Table of Contents: February 2016

The right ingredients
A German specialty foods producer needed a way to store large quantities of raw materials in a limited space. The answer was a new high-bay DC with a sophisticated AS/RS.
Watching over intermodal's interests: interview with Joni Casey Watching over intermodal's interests: interview with Joni Casey
In her 18 years at the helm of IANA, Joni Casey has made it her mission to advance the interests of intermodal freight transportation providers and their customers.
Furnishing higher productivity Furnishing higher productivity
Though the company itself has kept up with the times, South Shore Furniture's fulfillment model was falling behind. A move to voice-directed picking changed all that.
Blurred lines: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES Blurred lines: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES
As software vendors expand their products' functionality, it's getting harder to tell the different warehousing platforms apart. Here's what you need to know to make the right buying decision.
Keep it up! Keep it up!
When it comes to keeping conveyors and sortation systems in good working order, nothing beats regular upkeep and preventive maintenance.
Responding to the retail revolution Responding to the retail revolution
Preliminary results of the latest "State of the Retail Supply Chain" survey underscore the many challenges omnichannel commerce poses for retail supply chains and those who manage them.
Infographic: Five ways to cut distribution center costs with the Internet of Things Infographic: Five ways to cut distribution center costs with the Internet of Things
Smart devices can enable better decision-making in the warehouse or DC.

Voices
Basic Training: Inventory, accuracy, and corporate performance
Inventory accuracy has been a holy grail for generations. So why is it that we have yet to master it?
Fastlane: Are you fast enough?
When it comes to adopting new technology, moving slowly and cautiously is no longer an option.
Big Picture: A clear-cut idea
Product packaging designed for retail shelves can become a liability in e-commerce. Maybe it's time for a two-tiered approach.
Outbound: Making the grade
A simple, functional (and free) test is available to grade your supply chain's readiness to take on e-commerce. There's not much downside to seeing where you stand.
Inbound
Hershey seeks cool way to ship chocolate
Candy company offers $25,000 prize for innovative container design.
Don't call it basic blue
Warehouses favor blue containers over other colors.
Sensors find parking spots for tired truckers
Pilot program to provide truck parking updates via smartphone apps, dynamic road signage, and websites.
Gary Allen joins DC Velocity's stable of bloggers
Industry veteran to write essays for magazine's website.
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.
Maersk builds virtual classrooms for far-flung workforce
Shipping and logistics giant partners with cloud-based software firm.
Old Dominion to haul New York Mets baseball equipment
LTL carrier catches new contract for spring training.
Florida cargo port to launch pilot program with drones
Airborne cameras could be used to survey land and property.
Transportation Intermediaries Association to host annual conference April 6-9
Group's 2016 conference and exhibition will take place in San Antonio.
Newsworthy
Highway and rail carriers face data requirement to enter Canada
Canadian customs launches eManifest penalty stage starting Jan. 11.
Higher interest rates shouldn't sidetrack strong commercial property market, CBRE says
Industrial segment nearing its sixth year of declining space availability, longest streak on record, company says.
JDA upgrades WMS for omnichannel performance
New release offers customized interfaces for different warehouse jobs.
UPS gets handle on holidays by tweaking network, standing fast against e-tailer demands, onslaught
After two years of misfires, company brings Christmas into alignment.
Truckload spot market rates, imbalances extend 2015 weakness into 2016
Spot prices falling to lowest levels in 2009 put shippers in the driver's seat, carriers in the trunk.
MercuryGate TMS to integrate with DAT Onboarding
Carrier onboarding product accelerates deals between carriers and load providers.
SMC3 upgrades LTL pricing-system software
CzarLite XL platform will streamline outdated system, company says.
Logistical Labs integrates freight pricing software with project44
New web tools will build faster connection among shippers, carriers, and 3PLs.
XPO fires top three executives of former Menlo Worldwide Logistics
President, COO, top sales executive of former Con-way contract-logistics unit depart following XPO acquisition.