Table of Contents: October 2014

"There's always a solution": interview with Lt. Gen. Robert Ruark
When it's your job to figure out what military logistics capability the U.S. will need three to five years out, it helps to have a "can do" attitude. Fortunately, Lt. Gen. Robert Ruark believes there is always a solution to a problem.
The Postal Service rolls the delivery dice The Postal Service rolls the delivery dice
Big rate cuts on Priority Mail, decision to forgo new dimensional weight pricing could trigger a flood of packages during peak season. Will the market share grab be worth it?
Cloud-based WMS: how friendly? Cloud-based WMS: how friendly?
Despite the hype about their user-friendliness, cloud-based warehouse management systems still may require systems integration work.
Texas wants you anyway Texas wants you anyway
You say you don't have a distribution facility in Texas? Texas boosters may think you're crazy, but they'll still welcome you with open arms should you have a change of heart.
Bobcat excavates productivity, inventory improvements Bobcat excavates productivity, inventory improvements
The construction equipment company makes heavy-duty gains in lift truck driver productivity and inventory accuracy with the help of some new technologies.
The big and small of storage
One company wanted a better way to store and retrieve heavy pallet loads, while another needed a system for handling tiny electronic components. The answer for both? An AS/RS.

Voices
Big Picture: The next revolution?
I am persuaded we are on the brink of another major upheaval in logistics and supply chain, spurred largely by technological developments like 3-D printing, ubiquitous connectivity, and the coming of driverless vehicles.
Fastlane: Do you know what's in a $5 footlong?
Whether it's ordering a sub or contracting with a logistics service provider, sometimes we just do not dig deep enough.
Techwatch: Make software learning easy for the work force
Computerized training systems designed specifically for warehouse and logistics applications can make mastering the software easier.
Outbound: A son, a job, a household, and a recovery
As the economy improves, those "boomerang" kids will find jobs, create households, and drive economic growth.
Problem Solved: Problem: Turning a hot, dusty warehouse into a cool, clean work environment
At M. Block & Sons' warehouse, high temperatures and humidity were slowing down the Keurig K-Cup packaging process, which requires a temperature-controlled environment. An insulated modular wall system turned the sweltering space into a clean and cool environment.
Inbound
ALAN names Fulton as group's next executive director
Fulton has run the American Logistics Aid Network since co-founder Menzies' death; Anderson, Alexander also join organization in volunteer roles.
The biggest reverse logistics operation ever, in pictures
Online photo collection provides a look at the logistics of the U.S. military's withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Some gasoline, diesel transporters step on the (natural) gas
In an ironic twist, a new company will provide natural gas fueling services to bulk haulers of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Logistics, material handling companies give back
Here's our monthly roundup of charitable works by companies in the logistics and material handling markets.
French wine completes round-the-world trip
A five-continent ocean journey on CMA CGM ships will test the impact of refrigerated transport on the Burgundy wines' taste and quality.
Conference to look at how 3PLs can survive and thrive
3PL Value Creation Summit 2014 in Chicago will focus on what it will take to stay competitive in the coming years.
Heartland Automation Solutions acquires AutoGuide and Industrial Concepts
The SpaceRak manufacturer has bought and merged the developers of low-cost retrofit kits that turn tow tractors into automated guided vehicles.
Lift truck makers offer training en español
With the number of Spanish-speaking warehouse employees on the rise, some lift truck makers are developing training courses in their language.
Online M.B.A. program to accept TIA certification course credits
The Institute of Logistical Management says its new M.B.A. program will accept credit hours from two Transportation Intermediaries Association courses.
Newsworthy
UPS launches major operational plans to avoid repeat of 2013 peak-season problems
Measures also designed to position company to better manage long-term changes in its package mix.
XPO gets $700 million equity infusion from two Canadian pension funds, one in Singapore
Proceeds to finance acquisition strategy, XPO founder says.
Memo to FedEx ground shippers: Raise your budgets!
Rate increases, changes to dimensional weight pricing for all ground shipments could send shipping rates soaring.
YRC paints rosier picture of landscape in unusual third-quarter update
Yields, tonnage, earnings looking better than last year, surprising some analysts.