Table of Contents: November 2015

Study: omnichannel retailers still fine-tuning fulfillment operations
As they grapple with the logistics challenges that omnichannel brings, retailers continue to tweak their operations—whether that means adopting tried-and-true technologies or experimenting with drones.
Starting over Starting over
Calsonic Kansei North America abandoned its old internal logistics processes and adopted a completely new approach, eliminating local drayage, building a brand-new DC, and installing custom-designed automatic guided carts. The award-winning project achieved ROI well ahead of schedule.
Port Everglades seeks its place in the new Florida sun Port Everglades seeks its place in the new Florida sun
It is the top dog in a competitive statewide cargo market. But this Florida port needs infrastructure improvements to be ready for the world of bigger ships.
A champion for supply chains: interview with Kevin Smith
When it comes to the supply chain's value to an enterprise, there's more to it than most companies realize, says Kevin Smith, CSCMP's new chairman. He aims to get the word out.
How to make your omnichannel operations more profitable How to make your omnichannel operations more profitable
The high-profile success stories aside, many companies struggle to run their omnichannel operations at a profit. We asked the experts for some advice.
Heat wave Heat wave
Mezzanines offer a quick fix for companies seeking to expand their warehouse capacity. But special temperature control may be needed, for the sake of both workers and product.

Voices
Big Picture: A rich history moving forward
What will the next two decades hold for the material handling industry? Driverless trucks? Innovations in robotic systems? Products beamed from point to point in Star Trek fashion?
Fastlane: It's like déjà vu all over again
Rather than pass a long-term highway funding bill, Congress will likely kick the can down the road once again. In other words, it's like, well, you know ...
Outbound: Chipping away at the driver shortage, one bite at a time
Higher wages and promises of more home time haven't fixed the problem. Now it's time to make some small changes that, taken together, could make a real difference.
Basic Training: Where have all the leaders gone? Long time passing ...
As the old guard exits the workplace, we'll need successors who know what leadership is and how to exercise it. But who will nurture that next generation of leaders?
Inbound
Stars come out as Toyota celebrates 25 years of lift truck manufacturing in the U.S.
Indiana governor, Toyota top brass recognize company's economic contribution as it continues to expand facilities, product line, and employee base.
UPS opens computer-assisted driver-training site
Menlo Park, Calif., facility uses 3D driver simulators.
Cargo Logistics America aims to bring "entire supply chain under one roof"
The event will connect freight owners with freight movers.
"Unicycle" drones could deliver urban parcels
One-wheeled, GPS-guided robot pitched as an alternative to aerial units.
Got a legal question? New CD may have the answer
Transportation and Logistics Council releases three volumes of popular Q&A series on CD.
Thermal container helps save lives in the sky
Temp-controlled units enable medevac helicopters to safely carry blood for emergency transfusions.
Slick ship paint gives barnacles the slip
New coating reduces drag on ship hulls, boosting fuel efficiency and reducing pollution.
Home Depot finds new tool for cutting pollution
Retailer deploys fuel cell-powered forklifts in Ohio DC.
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.
Newsworthy
Raymond showcases expansion, career opportunities on National Manufacturing Day
Amid growth in lift truck demand, company focuses on developing more skilled labor, new technology, and manufacturing capacity.
DCs boost investment in mobile technology to meet e-commerce demands, survey shows
Honeywell study shows impact of omnichannel fulfillment strategy on warehouse design.
Llamasoft acquires supply chain software division from Barloworld
Michigan firm adds Cast and Optimiza platforms to suite of supply chain design applications.
House decisively passes highway bill; freight interests seem well represented
Six-year, $325 billion measure heads to conference committee to reconcile with Senate version.