Table of Contents: August 2014

Five ways to cut DC costs
Under pressure to slash expenses? Consider these five recommendations from top consultants.
On the right track On the right track
Thirty years since double-stack trains changed the game, intermodal folk step up their efforts to convert truck users.
Battery bonanza!
These recently released products from makers of batteries, chargers, and battery maintenance equipment can help you get better performance from your electric lift trucks.
Social media champion: interview with Tony Martins Social media champion: interview with Tony Martins
Social media can help break down organizational silos and solve supply chain problems, argues consultant Tony Martins. He's successfully put that idea to the test with his "hive" model of communication.
Voice: a perfect fit for omnichannel distribution Voice: a perfect fit for omnichannel distribution
We talked to the industry's top voice system providers to see how voice aligns with the new retail distribution realities.
Illinois: Driven by logistics Illinois: Driven by logistics
With a long history as a center for logistics and transportation, Illinois might be a good spot for your next Midwest DC. Here are three reasons to consider the state ... and one reason not to.

Voices
Techwatch: Want better workplace collaboration? Use social media
Is your team taking too long to solve problems or complete projects? Social media tools might speed up the process.
Big Picture: Summer reading
They may not be beach reads, but our upcoming stories on intermodal's evolution, ways to reduce warehousing costs, and how voice tools fit into omnichannel operations are good reading nonetheless.
Fastlane: Time is running out (and so is the money)
The Highway Trust Fund is running on fumes. But that's no guarantee Congress will address the infrastructure problem in a meaningful way anytime soon.
Outbound: Building jobs by building roads
New report shows that infrastructure is a much more significant factor in a healthy job market than researchers had expected.
Inbound
Kevin Gue, leading material handling scholar, joins DC Velocity's list of bloggers
Posts to focus on research trends that may have an impact on material handling industry.
Want to avoid carrier hell? Don't make 'em dwell!
Transplace carrier study says quick freight turnarounds rank high among preferred shippers. Fast payment turnarounds are appealing, too.
Basing inventory plans on national averages for apparel sizes leads to warehouse inefficiencies
Retailers' failure to account for geographic variations in demand can create operational headaches, says Stitch Labs CEO Brandon Levey.
WERC's DC Measures report now available for purchase
Annual benchmarking study issued by the Warehousing Education and Research Council examines 47 operational metrics, developing trends.
Carrier offers tips for avoiding heat-related cargo damage
Houston-based Excargo Services shares suggestions for maintaining cargo integrity in hot summer weather.
Logistics, material handling companies give back
Here's our monthly roundup of some recent donations and charitable work by companies in the logistics and material handling fields.
E-newsletter, website provide comprehensive information on lift truck industry
For lift truck buyers, Australia's Forkliftaction.com is a valuable source of industry news and product information from around the world.
Most retail supply chains are not ready for omnichannel commerce
Less than one-fourth of retail CEOs participating in a recent study believe the rise of omnichannel shopping will affect their organizations.
New space-saving solutions for ocean shippers, carriers
Two innovations allow shippers to get more inside a container and carriers to ship empties more cheaply.
Newsworthy
Program to speed intermodal goods clearance at Mexican border gaining traction, KCS says
Joint initiative is reducing dwell times in Mexico, rail executive says.
FedEx criminal indictment: An ant on an elephant, or a gorilla in the room?
Long-running probe into dealings with online pharmacies yields 15-count felony charge; some dismiss it as one-off event or government grandstanding.
Ferro to resign as FMCSA head to take top job at motor vehicle trade group
New post keeps her hand in the trucking industry; no successor named as of yet.
House bill would use import duties to finance freight-only road, rail projects
Bill would divert 5 percent of all import duties to pay for freight.