Table of Contents: October 2015

Has RFID found a home?
Despite its early supply chain promise (and Wal-Mart's much-hyped 2003 mandate), the RFID revolution has stalled. Will the demands of omnichannel commerce reignite it?
Countdown to D-Day Countdown to D-Day
The upcoming holiday peak season will be the first since FedEx and UPS moved to dimensional weight pricing. Are the nation's parcel shippers ready?
Freeze frame! Freeze frame!
Despite the sub-zero temps, no one's complaining about working conditions in the freezer of North America's largest refrigerated warehouse. That's because it's "staffed" by a sophisticated mega-AS/RS that performs virtually all of the work.
How to avoid a retrofit horror story How to avoid a retrofit horror story
Integrating new equipment into an existing operation can be a challenging and frustrating endeavor. Here are seven tips for keeping your project from turning into a nightmare.
A focus on mobility: interview with Rosabeth Moss Kanter A focus on mobility: interview with Rosabeth Moss Kanter
All the talk about potholes and creaky bridges is getting us nowhere, says Rosabeth Moss Kanter. To kickstart the infrastructure debate, we should be talking about mobility and the economic opportunity it makes possible.
Trickle-down logistics Trickle-down logistics
You may not think of the military as a wellspring of logistics innovation. But the Defense Department has a long history of developing (and implementing) cutting-edge tools. Here are just a few examples.

Voices
Fastlane: Welcome to the neighborhood
Rising wages and recent socio/political developments in Asia are prompting U.S.-based companies to explore the possibility of nearshoring to a nation closer to home: Mexico.
Basic Training: Put me in, coach; I'm ready!
Managers sometimes neglect the talent development part of their job because coaching can be awkward and challenging. But in an era of teamwork and collaboration, it's vital to success.
Outbound: Once again, we will rock you!
In DCV's early days, we amused ourselves by including a Beatles song reference in every issue. We're bringing back the references, but this time, we're drawing from the full genre of classic rock.
Inbound
Arkansas college gets $3 million grant for truck studies
Endowment will fund a supply chain logistics management degree program.
Fresh talk on produce supply chain issues
Weekly blog examines "ingredients" of successful cold chain operations.
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.
Ikea assembles zero-emissions drayage plan
Swedish retailer will use nonpolluting electric vehicles to move containers at the Port of Los Angeles.
Driving survey shows widespread speeding
Just 37 percent of respondents say they obey posted limits.
New book examines risk management
MIT logistics expert explores resilient supply chains.
Unilever honored with Salzberg Medallion
British-Dutch corporation earns award for its supply chain sustainability practices.
NITL conference and freight exhibition rolls into New Orleans
Conference speakers will include heads of Surface Transportation Board and Federal Maritime Commission.
Newsworthy
Rubber hits the road for XPO as it buys heavily into the trucking business
XPO's proposed $3 billion take-out of Con-way puts founder Jacobs deep in the asset-based scrum.
Think slower means cheaper? Not if you're a FedEx customer in 2016, data show
Rate increases will bite harder on less-premium FedEx Express offerings, consultancy says.
Intermodal folks take stock of their vision—and the realities standing in their way
Intermodal will not solve the world's ills, or even the transportation industry's.
System Logistics Corp. opens facility for U.S. production of Modula lift modules
Italian company sees fast growth in North American warehouse automation market.