confront a new world where the old models might not work.
Present for the revolution: interview with Gail Rutkowski
Transportation and logistics management has changed markedly in the past three decades. Gail Rutkowski has watched, learned, and played a role in much of what has happened.
How far can you see? How far can you see?
Close connections with your 3PLs—and the inventory they manage—is more critical than ever in the age of omnichannel retailing, e-commerce, and fast cycle times.

Voices
Fastlane: How do you spell transparent?
Note to air travelers: The proposed Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 is anything but.
Techwatch: Waiting on big data "prescriptions"
Technology advances are needed before shippers can use big data analysis for prescriptive solutions.
Basic Training: Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!
Those who succeed in supply chain management tend to have an element of fierceness that helps separate them from the competent, the passionate, and the passionately capable.
Big Picture: A thoughtful agenda
Recently, NASSTRAC issued its first National Policy Agenda. I recommend it to anyone responsible for moving or receiving cargo, no matter what industry you're in.
Outbound: The Kids Are Alright
Like every generation before us, we seem convinced that today's kids just don't get it. But they were wrong, and so are we.
Problem Solved: Problem: Making the best use of space in a consolidated facility
Consolidating two operations under one roof threatened to cause space woes for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's surplus property disposal program. Industrial steel mezzanines eased the crunch.
Inbound
Cold comfort?
Work gear maker Ergodyne reports that its protective clothing—some of it designed for warehouse workers—kept polar explorers warm and dry in a recent trek to the North Pole.
Shift to dimensional pricing gains momentum
YRC is joining FedEx, UPS, and ODFL in basing some of its pricing on shipment size.
When it comes to trucking stats, appearances can be deceiving
Truck tonnage is up, but dry-van volumes are down. What gives?
Industry group works to fill material handling technician gap
MHI's Integrated Systems & Controls Council is taking steps to recruit more technicians to install, maintain, and upgrade warehouse equipment.
Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of recent community service and charitable activities by material handling and logistics companies.
Global 3PL's employees hold "Walkathon" for charity
UTi Worldwide's annual Global Walkathon raises funds for education, housing, and health care in 59 countries.
AGVs recognized by Inc. as a growth business
Magazine identifies automated guided vehicles as one of the best industries for starting a company.
What if everyone took full advantage of fleet telematics?
New report quantifies the potential savings from use of fleet optimization technology and provides useful benchmarks for fleets of all sizes.
National Forklift Safety Day to be held in Washington June 10
First-ever event brings lift truck manufacturers to the nation's capital to educate policymakers, government officials about safety and regulatory issues; customer events also on tap
Newsworthy
Survey: Use of item-level RFID growing, but slowly
Although the technology can help retailers improve customer service, data accuracy, and inventory management, barriers to adoption remain.
"Tough love" or power grab? FedEx's shift to dimensional pricing is in eyes of the beholder
Move necessary to combat margin compression, break shipper addiction to package bloat, some experts say.
Public warehousing interests pass litmus test in defeating Minnesota tax
Leader of repeal effort says industry must be alert in monitoring other states' efforts.
Maryland bars most vertical reciprocating conveyors
State reclassifies VRCs as freight elevators; material handling industry cries foul.
"Do you, broker, take this LTL carrier...?"
It was never love at first sight. But freight brokers and less-than-truckload carriers may find that arranged marriages could end up being profitable ones.