Table of Contents: October 2016

Opening up the roads: interview with Ellen Voie
Women looking to enter the trucking industry have long faced physical and cultural barriers. Ellen Voie aims to change all that.
Barry Callebaut sweetens the task of transportation management with a new TMS Barry Callebaut sweetens the task of transportation management with a new TMS
Thanks to a cloud-based TMS, this Swiss chocolate wholesaler has gained better visibility over 40-foot containers stuffed with West African cocoa ... hungry yet?
Wrapping up savings Wrapping up savings
For Surtech Industries, an orbital wrapper has eliminated the need to manually wrap oversized metal goods.
WMS puts a charge into electrical distributor's operations
Moving to a warehouse management system and scanners has improved picking speed and accuracy at Becker Electric Supply.
A hot new system for cold storage A hot new system for cold storage
When it outgrew its main production and distribution facility, Mydibel, a Belgian producer of frozen potato products, built an automated high-bay warehouse with a state-of-the-art storage and retrieval system.
RFID earns MVP honors for asset tracking RFID earns MVP honors for asset tracking
It has yet to fill its promise where inventory tracking is concerned, but RFID is proving to be a heavy hitter in the growing area of warehouse asset management.
Technology keeps UPS drivers on pace Technology keeps UPS drivers on pace
DC Velocity rides along with a UPS driver to learn the ropes of today's technology-enabled parcel delivery business.
Detroit—the next big logistics center? Detroit—the next big logistics center?
We heard it through the grapevine: There are reportedly plans afoot to turn Detroit into a regional hub. But don't go dancing in the street just yet.

Fastlane: Keeping up with the supply chain
Whether you're looking to get up to speed or up to date in the field, nothing beats a professional certification program. Here are two solid options.
Big Picture: Ready, willing, and disabled
For warehouses struggling with a labor shortage, the solution may lie in an untapped resource: the disabled.
Outbound: The re-re-making of a rate bureau
When rate bureaus began to fade into history, SMC3 reinvented itself as an LTL data and pricing specialist. Now, it's poised to pivot again.
CSCMP creates Supply Chain Hall of Fame
Inaugural inductees include J.B. Hunt, Henry Ford, and Malcom McLean.
Honeybees help shorten delivery routes
Software mimics bees' behavior to find optimal travel paths for trucks.
Inland ports getting boost from e-commerce
E-commerce explosion has led to outsized growth for inland ports, study says.
Got an idle containership? Repurpose it as a salmon farm!
Norwegian company's plan would convert containerships to floating fishtanks.
Logistics pros pedal for a cause
Cyclists raise money to fight type 1 diabetes.
Study looks at ways to boost dockworker safety
Report could pave the way for significant improvements in the health, safety, and welfare of workers at container terminals.
Girl Scouts introduce a transportation badge
Venerable organization adds "Women in Trucking" patch to its offerings.
Trucker saves family in burning home
Police praise veteran's brave rescue.
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.
Accelerate! Conference & Expo rolls into Dallas
November trade show is sponsored by Women in Trucking.
HighJump improves WMS software for 3PL users
Latest AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL features improved mobility and cost tracking for complex multiclient warehouse environments, company says.
GE amps up focus on supply chain software market
Firm's GE Transportation unit buys cloud-based collaboration firm ShipXpress, with plans to go multi-modal with its IT reach into truck and intermodal markets.
Higher costs quietly catching up to LTL carriers, Old Dominion executive says
Cost-recovery behind much of yesterday's rate hike.
GPA's rail expansion project to take aim at West Coast port share, Lynch says
Georgia ports head says rail service to Chicago, St. Louis, Ohio Valley to create alternative to West Coast calls.
BlackBerry launches tracking system for truck trailers, containers
"BlackBerry Radar" tracks location, temperature, and other variables.
Dim weight changes mean more rate pain ahead
As FedEx tightens dim weight screws and UPS likely follows suit, shippers can expect punishment. But it may not be meted out evenly.