Table of Contents: May 2017

Spreading the word on forklift safety
DC Velocity talks with the Industrial Truck Association's Brian Feehan about the organization's mission and the goals of National Forklift Safety Day.
Going vertical: interview with David Egan Going vertical: interview with David Egan
David Egan, head of industrial and logistics research for the Americas operation of real estate giant CBRE Group, says the future is looking up for industrial property, literally and figuratively.
Drones prepare to swarm the DC Drones prepare to swarm the DC
The hype is all about package delivery. But some visionary companies have been quietly putting drones to work in the warehouse—with impressive results.
Top tips on how to handle the 2017 peak shipping season Top tips on how to handle the 2017 peak shipping season
Sharing lessons learned from past peaks can help shippers and their service providers survive the make-or-break holiday rush.
National Forklift Safety Day 2017 National Forklift Safety Day 2017
Here is our special coverage to mark this year's National Forklift Safety Day, June 13.
Safer by design Safer by design
Today's lift trucks boast more designed-in safety features than ever. Operators will get the greatest benefit from these advances if they're paired with proper training.
Spotlight on forklift safety products
These add-ons can help enhance safety wherever forklifts are in use.
Infographic: Taking stock Infographic: Taking stock
E-commerce has brought DC management to a tipping point. For the first time, our annual DC and warehouse survey shows companies are changing how they measure success. Here are some of the study's highlights.

Voices
Outbound: No magic to his method
There are no spells involved. The secret to Magic Johnson's business success is as simple as knowing the customer and always overdelivering on customers' expectations.
Basic Training: Embracing leadership
It's not just for those in the C-suite. Each and every one of us can benefit from learning and applying leadership behaviors in our work lives and in life in general.
Fastlane: Will 33-foot twins be born this year?
Just two years after it was shot down by Congress, legislation to allow the use of 33-foot twin trailers on the nation's highways may finally see the light of day.
Big Picture: The times they are a-changin'
The latest annual DCV/WERC DC metrics study reflects the impact of a rapidly changing retail environment on DC operations and shows how people are valued above all in distribution.
Inbound
Andra Rush receives Distinguished Woman in Logistics award
Women In Trucking (WIT) honors Michigan exec for creating sustainable job opportunities in underserved communities.
Frazier Industrial Co. earns extra credit from MHI
Rack vendor honored for support of trade group's professional educational program.
Three companies honored for innovation
MHI honors go to Proship, EuroSort, Ubimax.
AriAnne Sproat chosen as "Face of the Supply Chain"
Winning entry profiles rise from receptionist to COO.
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.
DC Velocity and Supply Chain Quarterly rack up the honors
DCV and its sister publication lauded for editorial excellence.
Newsworthy
Feds begin long and (hopefully not) strange trip to regulate driverless trucks
First "listening session" in Atlanta raises host of issues.
SAP launches 3-D printing service
"Distributed Manufacturing" portal connects manufacturers with UPS, HP, Jabil.
U.S. industrial market soars in first quarter with high absorptions, low vacancies, report says
Vacancy rate hits 5.3 percent, 300 basis points below 10-year average, Cushman & Wakefield says.
JDA sees bright future in visibility for TMS
Data science and Internet of Things could predict delays, suggest solutions, JDA says.
UPS, FedEx roll out pricing for ultra-short-haul delivery services
New "zone 1" rates aimed at undercutting USPS' prices on local deliveries.
Food retailers name three ways to cut "unsaleable" goods out of supply chain
Trading Partner Alliance (TPA) and CHEP encourage wider sharing of UPC-level data, better management of shelf life and discontinued items.