Table of Contents: February 2018

Only so many hours in the dray
ELD compliance issues for dray drivers could impact their operations, at a cost to the intermodal ecosystem.
Convenient distribution Convenient distribution
A Swiss grocer doubles down on efficiency by filling orders for convenience stores and supermarkets from a single DC.
Safety first: Interview with J. Scott Bicksler Safety first: Interview with J. Scott Bicksler
Keeping people safe has been the focus of Scott Bicksler's career, first in the U.S. Army and now with a national temporary staffing agency.
Bee Sweet Citrus juices up its packing operations Bee Sweet Citrus juices up its packing operations
As business blossomed, the California citrus packer began experiencing bottlenecks in its packing operations. A sophisticated automated palletizing system cleared the jam.
Making light work of labeling Making light work of labeling
Lighting manufacturer turns to Teklynx software to streamline the production of its safety labels.
The damage is (no longer) done
Complaints about product damage led food and beverage maker Jel Sert to seek out a sturdier shipping platform. A switch to CHEP's pooled half pallets brought an end to the problem.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
Some retailers are finally making strides in their efforts to master the omnichannel game. But others still have a ways to go.
ELDs: A future beyond HOS? ELDs: A future beyond HOS?
You may think of the humble electronic logging device (ELD) as a tool for tracking truck drivers' hours of service (HOS). But the technology's developers have a much grander vision.

Voices
Outbound: Navigating a disruptive decade
No one knows what the future holds for the logistics and supply chain profession. But an ambitious new research project aims to guide the way.
Big Picture: Snow-covered roads? No problem
If self-driving vehicles are to succeed, they must be able to work in all types of weather
Inbound
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.
UPS gets its funny on
Got the wintertime blues? These tweets from UPS (yes, that UPS) will have you laughing out loud.
Virtual reality reaches the warehouse
Startup develops VR-enhanced training module for forklift drivers.
Night time is the right time
Electric semis run quietly enough for midnight deliveries in urban areas.
Caterer finds high-tech recipe for delivery success
Forget secret sauces. This Toronto-area caterer credits its off-the-shelf routing software with keeping customers happy.
Watch your step
Staffing firm offers advice for avoiding winter's slips, trips, and falls.
Pallets as social commentary
Museum installation featuring pallet-based sculptures illustrates the declining role of physical labor.
Newsworthy
MonarchFx partners with NFI to build first DC
Highly automated facility will be first node in planned e-commerce fulfillment network, firm says.
J.B. Hunt broadens last-mile service with launch of dedicated network
Service to support deliveries for high-volume retailers.
Zebra launches mobile computer lines for Android
Handheld and vehicle-mounted models support transition from Microsoft Windows OS.
Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation
Platform, 18 months in making, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.
U.S. Chamber proposes five-year, 25-cent-per-gallon increase in federal fuels tax
Hike would raise nearly $400 billion over 10 years.
Kion AG takes minority stake in Chinese truck maker EP Equipment
Move aims at expanding Kion's market for entry-level equipment, company says.
Look out above: 2018 could be one for the books for truckload rates, analyst says
First salvo to be fired in upcoming bidding season, Hartford says.