Table of Contents: April 2017

Getting around the warehouse tech labor crunch
The persistent shortage of qualified material handling techs can be surmounted, and it starts with some forward thinking, executives say.
Organizing the supply chain: interview with Jeff Farmer Organizing the supply chain: interview with Jeff Farmer
There are a lot of folks working in transport and logistics who are unaffiliated with a labor union. Jeff Farmer, the Teamsters' director of organizing, wants to change that.
The feeling is mutual The feeling is mutual
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) and LeanCor Supply Chain Group simultaneously act as buyer and supplier to each other—to the benefit of both.
Making the right connections Making the right connections
After a merger, SlimFast distributor HNS had just three months to add 60 new trading partners to its EDI network. Fortunately, its HighJump software was up to the challenge.
Fast-paced automated DC meets growing grocer's need for speed Fast-paced automated DC meets growing grocer's need for speed
For a Japanese wholesaler, automated storage systems and other sophisticated technology speed up the distribution of food and household goods to the nation's biggest grocery chain.
Five clever ways to cut your DC's electric bill Five clever ways to cut your DC's electric bill
Today's whiz-bang automated handling systems may be revolutionizing your DC operations, but they're also running up your power bill. Here are some ways to ease the pain.
The workers who came in from the cold The workers who came in from the cold
In the old days, workers at Thermo Fisher Scientific had to don cold suits and brave the freezer in order to fill orders. Thanks to a redesign featuring flow racks and "deli doors," that's no longer the case.

Voices
Fastlane: The continuing infrastructure fiasco
Eight in 10 Americans support infrastructure spending. So why can't our leaders get it together?
Outbound: When good needs to be better
Health care supply chains have some weak links. A new study suggests a digital fix.
Big Picture: Shades of gray—how do we prepare for an aging workforce?
Workers are staying on the job longer than ever; today's technology can help accommodate those older employees.
Inbound
CSCMP renames its annual conference "CSCMP Edge"
Rebranded conference aims to give attendees an "edge" through exposure to the latest supply chain thinking and research.
WERC conference rolls into Fort Worth
Main-stage speakers to include an illusionist and an entrepreneur.
Video game lets players test their routing chops
Play this one at the office and you might not get in trouble with the boss.
UPS claims title as most valuable logistics brand
FedEx and Japan Railways Group take follow-up honors.
Norway plans ship tunnel
Canal would cut through a mountain in a bid to help ships avoid dangerous waters.
Casters inspire fight song
Historians find groovy tune (and logo) in company archives.
Documentary warns of highway neglect
New film sounds the alarm on deteriorating infrastructure and the threat to our daily lives.
DHL launches 33-year plan to eliminate emissions
Company says it wants to be the market leader in green logistics.
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.
Newsworthy
InVia Robotics unveils warehouse robot fleet
"Dynamic AS/RS" is designed for e-commerce fulfillment and material handling, inVia says.
Survey: retailers drive demand for Internet of Things
Zebra study shows retailers seek technologies to let them fulfill online orders from store shelves.
HighJump expands voice picking tools for SMB market
Vitech acquisition adds to HighJump's supply chain consulting and voice-directed picking capabilities.
Surge in spot market traffic drives down truck rates; will contract bids follow suit?
Analyst says shippers in no mood for rate increases this spring.
N.io hires executives from Time Warner Cable and Dell EMC
Startup says its software could accelerate Internet of Things in supply chain.
MercuryGate program connects TMS users with logistics experts
Logistics Integrator Program enlists Redwood Logistics as first partner.
Toyota acquires Vanderlande for US$1.3 billion
Acquisition of Dutch company helps Toyota build one-stop shop for automated material handling solutions.
SensorThink launches warehouse execution system
Specialized WES is designed to serve automated warehouses run by parent company, Tompkins International.
Schneider launches IPO; sale to raise $3.3 billion
Offering price set at between $18 and $20 a share.
Fortna opens software office in Vietnam
Company says strong network of software developers will help speed rollouts of FortnaWCS and FortnaWES products.