Table of Contents: December 2010

Will shipper jitters spark revival of dedicated carriage?
Trucking's dedicated contract carriage model was hard hit by the recession. But backers say the winds have shifted in their favor.
For Canadian DC, saving energy's a breeze For Canadian DC, saving energy's a breeze
In the chill winter of Saskatchewan, Federated Co-operatives Ltd. shaved nearly twenty grand off its DC heating bill by installing industrial fans.
AS/RS helps PC supplier reboot AS/RS helps PC supplier reboot
A decade of rapid growth left Scandinavian electronics retailer Komplett struggling to keep up with orders. But an AS/RS got the operation back online.
Visibility system does double duty as ISF compliance aid Visibility system does double duty as ISF compliance aid
A decade ago, apparel maker Jones Group installed a visibility system to keep tabs on shipments. No one ever imagined the system would also become its solution to regulatory compliance.
Data driven: interview with Norbert Ore Data driven: interview with Norbert Ore
Few economic reports are as influential as the Institute of Supply Management's monthly report on manufacturing. Norbert Ore not only produces the report but tells us what it all means.
10 ways to boost DC performance with cubing/weighing systems 10 ways to boost DC performance with cubing/weighing systems
Cubing and weighing systems may be best known for their use in shipping operations. But they can boost performance in a variety of other areas as well.
The rocky road to Rio: What shippers need to know about doing business in Brazil The rocky road to Rio: What shippers need to know about doing business in Brazil
Brazil may be the new "land of opportunity," but longstanding logistics and bureaucratic headaches remain.

Big Picture: For logisticians, invisibility is job one
The best supply chains are the ones that are completely transparent to the customer.
Fastlane: Cliff Lynch's annual letter to Santa
Infrastructure remains one of the industry's top concerns, so we need your help getting a national transportation policy and plan in place.
Techwatch: Apple innovation could make scanning more affordable
Apple has adapted some of its products for use in data collection—a move that could have big implications for distribution operations.
Basic Training: The truth about "Business Transformation"
The pitch is that transforming your operation is as easy as finding the right software or training protocol. So why do so many of these initiatives fail?
Outbound: Brace yourself for higher truck rates
With fuel costs on the rise, the transportation budgets you've probably just finalized for 2011 may already be busted.
Equipment that's built to last ... and last
Even after 30+ years in operation, these two pieces of material handling equipment can still do the job.
Computer maker tries "crowdsourcing" for product design
Psion Teklogix recruits customers, partners, and developers to help with product design and development.
NACCO Materials Handling Group hires 400 workers
Maker of Yale and Hyster lift trucks adds employees, plant shifts as it gears up for growth.
Shipping company thwarts delivery of weapons
Alert employees at First Global Xpress tip off authorities to shipment of knives, ammo, and loaded firearms.
New research and education center to promote logistics in Panama
The Georgia Institute of Technology's Panama Logistics and Innovation Center will focus on applied research, education.
Air cargo celebrates a century of flight
One hundred years after the original journey, a replica Wright Brothers plane re-enacts the first cargo flight.
DOT, EPA propose nation's first greenhouse gas, fuel efficiency standards for trucks
Proposed rules would reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions for model years 2014 through 2018 for three categories of heavy trucks.
ABF sues YRC, Teamsters over concessions
Carrier says agreement violates national labor pact.
Boeing: Global air freight to regain 2007 peak by year's end
Aircraft manufacturer says global air-cargo traffic will return to pre-recession levels by end of 2010, triple through 2029.
Survey: Tech execs say U.S. unlikely to achieve export goals
High-tech companies see little chance of meeting Obama's goal of doubling exports in five years.
Survey reveals warehouse employees' workplace priorities
Annual study shows DC hourly workers place a premium on pay, job security.
USPS posts $8.5 billion net loss for FY 2010
Postal Service warns "fundamental changes" are needed to stem tide of red ink.
Transport executives to boost capital spending
Investments to go toward building up truck fleets, rail/intermodal networks, carriers say.
Truck rates, capacity shortages seen as biggest headaches for shippers in 2011
Shippers say rate increases unlikely to be a problem for other modes.
Top supply chain executives remain wary on economy
Speakers at NITL conference stress need to manage transportation spending in tough times, tout benefits of intermodal.