Table of Contents: June 2016

Ship in distress? Get out your wallet
When a ship sinks or suffers damage on the high seas, cargo owners must share the cost of setting things right—even if they weren't at fault.
Partner-in-Chief: interview with R. Gil Kerlikowske Partner-in-Chief: interview with R. Gil Kerlikowske
R. Gil Kerlikowske spent four decades in law enforcement. As head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he's added trade compliance and facilitation to his portfolio and has made building stronger relationships with the trade community a priority.
Rx for a better healthcare supply chain Rx for a better healthcare supply chain
The healthcare supply chain has long been plagued by waste and inefficiency. Could the RFID chip change that?
A field guide to racks A field guide to racks
This quick and dirty primer on the most common types of pallet racks will help you determine which type is best suited to a particular application.
The most dangerous areas of your warehouse (and how to make them safer) The most dangerous areas of your warehouse (and how to make them safer)
The warehouse can be a dangerous—even deadly—place to work. Here's a look at some of the common danger zones—and a few tips for reducing the hazards.
Thomas & Betts hones fulfillment accuracy with pick-by-weight system Thomas & Betts hones fulfillment accuracy with pick-by-weight system
A Canadian electrical component supplier partners with DMLogic to build a foolproof WMS interface for order pickers.
Vitamin, supplement e-tailer boosts packaging productivity by 30 percent, saves money with air-pillow dunnage Vitamin, supplement e-tailer boosts packaging productivity by 30 percent, saves money with air-pillow dunnage
To bring its packing process up to speed and avoid shipping damage, iHerb switched from manually crumpling paper pads to easily dispensed air-filled packaging.
E-commerce and the warehouse of tomorrow E-commerce and the warehouse of tomorrow
How are rapidly changing fulfillment requirements affecting warehouse operations? According to a recent survey, they're triggering widespread changes in everything from facility footprints to long-standing value-chain partnerships.

Voices
Big Picture: Great(er) expectations
Waiting three to six weeks for an order was once the norm. So what has changed to make that unacceptable now?
Basic Training: Journey to the center of the earth
We stand at the precipice of a gap of our own collective making, a gap that deepens and widens with every failure to address the root causes of our talent shortfall.
Outbound: A house divided
Trucking interests find legislative and regulatory goals thwarted by their own fragmented coalition.
Fastlane: Keeping America great
I realize our country has some warts and blemishes, but I don't think we need to make it great. We just need to keep it that way.
Inbound
Jacques Cousteau's famed ship hitches a ride across the Mediterranean
CMA CGM carries the Calypso to a Turkish shipyard for repairs.
Convoys of "drone trucks" cross Europe
Self-driving vehicles complete test runs from Sweden and Germany to the Netherlands.
Online portal links shippers with minority-owned truckers
Website helps satisfy diversity requirements.
Artist opens studio on board containership
Painter creates portraits with engine oil.
Rolls-Royce lays out plans for autonomous cargo ships
Ship crews could control "drone ships" from shore by 2020.
Shoebox gains second life as 3-D llama
Zappos launches campaign to encourage customers to reuse the cardboard containers they receive in the mail.
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.
CSCMP annual conference kicks off in Kissimmee, Fla.
Speakers for September event include an astronaut and a drummer.
Newsworthy
Descartes acquires Pixi Software for $10.4 million
German firm makes applications that automate e-commerce fulfillment.
JDA partners with Google on retail planning tool
Retail.me uses Google Cloud Platform to calculate consumer preferences for retail store planning.
Kewill buys LeanLogistics in combination of big TMS players
Deal creates 14,000-strong carrier network; seen as big response to encroachment of large firms in TMS space.
Going long with your parcel traffic? FedEx and UPS will want more money
Firms poised to apply special handling fees to a "longer" net of shipments.
Shipper group, EDF urge administration to set stricter truck fuel-economy standards
Fleets can cut fuel consumption, carbon emission levels by more than 40 percent by 2025, groups say.
Wal-Mart poised for big e-commerce push in what might be make-or-break move
Two-day e-fulfillment program aimed at the heart of Bezos' Amazon empire.
GS1 drafts standards for efficient e-commerce shipping
Roadmap designed to help harmonize in-store and online fulfillment practices, group says.