Table of Contents: June 2018

Improving visibility—in the cloud
Cloud-based asset-tracking solutions are giving organizations a better view into their supply chains—and helping them improve productivity and efficiency inside, outside, and on the road.
Space savings add up Space savings add up
Storage solutions that maximize space don't just improve operations in the warehouse and distribution center. They can help you put more money to the bottom line too.
New industrial trucks give Bonide's DC operations a lift New industrial trucks give Bonide's DC operations a lift
As sales boomed, pesticide manufacturer Bonide found itself struggling to keep up with orders. New lift trucks and a warehouse redesign changed all that.
A pragmatist's take on sustainability: interview with Yossi Sheffi A pragmatist's take on sustainability: interview with Yossi Sheffi
It can be hard to find a nuanced discussion of corporate sustainability. But Yossi Sheffi's new book aims to provide just that, offering a clear-eyed take on the challenges and benefits of going green.
Meritor shifts asset management into high gear Meritor shifts asset management into high gear
Automotive equipment provider turns to "smart" lockers to solve problems with misplaced and damaged scanners.
Changes in parcel landscape loom large as UPS, Teamsters knock heads again Changes in parcel landscape loom large as UPS, Teamsters knock heads again
UPS says it needs flexibility to compete with parcel newbies. Will the union play ball?
Drive on Drive on
Nord Drivesystems delivers a smooth baggage system upgrade at Victoria Airport.
Four management strategies for retaining labor Four management strategies for retaining labor
Studies show that DCs with the lowest turnover rates tend to follow the same four management principles. But they sometimes stumble in the execution.

Voices
Big Picture: Safety first
Promoting forklift safety is a year-round responsibility.
Outbound: When failure is really not an option
You shouldn’t have to worry about the hospital supply chain when wheeled into the OR.
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.
They're just mad about saffron ...
FedEx awards $25,000 small business grant to purveyor of the mellow yellow spice.
New program offers AWESOME scholarship to MIT
One woman will win a full-tuition fellowship for graduate studies in supply chain management.
Driver guards cargo at crunch time
Trucker never touched his load when the chips were down.
Packaging takes center stage
Photo contest puts spotlight on protective shipping cases.
Students predict future of transportation industry
MercuryGate names winners of essay contest.
Getting down and dirty with logistics
3PL sends office workers out into the world of trucks, ships, and forklifts.
Newsworthy
Cargo Chief offers freight booking software for 3PLs
C4 and Booking Assistant products apply digital search tools and predictive analytics to capacity records.
Top trucking executives say tough conditions for shippers to persist
At NASSTRAC, executives weave narrative of tight capacity, high rates for foreseeable future.
Werner offering last-mile service to LTL carriers, executive says
Old Dominion CEO-in-waiting expresses interest in offering.
JDA says Luminate platform adds visibility to supply chain planning through digital edge technologies
Software as a service (SaaS) approach brings real-time decision making to all points in supply chain, firm says.
Clean Energy, Total in accord to fund difference between diesel, natural gas trucks
French giant to become Clean Energy's largest shareholder with $83.4 million investment.
UPS revives program offering 3PLs parcel delivery service at LTL rates
Initiative aimed at filling void for LTL shippers with loads eligible for pallet breakdown and migration to parcel.
Amazon pushes dedicated truck operation; will it suck oxygen out of the driver room?
E-tailer eyeing partnerships with fleets of three or more trucks to haul between DCs.
Change or pay up: UPS aims to modify shipper behavior through new measures
Company to impose new audit fee, raise surcharge levels on oversized shipments.