Table of Contents: October 2011

The little guys get their day in the sun
Regional parcel carriers have long lived in the shadow of FedEx and UPS. Will a changing market boost their relevance?
High water mark High water mark
After months of treading water, German beverage producer Hassia got back in the swim of things by adding high-bay storage to its Frankfurt-area DC.
Trading made easier Trading made easier
When trade documentation threatened to become a major chokepoint, engine maker Tognum America turned to software to rev up the process.
Get accustomed to Europe's new customs rules Get accustomed to Europe's new customs rules
While the kinks are being worked out of the EU's new cargo security system, here are some precautions U.S. exporters can take to avoid holdups and delays.
Freedom to move: interview with Marc Scribner Freedom to move: interview with Marc Scribner
To Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the only good economic regulation is no economic regulation. On the transport battlefield, he has much work to do to keep government out of the equation.
Supplying <i>Comfort</i> Supplying Comfort
When disaster strikes, the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort aims to be on the spot ready to treat patients within five days. An innovative supply chain strategy makes it all work.

Basic Training: Bot or not?
Whether you call them "robots" or automated productivity tools, they're on the march into the nation's DCs.
Techwatch: Is the ultra-low-power sensor the future of tracking?
A device originally developed to track insects could potentially be used to track cargo, according to scientists at MIT.
Big Picture: Ten years later, the ripples continue
The consequences of 9/11 have been huge for the particular part of the world we write about, ushering in enormous change in operations, regulation, and, especially, security measures.
Outbound: Can the USPS survive?
The short answer is, not without considerable restructuring.
Fastlane: Coming to terms
Involved in global trade? Here's what you need to know about the latest version of the Incoterms, Incoterms 2010.
Snow and ice no barrier to deep-woods deliveries
Unusual expedited shipment requires delivery by dogsled.
Cargo symposium to address common international shipping concerns
Maritime trends top the agenda at upcoming CONECT Northeast Cargo Symposium.
Class act: Shipping company donates containers to build school
Newly opened Philippine Technical College is constructed from ocean containers supplied by NOL Group and APL.
Booklet spells out basics of warehouse labeling
Dasko Label offers free reference guide for warehouse labeling projects.
Supply chain competition focuses on auto industry
General Motors/Wayne State program lets logistics students strut their analytical stuff.
Armstrong & Associates releases new edition of third-party logistics guide
The 19th edition of Who's Who in Logistics includes in-depth profiles of more than 300 service providers from around the world.
"How to" guide to writing a successful outsourcing agreement
The Vested Outsourcing Manual outlines a methodology for creating outsourcing contracts that benefit both parties.
Article details "brutal" working conditions at Amazon warehouse
Pennsylvania newspaper article details possible health and safety violations at e-commerce giant's Lehigh Valley warehouses.
Heavy-duty truck parts now available on
Navistar Parts now sells truck and bus parts through the online retailer's website.
DC Velocity launches monthly webcast series
Series of free briefings kicks off with session on "must have" features in a transportation management system.
Maersk Line to charge fee for "phantom bookings"
Carrier will charge $100 per no-show container if shippers fail to cancel by specified time.
Manual processes still dominate parcel landscape, study finds
Survey of 820 shippers shows only 8% have a fully automated data entry process.
Intermodal seen closing gap with trucking
Domestic rail intermodal service close to matching trucks on shorter lanes, consultant says.
Supply chain players to cut back on stocks
Survey shows manufacturers, retailers plan to hold fewer SKUs this peak season than last.
Now hiring: Dematic seeks engineers
Yes, Virginia, there are companies in America that are hiring.
California law requires disclosures about supply chain labor
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, retailers and manufacturers doing business in California will have to declare how they eliminate or prevent forced labor in their supply chains.
FedEx stock battered in global equities selloff
Traders dump stock after sub-par performance by company's air express division. Yet some analysts say, now is the time to buy.