Table of Contents: December 2015

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!
Having trouble finding workers for dull, dangerous, or dirty tasks? For more and more DCs, the answer is a robot.
It won't be long... It won't be long...
Bloodied but unbowed, players in the CNG space patiently wait out a downcycle in oil prices.
Mentoring the next generation: interview with Mike Romano Mentoring the next generation: interview with Mike Romano
Attracting new talent to the material handling industry—and nurturing that talent—has long been a focus of Mike Romano's efforts, both in his own company and in his work with industry organizations.
Safe and secure
Intermodal Cartage Co. put an end to its yard theft problems with a solar-powered perimeter security system.
Three reasons your cubing and weighing equipment is more important than ever Three reasons your cubing and weighing equipment is more important than ever
These familiar tools gain new importance in an age of dimensional weight pricing, warehouse capacity crunches, and omnichannel fulfillment.
Rinse, return, and redeploy Rinse, return, and redeploy
With the right strategy and IT tools to support it, retailers and manufacturers can mitigate the economic hit of product returns.
Reading right
Sorter errors have been greatly reduced since Forever 21 replaced its laser scanners with image-based readers.
Fighting hunger from on high
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey takes to the clouds with a voice system that makes sure food gets where it needs to be.

Voices
Outbound: Something's happening here
Some of the same disruptive technologies that are changing our personal lives are making their way into logistics operations. Are you ready?
Fastlane: Cliff Lynch's annual letter to Santa Claus
With the highway funding issue finally behind us, it's time for some new requests—like an attitude adjustment for an industry that seems to have lost sight of the human side of the business.
Inbound
e-Book looks at elements of retail supply chain success
Companion online tool lets users grade their own supply chain performance.
Let the sunshine in ...
Port of LA to install solar panels as part of clean air initiative.
3PLs praise Mexican trucking professionals
Mexican truck drivers are just as qualified and professional as U.S. drivers, say attendees at 3PL summit.
No trucking uber alles
Uber "surge" fares mimic truckload spot pricing.
Frozen DC is the Fort Knox of ice cream
Highly automated frozen-goods facility operates at -20 degrees F.
Flying horses, courtesy of Volga-Dnepr
Volga-Dnepr helps relocate rare Przewalski horses to a new home in the Russian steppes.
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
Survey: 63 percent of omnichannel retailers plan to upgrade merchandise planning software
Companies are hustling to meet changing demands of e-commerce fulfillment.
Days of wine, roses, and free third-party billing come to end as UPS slaps on new transaction fee
Carrier imposes 2.5-percent charge on all third-party transactions, effective Jan. 4.
To pull off the unprecedented, CP's Harrison fashions proposal to think like his shippers
$28 billion transcontinental merger with Norfolk Southern includes plans to open up competitive access to combined entity's customers.
NACCO, Hyster-Yale lift-truck unit, to change name effective Jan. 1
Change to Hyster-Yale Group designed to reinforce the Hyster-Yale brand.
Dematic acquires Reddwerks to leap into WES software space
Warehouse automation firm gains new capability to meet omnichannel challenges.
Putting their money where their heart is
Many companies claim their material handling equipment is "green." But rarely do companies commit to the kind of environmental principles embraced by this New Jersey-based manufacturer.
Logistics leaders bullish on 2016 spending plans
Respondents to DC Velocity's Annual Outlook Survey see smooth sailing for business conditions, material handling spending, and technology investment.