Table of Contents: February 2015

Fashion forward
In a departure from traditional practice, American Eagle Outfitters designed its new automated fulfillment center to handle both store replenishment and direct-to-consumer orders from the same inventory.
Assessing and managing risk: interview with IBM's Louis R. Ferretti Assessing and managing risk: interview with IBM's Louis R. Ferretti
Five years ago, IBM went in search of a tool to help it better assess the vulnerabilities of its vast global pool of suppliers. When the company couldn't find what it needed, Lou Ferretti and his team built their own.
Five trends to watch Five trends to watch
Taking these five macro trends into account in your warehouse and DC siting decisions will help you reduce supply chain costs and inefficiencies for years to come.
10 packaging line pitfalls ... and how to avoid them 10 packaging line pitfalls ... and how to avoid them
Just one mistake on an automated packaging line can slow the whole operation down or even bring it to a halt. Here's how to keep that from happening.

Voices
Fastlane: Can you go home again?
As offshoring loses its luster, we're looking at a revival of "Made in the USA" (or at least "Made in Mexico"). But the shift won't be quick or easy.
Basic Training: Weak links, strong links: Who is taking over the supply chain?
There have been rumblings that the procurement function is "taking over" supply chain management. That kind of thinking is shaky on its best day and destructive in the long run. Here's why.
Outbound: Are you at risk?
How vulnerable is your supply chain to disruption? Here are 10 questions you need to address.
Big Picture: Change can be a good thing
As they scramble to adapt to shifts in consumer spending patterns, retailers are also finding there's a silver lining.
Inbound
Repurposed Materials Inc. finds new homes for old industrial materials
Company's customers creatively repurpose surplus items, including totes, pallets, and conveyor belting.
CONECT 2015 conference addresses latest developments in international trade and transportation
19th Annual Northeast Trade & Transportation Conference to offer updates on maritime labor, import and export practices, customs policies, and more.
Video contributors show their creative side on DCV-TV
These video clips manage to make material handling equipment entertaining.
Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space.
Fracking creates a huge supply chain challenge
The explosion in unconventional energy production required the oil and gas industry to create a new supply chain for fracking sand in a matter of months.
Winter tips for highway and lift truck fleets
Ryder and Purchasing.com offer advice on preparing equipment and operators for winter.
Consulting firm releases annual "10 Best Warehouse Networks" list
Chicago Consulting's 2015 analysis take growth of same-day delivery demand into account.
3PLs battling trend toward "service commoditization"
Report suggests 3PLs could differentiate themselves by developing expertise in emerging technologies.
Seven trends shaping the future of material handling
Article in our sister publication, CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, outlines how technology developments will influence how products move through the supply chain.
Newsworthy
Freight sector to gain momentum in 2015 following strong 2014, top analyst predicts
Wilson, in year-end Cass summary, sees steady increase in volumes, revenues, profits, and rates.
Global freight volumes, pollution seen rising significantly by 2050, ITF report says
Freight carbon emissions to jump nearly 300 percent by mid-century, report forecasts.
DC Velocity's parent company announces promotions, new hire
AGiLE Business Media augments staffing to meet demands of its evolving digital strategy.