Table of Contents: May 2016

Focus on forklift safety
DC Velocity talks with National Forklift Safety Day 2016 Chair Jim Radous about the goals of the third annual safety-focused event sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association.
Airfreight's "belly" ache Airfreight's "belly" ache
Strong passenger demand puts more planes and belly lift in air, suppressing freight yields for carriers and freight forwarders.
From temp to management: interview with Diane Garforth From temp to management: interview with Diane Garforth
She now oversees distribution management for retailer David's Bridal, but Diane Garforth got her start as a warehouse temp. Her career has given her an up-close view of the changes in distribution management brought by technology.
Retailers sharpen supply chain visibility with improved technology Retailers sharpen supply chain visibility with improved technology
To meet the challenge of rising e-commerce sales, businesses are pushing visibility beyond their own warehouses, to include suppliers, partners, and goods in transit.
Forklift safety ... past, present, and future
What makes today's forklifts safer to operate than ever before? Experts name some of the most important improvements of the past few years and explain why forklifts of the future are likely to be even safer.
Getting smart about using software intelligence Getting smart about using software intelligence
Our exclusive survey finds six out of 10 readers are now using software to analyze their supply chain operations.
Taking appropriate measures Taking appropriate measures
To improve operations, you have to assess performance. But what activities do you measure? Get some ideas from our annual metrics survey.

Voices
Fastlane: The rocky road to greener pastures
Be careful about what you sign; a noncompete can make it tough to jump ship.
Outbound: Amateur hours
Truck drivers are demonized as irresponsible rulers of the road. But the fault, dear Brutus, actually lies in ourselves.
Big Picture: Some guidance needed
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way.
Inbound
SuperTruck delivers great gas mileage
Daimler designs a big rig that gets twice the typical mileage for conventional heavy-duty trucks.
IWLA pledges $75,000 to American Logistics Aid Network
International Warehouse Logistics Association supports humanitarian rescue and relief mission.
Students study on-board logistics during Atlantic cruise
Maritime academy adds business students to standard cargo.
MHI innovation awards go to Intelligrated, RAM, and Fetch
"Face of the Supply Chain" title goes to Raymond employee.
Equipment vendors aim to reduce product complexity
One of the hot trends at the Modex 2016 show in Atlanta: product design and technology that make it faster, easier, and less complicated to use and maintain material handling equipment.
Scanner manufacturer inks deal to offer, um, bar-code tattoos
Google and Hulu weren't the only corporations that had some April Fools Day fun ...
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.
CeMAT opens in Hannover, Germany on May 31
Biannual logistics show will focus on "Smart Supply Chain Solutions."
Forklift balloons brighten any party
Feeling sad and lonely when you're not around lift trucks? Forklift-themed balloons will lift your spirits.
Newsworthy
With e-commerce returns on the upswing, pressure may build on DC demand
Can businesses optimize their existing networks, or will they need to go outside for their requirements?
Logistics tech startup Fleet raises $4 million in venture funds
Fleet Quoting Marketplace connects small businesses with freight forwarders.
Customs commissioner says he has confidence in progress of ACE, Single Window
Kerlikowske says improved technology, impact of the Customs Authorization Act, and cooperation with international traders are improving trade facilitation.
eBay Enterprise and Innotrac form combined firm called Radial
New company hires Microsoft executive to develop logistics technologies; will sell e-commerce fulfillment services to retailers.
Flexe adds fulfillment services to on-demand warehouse model
Retail e-commerce firms demand short-term DC capacity.
FedEx Freight unveils flat-rate pricing formula for less-than-truckload shipments
"If it fits, it ships" concept comes to LTL, with nationwide rollout set for late summer.
Werner's Leathers tells truck supply chain to suck it up and live with ELD mandate
Productivity hit might be tough on front end, but highway safety, level playing field demand it, Werner president says.
So you think Amazon rules the world? New report says you ain't seen nothing yet.
Consultant's white paper says Amazon prepared to eviscerate anyone that stands between producer and consumer.