Table of Contents: September 2016

TMS vendors turn their focus to smaller shippers
Cloud-based platforms and software-as-a-service options bring transportation management system capabilities to a wider range of users.
Dim weight pricing—One year on Dim weight pricing—One year on
How have parcel and less-than-truckload shippers responded to the switch to "dim weight" pricing? According to a recent survey, the answer depends on how well they understand the new rating scheme.
How to reach the height of productivity How to reach the height of productivity
Want to get the most from high-lift forklifts like order pickers, turret trucks, and reach trucks? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind, along with some productivity-boosting tips from the manufacturers.
REI's newest distribution center is a model of sustainability REI's newest distribution center is a model of sustainability
It's known for selling gear and apparel for the great outdoors, but when it went to build its latest DC, REI turned its focus inward, creating a facility that is both ecofriendly and worker-friendly.
Power to the people! interview with Brian Devine Power to the people! interview with Brian Devine
Forget the robots. The outlook for manual labor in the DC hasn't been this bright in years, says staffing expert Brian Devine.

Voices
Basic Training: Optics: It's all in how you look at it
Though it runs counter to most supply chain professionals' nature, there's merit in letting the world know how good you are—that you and your team deliver the goods, anticipate challenges, and head off problems in the making. But it's important not to overdo it.
Big Picture: Are we assuming too much?
When it comes to the services our customers want or need, our assumptions may be way off base.
Outbound: We wish you a Merry Conference
For logistics and supply chain junkies, CSCMP's Annual Conference is like Christmas in September. Here's how to make the most of it.
Inbound
Here comes the rain again ...
FM Global report warns supply chain professionals to prepare their networks for epic floods.
The Raymond Corp. celebrates the 65th anniversary of the reach truck
In 1951, the company received a patent for a high-lift truck that was revolutionary then and is ubiquitous and indispensable now.
Volkswagen fines to fund "clean truck" initiatives
Automaker's pain may turn out to be the logistics industry's gain.
Seven clues that "Game of Thrones" is really about hazmat shipping
Hazmat specialist Labelmaster identifies eerie similarities between shipping hazardous materials and the wildly popular TV series.
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.
Pack Expo opens in Chicago Nov. 6
Event will showcase the industry's latest processing and packaging advances.
Newsworthy
Business down, prices up: For LTL carriers, oligopolies are a good thing
Concentrated market keeps contract rates elevated even as traffic declines.
Warburg Pincus shells out $255 million for broker BlueGrace Logistics
Funds to be used for growth capital, acquisitions; Warburg sees BlueGrace as "next Coyote Logistics," executive says.
InVia Robotics unveils warehouse robots
System is designed for e-commerce fulfillment tasks.
Blackstone's investment in JDA sends "no sale" signal to Honeywell, other suitors
Private equity firm's infusion of $570 million likely to keep JDA under New Mountain umbrella.
Logility acquires software integrator AdapChain
Combination could help supply chain users connect ERP platforms with WMS and TMS.
Despite calls for collaboration, truck shippers seen sticking to the same old script
For shippers, extending themselves to their carriers only goes so far—if it goes anywhere at all.