Table of Contents: September 2014

The winter of their discontent
Bad weather, tight capacity made for soaring costs and tense times for the trucking industry in the first quarter. Was this an anomaly or the shape of things to come?
Too-great expectations? Too-great expectations?
Many young supply chain professionals have unrealistic expectations about job requirements and career paths. Employers and educators must do a better job of communicating what skills and traits new hires will need in the real world.
A new dimension in pricing: interview with Hank Mullen A new dimension in pricing: interview with Hank Mullen
The next few years will likely see dimensional-based pricing eclipse the old model of ratemaking based on weight. Hank Mullen says it's about time we say farewell to the old and bring in the new.
Big surprises from "big data" Big surprises from "big data"
Analyzing seemingly unrelated data sets can uncover the hidden causes of lift truck fleet management problems.
Vital signs Vital signs
Proper signage and informational labeling can go a long way toward promoting workplace safety. Here's what you need to know.

Voices
Problem Solved: Problem: Bringing order to a chaotic inventory replenishment system
U.K. coffee retailer Costa Express's growth plans were threatened by an inability to consistently forecast its partners' inventory replenishment needs. Software from ToolsGroup ended the guesswork and gave Costa clear visibility into its supply-demand world.
Big Picture: Taxing times
In the long term, we need a mechanism other than the per-gallon fuel tax for funding highway projects. But in the short term, we need members of Congress to step up and raise the fuel tax.
Outbound: Feed the pups
Modest proposal to increase the length of twin trailers to 33 feet from 28 feet deserves to be in the next transportation reauthorization law.
Techwatch: TMS or 3PL?
Before hiring a 3PL to manage your freight, consider whether you can do it yourself using transportation management software.
Basic Training: Is it Aha! Or Duh! Or D'oh?
It is OK to celebrate improvement, new applications for old tools, and the march of progress. But let's save the proclamations and euphoria for those few genuine breakthroughs.
Fastlane: How much is too much?
Sure, information is power. But do you really need to know how many orders were loaded at Door 5 by employees wearing blue shirts?
Inbound
CSCMP names Regan recipient of group's Distinguished Service Award
Founder of TranzAct Technologies to receive honor at CSCMP annual meeting in September
New tax rules change write-off methods for warehouse, DC improvements
Certain upgrades must be deducted over an asset's useful life rather than expensed in the year work is performed.
It was 20 years ago today...
Aug.11 marks the 20th anniversary of the first online transaction. Much has changed in the ensuing two decades.
Don't try this at home, kids: Pallets as skateboards
By adding four wheels (and one tram line), a Czech artist transforms the humble shipping platform into a "pallet skate."
NITL conference, TransComp show to examine the road ahead for freight
Annual transportation conference and exhibition to look at the future of freight while showcasing new technology, services, and solutions.
NFL, Zebra kick off player tracking technology
System will place RFID tags in players' shoulder pads to track individual performance.
Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of good deeds and donations by logistics and material handling companies.
DCV video production wins national, regional awards
Move It! "Web TV" show recognized for excellence by American Society of Business Publication Editors.
Industry veteran Joe Andraski joins DC Velocity's blogger lineup
Former supply chain exec and association head to share observations on supply chain collaboration, technology.
Newsworthy
Roadrunner buys Active Aero for $115 Million in Cash
Deal puts Roadrunner into expedited air, ground segment.
U.S. sea imports to hit all-time record in August due to labor uncertainty, report says
Importers still rushing to expedite deliveries as West Coast labor talks continue.
Darling, FMCSA chief counsel, named as agency's acting administrator
Bronrott, deputy administrator, to leave DOT by end of year.
Motor carrier group urges DOT secretary to remove CSA scores from public viewing
Move would prevent public from selecting carriers based on inaccurate results, group says.
Appeals court panel strikes down FedEx Ground independent contractor model in California
Panel finds FedEx drivers meet employee classification under state law; model invalidated in Oregon as well.