Table of Contents: May 2015

Hard at work and lovin' it
Respondents to DCV's latest salary survey may be putting in long hours, but job satisfaction remains high.
So far and yet so near? So far and yet so near?
For users of airfreight facilities, proximity to an airport is no longer necessary ... or even desirable.
Warehouse performance improvement programs: What works best? Warehouse performance improvement programs: What works best?
When it comes to boosting DC performance, are you better off focusing on process or technology? According to a recent study, the answer depends on whether you're a shipper or a 3PL.
The big payback The big payback
Improper battery rotation was costing DSC Logistics big money. An automated lift truck battery management system put a stop to that—and paid for itself in a few weeks.
Bringing long industry experience to the classroom: interview with Joseph Estrella Bringing long industry experience to the classroom: interview with Joseph Estrella
For more than three decades, Joseph Estrella held supply chain management positions for major companies. He now brings that experience to bear in the classroom at the University of Rhode Island.
What to look for in a freight rating system What to look for in a freight rating system
Freight-rating software has become an indispensable tool for shippers and 3PLs in a capacity-constrained world. But choosing the right system is more than just a matter of price.
Infographic: A DC Benchmarking Roadmap
The results of our 12th annual study of DC metrics are in. Here's how to use the data to evaluate your own facility's performance.

Voices
Outbound: Solving problems you don't know you have
The T-shirt said it all: "I'm a Logistician. I solve problems you didn't even know you had in ways you can't understand."
Fastlane: A supply chain generation gap?
Is there a gap between the older and younger generations in the supply chain profession? You bet there is, and thank goodness for that.
Big Picture: What's the future of last-mile delivery?
Drones get all the headlines, but there are other ways to get orders into customers' hands quickly without relying on costly parcel services.
Inbound
Dispute between transportation broker groups gets personal
Clash over hike in surety bond minimums escalates via e-mail.
Amusing moments from ProMat
The ProMat material handling trade show in Chicago featured some interesting, even humorous, sidelights.
Former trucker publishes short story collection about life on the road
John Bendel calls on his 11 years behind the wheel to write true-to-life fiction.
eBook offers pro tips for warehouse safety
Lantech guide looks at ways to prevent accidents and optimize work flow.
Gold's Gym opens doors to traveling truckers
Fitness chain offers discounts to road warriors in a bid to promote wellness.
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.
Food industry growth drives demand for cold storage
Refrigerated warehouse space rose 8 percent worldwide in the past year.
Newsworthy
The implications of going global
U.S. industry cannot become complacent and just ride the wave of globalization, warns speaker at the National Defense Industrial Association's National Logistics Forum.
Driver churn among smaller fleets spiked during 2014, ATA says
Turnover gap between large, small carriers at smallest point since 2000, group says.
LTL capturing more load-board mind share; spot market posts double that of truckload, DAT says
TIA panel session touts growing potential of LTL-intermediary relationship.
Swisslog acquires Forte Industries in bid to meet e-commerce demand
Merger will allow high-end automation company to provide goods-to-person material handling products.
Prologis scoops up KTR's U.S. industrial assets, platform to beef up domestic presence
$5.9 billion deal strengthens world's largest developer's footprint in six key U.S. markets.
USPS testing e-fulfillment services for small, mid-size e-commerce businesses
Chicago-based warehouse proving ground for initiative; OIG sees major opportunities for agency in domestic, international e-fulfillment; new services would take USPS beyond its historical mandate.
XPO crosses the pond in earnest as it drops $3.5 billion for Norbert Dentressangle
Massive deal in 3PL sector gives XPO big-time European scale, pushes annualized revenue to $8.5 billion.