Table of Contents: January 2016

(Safely) lifting you higher and higher
As high-density storage gains popularity, more facilities are using high-lift forklifts, like order pickers, turret trucks, and reach trucks. This specialized equipment comes with its own set of safety considerations.
Consolidation in the 3PL industry: Why is it happening, and what does it mean? Consolidation in the 3PL industry: Why is it happening, and what does it mean?
A wave of mergers and acquisitions is reshaping the third-party logistics market worldwide. A longtime industry observer explains what's going on.
Building resilience into the supply chain: interview with Yossi Sheffi Building resilience into the supply chain: interview with Yossi Sheffi
In his new book, The Power of Resilience, MIT professor Yossi Sheffi looks at how businesses can anticipate, prepare for, and respond to disruptive events.
Red Classic hits the road Red Classic hits the road
Coca-Cola's largest independent U.S. bottler makes bet on its trucking assets by revving up for-hire and dedicated operations.
Top four capabilities to look for in your GTM platform in 2016 Top four capabilities to look for in your GTM platform in 2016
Change is a constant in international trade. Make sure your global trade management software includes these four capabilities, and you'll be ready to meet the latest requirements.
The driving force of automation The driving force of automation
German auto parts supplier febi bilstein uses a set of sophisticated automated solutions to keep its customers' cars running right.
Infographic: A snapshot of lift truck trends in North America Infographic: A snapshot of lift truck trends in North America
Here, some predictions about technology, energy sources, and fleet size for industrial trucks.

Voices
Basic Training: Sackcloth, ashes, and a tattered résumé
Note to the chronically unemployed: To stand out from the crowd, you have to demonstrate passion, a servant mentality, a sense of humor, courage, and a tirelessly innovative spirit.
Fastlane: What's ahead in '16?
The highway bill debate is behind us, but the logistics/supply chain community will still face challenges throughout the year. Here's what to watch for.
Outbound: Rolled down the highway
Freight fared well in the transport spending legislative process. Big trucking can't say the same.
Big Picture: Automation: more to come
As the winds of the e-commerce sweep through the country, they're reshaping the distribution landscape ... and making automation worth a second look.
Inbound
Mark your calendar!
Looking for education opportunities? The upcoming Cargo Logistics Canada and RILA Retail Supply Chain conferences may fill the bill.
Are you the "Face of the Supply Chain"?
MHI seeks "poster child" for the logistics industry.
DCV editors get preview of material handling innovations in Japan
A visit to Daifuku Co. Ltd. highlighted unique new designs that are not currently available in North America.
Spanish cops seize cocaine pallets
Drug ring molds powdery drug into fake shipping platforms.
Frankie Forklift teaches young readers life lessons
Author sets children's book in a warehouse.
Do you know a Rainmaker?
Nominations for logistics leaders due Feb. 16.
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.
Photos capture beauty of containerships
Dutch photographer creates portraits of ocean freighters.
Face-to-face with supply chain thought leaders
"Supply Chain Spotlight" video series features advice, challenges, and success stories from 18 top supply chain professionals.
Newsworthy
Descartes buys Oz Development in bid for SMB e-commerce customers
$29.5 million acquisition is third merger since July.
Viastore to implement SAP's warehouse management software in U.S.
Firms have partnered in Europe since 1996.
Paragon Software Systems adds calendar capability to route-planning platform
App helps drivers avoid delays when hauling groceries and other time-sensitive deliveries.
Dearborn Mid-West acquires systems integrator W&H Systems
Merger creates material handling firm dubbed DMW&H.
IT firm rolls out platform to expedite data exchange among carriers, 3PLs, shippers
"Project44" offers free IT "health check" to prove platform's worth.
Southworth International buys Marco Group
Material handling solutions providers will expand operations in Europe, China.
JLL report forecasts strong demand for U.S. industrial property in '16, record low vacancies
E-commerce, expanded Panama Canal, foreign-investor interest to drive growth.
Retailers turn to 3PLs for help in home delivery
Survey shows consumers expect free, fast shipping.