Table of Contents: April 2016

Fast food—Japanese style
A dedicated facility for home delivery of fresh and frozen groceries in Kobe, Japan, assures that orders are processed quickly and accurately. Automation is the differentiator.
Shallow waters, deep legacy: interview with Curtis J. Foltz Shallow waters, deep legacy: interview with Curtis J. Foltz
Curtis Foltz, who steps down June 30 as head of the Georgia Ports Authority, proved that the negatives of low drafts could be surmounted if you did everything else right.
Who's the greenest of them all? Who's the greenest of them all?
Makers of wood, plastic, metal, and cardboard pallets all claim their products are a sustainable option. So how do you decide among them?
The brain of the yard The brain of the yard
An IBS Dynaman yard management system helps Dot Foods direct the flow of goods and assets in its busy yards.
"Active" and aware
Managing disparate data systems and properly interfacing with customers are critical to tracking thousands of trailer assets.
American Eagle DC spreads its wings American Eagle DC spreads its wings
After initially handling e-commerce fulfillment, AE's Pennsylvania facility recently added store fulfillment to the mix. Here's a look at how it's all working out.
Infographic: Logistics salaries are on the rise Infographic: Logistics salaries are on the rise
Supply chain professionals enjoyed a boom year in 2015, according to DC Velocity's 13th annual Salary Survey.

Voices
Big Picture: A dim outlook
When it comes to the impact of dim weight pricing on shipping behavior, the only thing that's clear is that further study needs to be done.
Basic Training: The changing face of leadership
We are slowly but surely accepting that one does not one day decide to become a leader. Rather, other people—staff, peers, or colleagues—choose to become followers.
Fastlane: The monkeys are back
The start of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Monkey may have gone largely unnoticed, but it's beginning to look as if this monkey year will see more supply chain changes than any of the last 50.
Outbound: What's your gluten-free?
Many companies have an untapped competitive differentiator that they shouldn't ignore.
Inbound
Mark your calendars!
Looking for education opportunities? Upcoming conferences organized by WERC and the Transportation & Logistics Council may fill the bill.
Six-pack case builder speeds craft beer to market
New packaging machine addresses the tedious, labor-intensive work of hand-erecting four- and six-pack carriers and master shipping cases.
Program promotes awareness of veterans with logistics skills
"Vets to WERC" touts alignment of military logistics experience with supply chain jobs.
Cargo blimps designed for low-cost air freight
Lockheed Martin dirigible designed to reach remote sites.
High school opens logistics training center
California students learn job skills in working warehouses.
Drone delivers cookies to cargo ship
Future applications could include the deliveries of medicine and spare parts.
Warehouse overstock can generate tax deduction
IRS gives tax credit for charity donations.
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
Intelligrated launches material handling equipment-maintenance software
Application analyzes big data to predict breakdowns and repairs.
BlueCrew adds labor management features to warehouse staffing app
Platform picks temporary workers for jobs by rating their skills and performance.
Dematic acquires Australian firm NDC Automation
Sydney-based company makes automated guided vehicles for warehouse automation.
Clearpath launches smaller self-driving vehicle for e-commerce warehouses
Otto 100 robot to carry cases and totes around DCs.
FusionOps launches prescriptive analytics tool
Cloud-based business intelligence predicts supply chain demand.
Project44 unveils free data tool allowing LTL carriers to update transit-time changes
Move seen as alternative to SMC3's "CarrierConnect" functionality.
Bell and Howell launches intelligent parcel lockers for e-commerce fulfillment
Cleveron's PackRobot locker is used throughout Europe for consumer package delivery and pickup.
6 River Systems lands $6 million funding to develop warehouse fulfillment robot
iRobot joins investment group supporting former Kiva Systems executives.
BlackBerry announces asset-tracking system for truck fleets
Smartphone pioneer says "BlackBerry Radar" can reduce theft and boost utilization without expensive IT.