Table of Contents: November 2016

Study: Multitasking DCs deliver the goods for omnichannel retailers
Three-quarters of retailers fulfill orders from multiple channels at a single DC, according to our fourth annual omnichannel fulfillment survey.
Not your typical "tree hugger": interview with Jason Mathers Not your typical "tree hugger": interview with Jason Mathers
Instead of seeing businesses as foes of the environment, Jason Mathers of the Environmental Defense Fund believes that they—and their supply chain organizations—are natural allies in the fight against climate change.
Big data, analytics could be a welcome tonic for the beleaguered liner shipping trade Big data, analytics could be a welcome tonic for the beleaguered liner shipping trade
Advanced analytical tools are driving major efficiencies in an industry that badly needs them.
AGVs pioneer new paths in the warehouse AGVs pioneer new paths in the warehouse
Advances in navigation technology could allow automated guided vehicles to boldly go where no AGV has gone before.
Three ways to make omnichannel affordable Three ways to make omnichannel affordable
Retailers strive to meet customer expectations in the age of Amazon without breaking the bank on omnichannel fulfillment.
Infographic: 10 ways to gain more space in your DC Infographic: 10 ways to gain more space in your DC
Facing a space crunch? You may not have to move out or build out. Here are 10 ideas for getting the most from your existing facility.

Voices
Big Picture: Don't stop thinking about tomorrow
We can't set back the clock to simpler times. We live in a complex world that requires forward-thinking solutions.
Basic Training: Infrared infrastructure
We have a plate overflowing with infrastructure challenges. And it's not just our physical and technology infrastructure that needs attention.
Fastlane: Let's switch
A new rule would make it easier for rail shippers to prove a need for "reciprocal switching." Let's hope it leads to more competitive rail service for those who have gone without it for so long.
Outbound: What shoppers want ... and what it means for you
How consumers shop and buy is driving change in logistics at a dizzying pace.
Inbound
Who needs a warehouse when you have a printer?
Daimler creates parts on demand with 3-D printing.
Boeing remembers father of 747 airplane
Engineer who designed first jumbo jet dies at 95.
Cargo thieves shift tactics, targets
Robbers target truckloads of whiskey and syrup instead of cash and electronics.
Drone filmmaker "chases" freighters for art's sake
Belgian drone enthusiast creates sweeping video portraits of Antwerp ships.
Internet of Things goes to sea
Hyundai unveils plan to monitor cargo ships with wireless sensors.
Netherlands becoming hotbed of robotic innovation
Dutch designers test driverless vehicles for road, rail, and sea.
MHI honors John Hill
Industry veteran cited for decades of service to the trade group.
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.
NRF sweeps into NYC on Jan. 15
Retail's Big Show to feature 300 speakers, technology expo.
Newsworthy
Study: Global AGV market to nearly double by 2024
Growth will be driven by rising labor costs and improved navigation technology, according to market research firm.
Robinson's third-quarter results pressured by hard-nosed shippers
Sell rates to customers fell faster than 3PL's capacity purchases, company says.
Saia to expand into Northeast in 2017; move seen as stepping stone to national coverage
Carrier to enter New Jersey, Pennsylvania in second quarter.
GE pays $599 million for German 3-D printing company
Concept Laser GmbH makes metal parts for aerospace, medical, and dental industries.
XPO sells truckload business to TransForce for $558 million in cash
Deal ends XPO's foray into asset-based truckload, gives Canada-based TransForce foothold in Mexico, NAFTA trades.
Online shoppers show strong preference for specific parcel carriers
Study shows e-commerce consumers are loyal to UPS, USPS, and FedEx... in that order.
Uber launches trucking marketplace
UberFreight could bring load-matching efficiencies, surge pricing, self-driving trucks.