Table of Contents: December 2017

Planning a new DC in a narrow footprint
With a wide array of styles, sizes, and widths, shoes can be surprisingly challenging from a distribution perspective. Clarks solved the problem by rebooting its entire DC operation with high-speed automated equipment—all in a 450,000-square-foot area.
Take this ELD and love it!: interview with John Seidl Take this ELD and love it!: interview with John Seidl
John Seidl is preaching electronic logging device (ELD) compliance, and he's telling his flock that ELDs can do great things for them once they climb the learning curve.
Taming the spot market beast Taming the spot market beast
Startup TransRisk aims to introduce order into the often-chaotic truckload spot market.
Which dimensioning system is right for <em>you?</em> Which dimensioning system is right for you?
Dimensioning systems come in an array of types and sizes these days. Here are some guidelines for figuring out what's the best fit for your operation.
Five tips for getting drivers through your yard faster Five tips for getting drivers through your yard faster
Looking to avoid traffic jams at your docks and in your yard? Here are some ways to use technology to streamline operations.
A return to productivity A return to productivity
The Popken Fashion Group modernized its returns center to accommodate growth in e-commerce orders and an accompanying increase in shipments and returns. The result? A 30-percent productivity improvement in its Rastede, Germany, facility.

Voices
Big Picture: Avoiding a Blue Christmas
Cutting back on store inventories, charging more for online goods, and imposing surcharges are just a few of the ways that retailers and their carriers are coping with the holiday crush.
Fastlane: The continuing saga of driver shortages
The national truck driver shortage is expected to reach 50,000 by the end of 2017, with the gap widening to 174,000 by 2026. It's time to get serious about finding solutions.
Outbound: The Year of ALAN
Let 2017 mark the year this impressive 12-year-old came of age.
Inbound
SMC3 JumpStart hits Atlanta Jan. 23
Later that week, the MIT Research Expo will showcase the work of supply chain master's students.
Jungheinrich takes its show on the road
Year-long road trip will let customers test-drive energy-efficient electric forklifts at their own sites.
Can AR stem the tide of returns?
New augmented reality apps let shoppers virtually "try on" products from their phones.
Material handling firm acquired by owner of Minnesota Twins
Baseball team's holding company buys PaR Systems.
Ryder lauded for hiring vets
Firm wins award for employing retired service members.
Square bottles cut down on packaging
Dow develops system for shipping chemicals without cardboard boxes.
Shipping lines turn to WWII-era tech to foil hackers
Simple radio navigation system could prevent hostile programmers from throwing ships off course.
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
Mexican approach to NAFTA renegotiation offers lessons for U.S., observers say
Unlike here, Mexico's public-private collaboration ensures government and industry are on same page in negotiating positions and priorities, say Mexican trade experts at CONECT conference.
Tesla unveils electric semi tractor with 500-mile range
J.B. Hunt buys multiple Tesla Semis for intermodal and dedicated contract services divisions.
Amazon offers truckers an app for expedited check-in at DCs
Amazon Relay could help drivers maximize hours of service under ELD regulations, analyst says.
Banyan Technology building nationwide truck platform supporting heavy-goods e-commerce
Platform to link retailers, 3PLs with up to 2,000 local truckers for last-mile service.
OOIDA seeks five-year exemption from ELD compliance for class of drivers
Proposal would delay compliance for drivers meeting "small-business" criterion and having clean safety records; FMCSA temporarily waives non-compliance hit on driver CSA scores.