Table of Contents: August 2017

How the right delivery solution offered one company hidden benefits
Australian landscaping and building supplies distributor BC Sands installed route planning and scheduling software to tighten up its delivery operations. As it turned out, the software did all that and more.
Cardinal rules for supply chain excellence: interview with Scott Nelson Cardinal rules for supply chain excellence: interview with Scott Nelson
As logistics challenges go, running a supply chain in the high-stakes healthcare sector has to be near the top of the list. Scott Nelson of Cardinal Health keeps his operation on track by following five basic principles of logistics excellence.
Intermodal and the invisible man
Autonomous trucks could spell the end for railroads' intermodal cost advantages. But the jury on self-driving vehicles is still out.
For DCs, the (hiring) heat is on For DCs, the (hiring) heat is on
Amazon's explosive expansion in fulfillment center operations will drive up demand for warehouse labor. The question is to what degree.
Roll out the barrels! Roll out the barrels!
With its craft beer business booming, beverage supplier Atlas Distributing needed a better way to store and handle heavy kegs. Specialized gravity-flow racks provided the answer.
Right-size boxes make cents Right-size boxes make cents
Custom boxes might sound expensive. But for one electronics distributor, an investment in box-making equipment brought all kinds of savings.
Android leads charge with warehouse handhelds Android leads charge with warehouse handhelds
As Microsoft prepares to end support for its Windows Mobile operating system, DCs look to the Android OS for a new generation of rugged handheld devices.
Concrete results Concrete results
An automated packaging line delivers solid performance for a Mexican cement producer.
A fruit-full solution A fruit-full solution
Mobile racks help a fruit grower keep products fresh and accessible.

Voices
Fastlane: Wanted: Modern supply chain managers
As technology fast becomes the driving force behind supply chains, managers can expect to see their job descriptions expand to reflect that.
Outbound: Capital amnesia
Seventeen years after billions of dollars followed the Pied Piper of dot-com over the cliff, the cycle appears poised to repeat. Only this time, the target is the freight brokerage business.
Big Picture: What's old is new—again
Remember how e-commerce was supposed to push out all the brick-and-mortar retailers? It's finally happening.
Inbound
A Prime opportunity for warehouse antics
Amazon employees pick cross-dressing over cross-docking.
Mitsui successfully tests windshield for containerships
Trial shows that outfitting cargo ships with, yes, windscreens can cut emissions by 2 percent.
Amazon patents shipping label with built-in parachute
Device would ensure a soft landing for packages delivered by drone.
Survey: Ships lose 1,582 containers at sea per year
Ocean carrier group looks to quantify the problem and identify possible fixes.
Finally! A field guide for container-spotters
New pocket guide helps enthusiasts identify shipping containers and the corporations that own them.
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.
CSCMP Edge opens in Atlanta in September
Annual conference and exhibition is expected to draw 3,000-plus supply chain professionals from around the globe.
Newsworthy
Take me out to the ... trailer!
Old Dominion to award World Series tickets to winner of "guess the number of baseballs in the trailer" contest.
Robots will collaborate with warehouse workers, not replace them, vendors say
Designers look to simplify robot operations by adding video-game-based interfaces.
New lithium-ion batteries adaptable to all forklift types, manufacturer says
Romeo Power says flexible configuration could speed adoption of lithium-ion batteries in material handling.
Robinson gets caught in buy-sell squeeze as second-quarter truckload net revenues plunge
Shippers refuse to move off contract rates as purchased transport costs spike in quarter.
SAP adds track and trace analysis to IoT platform
Leonardo platform now features supply chain visibility command center called IoT Bridge.
CSCMP and TSC Advantage offer cybersecurity resources to protect supply chain
Training program follows June cyberattack that disrupted Maersk, FedEx.
Don't want to return that stuff? Keep it, Amazon says
Program allows merchants to nix returns, but would still require customer refunds.
How the right delivery solution offered one company hidden benefits
Australian landscaping and building supplies distributor BC Sands installed route planning and scheduling software to tighten up its delivery operations. As it turned out, the software did all that and more.