Table of Contents: August 2011

Supervalu wins big with super-automation
Grocer Supervalu moves to highly automated distribution at its Lancaster, Pa., facility.
Rails try new route to intermodal growth Rails try new route to intermodal growth
Intermodal's future may lie not with what comes off the boats, but what comes off the roads.
Start at the end Start at the end
Planning a material handling system is not about what equipment to install—not at first. It's about starting with a clear understanding of what the system should do when it's up and running.
Milking the system Milking the system
When the international nutritional solutions and cheese group Glanbia converted over to voice for its Irish dairy business, it didn't stop with picking. It found ways to use the technology in virtually every part of its distribution operation.
A look down the road A look down the road
Think there's nothing new in lift truck batteries and associated equipment? Not so. Here are four trends that could have a big impact on how you manage those assets.
The young and the not-so-restless: interview with Dana Regan The young and the not-so-restless: interview with Dana Regan
Dana Regan began helping out in the family logistics business at the ripe old age of 10. Now 28, she has become one of the leading advocates of the profession.

Big Picture: Drivers wanted
As the economy picks up, finding drivers—long a source of concern—is only going to get more difficult.
Basic Training: Coming down out of the cloud(s)
Strategy is not a notebook on the shelf or a plaque on the wall. It's about answering the question, "Where's the beef?"
Techwatch: From demand signals to demand shaping
An emerging class of software can assess buyer interest and then formulate offers designed to sway purchasing behavior.
Outbound: Making it in America: a new wrinkle
As recently as a decade ago, the offshoring trend looked unstoppable. Lately, we've seen signs that the winds may be shifting.
Fastlane: Setting the story straight on outsourcing
You can imagine my surprise when a young consultant informed me that outsourcing was "invented in 1990," given that I've been involved in some form of the practice since the early 1960s.
Fun and (LogistX) Games in Louisville
DC Velocity was on the spot as teams tested their warehousing skills at this unusual event.
Who's your boss? It's not who you might think
When it comes to how you manage your supply chain, the consumer is calling the shots, says one software executive.
Classic logistics handbooks updated
Revised versions of Supervising on the Line and Glossary of Supply Chain Terminology are now available.
DNA "taggant" for packaging and labels could prevent counterfeiting
Plant-based genetic marker will be used on cartons, labels to authenticate products and detect counterfeiting.
Robo-pallets under development for U.S. military
U.S. Air Force contracts with two suppliers to develop cargo pallets that can move on their own.
SCOPE West conference slated for Aug. 21-23 in Las Vegas
This year's event features stellar lineup of presentations in six subject tracks.
Test shows RFID can help track compliance with labor standards
RFID readers verify workers' hours and employers' regulatory compliance.
Stretch wrappers find a home on the range
Stretch wrap isn't just for warehouses; farmers find it pretty useful too.
David, Goliath, and Gegare
Tumultuous three-way race for Teamster presidency could be one for the books.
Donald Bowersox dies at 79
A top supply chain scholar, Bowersox was last living founder of forerunner organization to CSCMP.
Dow Jones transport index hits all-time high
Index seen as an accurate gauge of the economic landscape.
NITL asks Surface Transport Board to craft rules governing rail "reciprocal switching" agreements
Shipper group seeks competitive switching pacts among four largest railroads.
Coalition proposes plan to raise fuel taxes for infrastructure improvements
Plan would impose ad velorem tax at production during price increases and a levy at retail level during price declines.
Hostilities escalate in parcel wars
Shippers seeking to use third-party consultants for contract talks with FedEx, UPS may find the going rough.
Industrial Truck Association head to retire
William J. Montwieler, ITA's executive director for 28 years, will retire at end of December.
Truckload rates edged up in Q2
After weak start, TL prices and demand gained steam in late May, according to TransCore.
Welch confirmed as YRC's next CEO
LTL trucker completes restructuring, posts Q2 results as Zollars retires.