Table of Contents: August 2016

Can we all just get along?
When it comes to DC workers and their mechanical counterparts, the answer is probably yes, if collaborative robots perform as intended.
"Bullishly skeptical" on Cuba: interview with Rob Kemp "Bullishly skeptical" on Cuba: interview with Rob Kemp
There's great opportunity in supporting U.S. brands that will soon have access to 12 million stuff-starved people. But as Rob Kemp and his colleagues discovered during their Cuba trade mission in March, only the very patient need apply.
Batteries and chargers: something new under the sun Batteries and chargers: something new under the sun
Two product categories that haven't changed much in the last 10 years—batteries and chargers for lift trucks and mobile devices—are undergoing a transformation.
A remix for voice? A remix for voice?
It used to be that voice technology was used mainly for order picking and ran strictly on industrial-grade proprietary devices. Those days are fast disappearing.
"Lower for longer" diesel prices not seen curbing enthusiasm for rail "Lower for longer" diesel prices not seen curbing enthusiasm for rail
Avondale analyst says lower diesel prices have led rail users to shift short-haul loads to trucks. Yet others say that's just one factor, if it's a factor at all.
Warehouse upgrade has beautiful results for cosmetics company Warehouse upgrade has beautiful results for cosmetics company
A warehouse addition outfitted with new racks and swing reach trucks makes product storage and retrieval easy for a beauty products supplier.
AS/RS keeps the bottles flowing for distribution center AS/RS keeps the bottles flowing for distribution center
Automated storage and retrieval systems aren't common in bottling operations, but an AS/RS has helped increase efficiency and reduce damage at The Glenmore Distillery's Kentucky DC.
Vertical conveyors increase safety, save time for drug wholesaler Vertical conveyors increase safety, save time for drug wholesaler
Instead of using forklifts, a New Jersey pharmaceutical DC chose a vertical conveyor to raise materials from floor level to a mezzanine.
For pharmaceutical DC, a healthy dose of automation For pharmaceutical DC, a healthy dose of automation
To assure that the right medications get to patients right away, Toho Pharmaceutical built a distribution center that is so highly automated most of the products processed there are never touched by human hands.

Voices
Fastlane: Making sense of outsourcing
With something as complicated as logistics outsourcing, it can pay to bring the provider into the initial planning process. And yes, that may mean picking your LSP before you even get to the RFP stage.
Outbound: Ch-ch-changes
It's no longer simply about how well you manage change; it's also about the velocity with which you do it.
Big Picture: Better safe than sorry
It's said technology breeds crime. So in an industry like ours that's based on advanced technology, it pays to take extra security precautions.
Inbound
Are there battery hoarders in your DC?
Some workers will try to keep the "good" batteries for themselves. It's not because they're dishonest.
DC Velocity and Supply Chain Quarterly rack up the honors
DCV and its sister publication earn awards for editorial excellence.
Warehouses deploy ancient rat remedy: cats
While on warehouse patrol, these felines don't paws to pounce on hungry vermin.
Toyota Material Handling announces research program
Forklift manufacturer solicits proposals for logistics-focused projects.
A. Duie Pyle reaps big return on in-vest-ment
Safety vests produce unexpected benefits.
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.
MHI Annual Conference kicks off in Tucson Oct. 17
Keynote speakers to discuss drones, millennials, economics, and technology.
Newsworthy
DHL Express opens "walking courier" facility in Manhattan financial district
Facility deploys more than a dozen foot couriers, but no vehicles; first of its kind for company in U.S.
IANA says new web portal can streamline intermodal equipment swaps
Drivers can exchange containers and chassis through online "Street Interchange" application.
LTL carriers look to last-mile service to stimulate sagging revenue growth
Big opportunity in an unfamiliar space for carriers.
APICS adds certification program for transportation and distribution
New "CLTD" designation complements education group's existing exams in inventory management and supply chain operations.
UPS and FedEx expand pharmaceutical shipping channels to global market
Expedited drug-delivery services add improved visibility, additional cooling materials, third-party couriers.
Truck drivers lose business during long dock detentions, survey shows
Carriers, brokers on opposite ends on issue's significance.
Material handling market forecast to hit $148 billion in five years
Demand strongest for automated guided vehicles, automated storage/retrieval systems, Research and Markets forecast says.
XPO on track to save $300 million over next two years, executive says
Additional savings to extend beyond Con-way efficiencies, Malat notes.
Can the air cargo industry be saved?
Not until next summer (at the earliest), executives say.