Table of Contents: September 2017

Can truckers learn to stop worrying and love the mandate?
As the mid-December deadline looms for compliance with the electronic logging device mandate, experts say truckers can weather the storm and even profit from the experience—as long as shippers do their bit.
22 million SKUs? No problem 22 million SKUs? No problem
Tracking and handling millions of new and used industrial parts might sound like the ultimate inventory challenge. But Radwell International's automated storage system makes easy work of it
Voice echoes outside the warehouse Voice echoes outside the warehouse
Once confined largely to the DC, voice technology has begun migrating to retail stores and backrooms. And yes, it's all a result of the e-commerce revolution.
Join the crowd Join the crowd
About 30 brands of lift trucks for warehouse applications are sold in the United States today. So why are new entrants eager to enter such a crowded field?
Thailand 4.0 Thailand 4.0
It may be a mid-tier economy right now, but Thailand is aiming for the big leagues. To make that happen, it's embarking on an ambitious growth plan that includes $50 billion in infrastructure spending.
Channel your inner MacGyver Channel your inner MacGyver
Here are 10 DIY fixes you can easily implement in your DC--without spending a lot of money.

Voices
Fastlane: A reluctant change of heart
I have long held that it's the federal government's responsibility to plan and fund the nation's infrastructure. Now, I've been forced to change my position.
Outbound: It may be last, but it's not really a mile at all ... yet
Right now, e-commerce's "last mile" is somewhere between six and nine miles, according to a new study. One expert believes it will continue to shrink.
Big Picture: On the path to innovation
Government and private industry in Thailand are teaming up to create the right formula for spurring growth and innovation.
Inbound
No dog left behind: Animal rescuers respond to Hurricane Harvey
Trucks and planes deployed to shuttle lost dogs between kennels.
Want to win a Volvo truck?
Women In Trucking group elevates trade show swag to a new level.
MIT adopts "inverted admissions" model for SCM degree program
School uses free online intro courses to recruit candidates for on-site degree program.
American Airlines flies five sharks to Brazil
High-flying fish travel south on Boeing 777-200s.
"Cartman" takes top honors in Amazon Robotics Challenge
Competition challenges teams to develop a robot that can pick up, pack, and stow items in a warehouse.
Who let the dogs out?
E-commerce boom leads to a rise in attacks on letter carriers.
Mercedes-Benz, Coast Guard turn to 3-D printing for parts
Recent trials include the production of parts for trucks and ships.
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
Uber Freight expands into West Coast, Midwest, Southeast markets
Firm touts app improvements as key differentiator for driver mind share.
Oracle updates supply chain management suite
Cloud-based platform now includes warehouse management module.
Descartes acquires MacroPoint to expand role in truck visibility market
$107 million cash-stock deal, Descartes' largest in a decade, boosts presence in fast-growing segment.
APICS, JD.com to build benchmarking model supporting omnichannel distribution
Expanded relationship to provide JD suppliers with tools to measure performance.
Durbin visit to UniCarriers Americas highlights job growth and economic impact
Senator commends Illinois manufacturer for doubling workforce while increasing automation by 50 percent.
Volvo takes delivery of Kion forklifts for US factory operations
Company says this will be the first complete lithium-ion powered forklift fleet to support automotive manufacturing in North America.
Manhattan develops TMS module for 'Uber for Trucking' segment
"TMS 2017" platform to connect shippers and motor carriers.
Korber acquires HighJump
German logistics firm adds U.S. WMS provider to build software capabilities in North American market.