Table of Contents: July 2017

Who are the Rainmakers?
Each year, DC Velocity honors a select group of supply chain professionals who have helped move profession forward. We call them the Rainmakers. Read the interviews with this year's honorees.
Delivering heavy shipments to the home
Almost anything can be ordered online. That has helped spawn a logistics ecosystem designed to deliver the big and heavy stuff.
Three ways to extend the life of your forklift batteries
Warehouse personnel can take simple steps today to improve battery life tomorrow.
Milking the benefits of voice Milking the benefits of voice
A photographic look inside a Hood milk production and distribution facility.
Nine ways to boost warehouse performance (and cut turnover) Nine ways to boost warehouse performance (and cut turnover)
Looking to take your DC operations to the next level? Consider adopting these nine habits of high-performing warehouses.

Voices
Outbound: Goodbye, jingles; hello, white papers
Rather than simply touting their latest product or service, savvy marketers are taking the soft-sell approach, using blogs, videos, and white papers that showcase their capabilities for solving customers' problems.
Basic Training: "I'm not gone. Just freshening up!": An appreciation of Art van Bodegraven
Thanks to technology and his prolific nature, Art van Bodegraven's matchless legacy lives on.
Big Picture: Follow the leader(s)
Our annual Rainmakers profiles underscore the value of leadership in today's supply chains.
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.
Anheuser-Busch InBev puts ale on the rails
New Belgian "beer train" projected to take 5,000 trucks off the roads each year.
DCs in the footlights
"Fulfillment Center," a new play set in an e-commerce distribution center, recently opened in New York.
Smokin' the competition
Colorado logistics firm first to earn marijuana distribution license.
A few tips for beating the heat
Staffing firm offers guidelines for preventing heat stress and heat stroke.
New app helps drivers get healthy
Road warriors can now get coaching on nutrition, fitness, stress management, and more.
Newsworthy
DCs weigh workplace safety after shooting at UPS package center
Tighter warehouse security can deter theft, but preventing violence requires social awareness, experts say.
Annual "State of Logistics Report" shows industry looking in cloudy rear-view mirror
Expenditures dropped in 2016 for first time in six years; logistics-spending-to-GDP ratio at lowest level since '09.
Long-time supply chain thought leader Art van Bodegraven dies at age 78
A prolific writer and well-known consultant, van Bodegraven had a 55-year career focused on supply chain management and leadership development.
Wal-Mart warns motor carriers to stop hauling Amazon loads, consultant says
Wal-Mart escalates e-commerce "cold war" between two retail giants, Jindel tells SMC3 gathering.
ArcBest unveils density pricing in latest carrier move to shift from class rates
New structure offered as alternative to classification system, company says.