Table of Contents: March 2017

Infographic: Logistics: nice work if you can get it
It may not be glamorous, but the logistics and supply chain profession has a lot to recommend it, according to respondents to DC VELOCITY's 14th annual Salary Survey.
Indiana wants us! interview with David Holt Indiana wants us! interview with David Holt
"Conexus Indiana," the state's private-public economic development partnership, has thrived mainly because the private sector leads and the public sector follows, says David Holt, a Conexus vice president and head of its logistics initiative.
The complete package The complete package
When companies go to solve a packaging problem—like figuring out how to keep their boxes from getting crushed in transit—they often focus on just one aspect of their packaging. They can get a better, more complete answer by looking at the entire unit load.
The empires strike back The empires strike back
UPS and FedEx have faced major challenges in B2C shipping, not least of which are shippers who expect something for nothing. Now, they're sending clear signals that things are about to change.
That sounds like a job for ... an AGV! That sounds like a job for ... an AGV!
At its new dietary supplement plant, Amway needed a way to move goods in and out of cleanrooms while limiting human touches. The answer? Automated guided vehicles.
ProMat '17 and the X factor ProMat '17 and the X factor
Looking to solve for your X—that unknown quantity that will take your supply chain to the next level? Chances are, you'll find it among ProMat's 850-plus exhibits.

Voices
Outbound: Fred against the machine
FedEx founder Fred Smith will not shy away from fighting for the cause of free trade. That could lead to an intriguing set-to with Donald Trump.
Fastlane: Disrupting dystopia
With its formidable delivery capabilities, Amazon is creating something of a dystopia in the retail supply chain. But rival retailers don't have to invest in drones or underground tunnels to stay in the game.
Basic Training: Rumblings in the DC: The cost of runaway minimum wages
We can dither about raising the minimum wage all we want. But the laws of supply and demand will have a far bigger effect on pay than anything we decide.
Big Picture: The return of manufacturing
Many anticipate factories returning to America. They will return, but they will look very different from those of the past.
Inbound
Startups face off at "Launch Pad" competition
Innovators in robotics, automation sectors will vie for $10,000 grand prize.
Gotta find a job?
National staffing company offers predictions on hottest manufacturing and logistics jobs for 2017.
Building smarter roads and bridges
Adding chips and sensors to structures would help prevent accidents and speed up the flow of traffic, tech group says.
New "Logistics Manager's Index" helps round out economic picture
Index developers say logistics pros' "close-to-the-ground" observations offer clues to the direction of the economy.
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.
NASSTRAC conference features "lessons from the end zone"
Keynote address will look at how key tenets of football can be applied to logistics.
Newsworthy
Mitsubishi and Jungheinrich form company to make lift truck components
Texas-based part manufacturer will supply Mitsubishi forklift plant.
FedEx enters the fray for share of small business fulfillment services
Former Genco, now "FedEx Supply Chain," to provide services to small, mid-size customers.
USPS warns defection of three key customers could hurt package business
Amazon, UPS, FedEx building competitive delivery networks.
Oracle launches four apps for supply chain automation
Software giant continues penetration with expanded Internet of Things package.
E-commerce fulfillment growth into secondary markets driving up warehouse labor costs, report says
Surge in labor-intensive facility development having ripple effect nationwide, JLL says.
Market "transformation" to comprehensive productivity solutions drove Toyota Advanced Logistics Systems' creation, leader says
New unit will be separate from Toyota's equipment business but will seek synergies.
Honeywell launches retail e-commerce fulfillment tools
Dimensioning scanner and voice-directed headset help retailers handle omnichannel demands, company says.
UPS launches Saturday ground service across U.S. network
Rollout to cover half of U.S. population by year's end.