Table of Contents: February 2014

The great talent hunt
Having trouble finding the right people to fill logistics and supply chain positions? You might be going about it wrong. Here's how to find what you're looking for.
"Siding" up to intermodal "Siding" up to intermodal
As intermodal traffic grows, more companies look to plant their DC site flags alongside rail facilities.
Logistics hot spots: Georgia Logistics hot spots: Georgia
Georgia has made logistics a priority for years. That focus is now paying off.
"Digging" the expanded Panama Canal's potential: interview with John W. Wallace Jr. "Digging" the expanded Panama Canal's potential: interview with John W. Wallace Jr.
Panama is poised for unprecedented visibility and activity as the Panama Canal expansion project nears completion. It's John W. Wallace Jr.'s job to enlighten U.S. businesses of the opportunities that abound in doing business there.
Making a world of difference Making a world of difference
UNICEF's new global procurement and distribution center in Copenhagen is uniquely designed to dispatch emergency relief shipments to locations worldwide within 48 hours.

Big Picture: Deterioratin' highway blues
The law that funds highway spending expires at the end of the current federal fiscal year, and that means the battle over what to fund and how to fund it begins again.
Techwatch: What's hot in software this year?
Three particular kinds of applications are expected to see wider adoption in the coming months, which could mean far-reaching changes for DC operations.
Problem Solved: Problem: Preventing damage during transit
For repair service provider Lifetime Service Center, the answer to protecting delicate electronics in transit was to use less packaging material and invest in an automated on-demand foam-in-bag system.
Fastlane: The $5.25 billion question
Everyone agrees that the newly enlarged Panama Canal will alter the dynamics of international shipping. What's not clear is how.
Outbound: Time to get it right
The bright side of the 2013 holiday delivery debacle is that everyone has almost a year to come up with a fix.
Kate Lee, noted supply chain strategist, joins DC Velocity's team of bloggers
Strategist will post on content development, business intelligence, and social media, among other issues.
Orders of material handling equipment grew 7 percent in 2013, quarterly survey finds
Stronger growth in orders, shipments seen this year and next.
How to avoid "automation overkill" in warehouses and DCs
Following a few simple guidelines can help warehouse operators be sure they're getting a solid return on their automation investment, says David Riffel of TAKE Solutions.
Logistics gives back
Here are some of the good deeds and charitable works performed by logistics and material handling companies.
Maersk resurrects a legendary name
In nod to a long-ago acquisition, the Danish shipping line will call its intra-Americas spinoff "SeaLand."
Pink pallets do double duty
Litco's hot pink plastic pallets deter theft and support breast cancer research.
Ocean shipping industry provides backdrop for crime novels
It's not your standard literary genre, but several novels have been set in the apparently crime-ridden, shady world of ocean shipping.
Avnet seeks students to test their skills at Spring Tech Games
College students can compete in virtual and on-site competitions, including a robot-building contest.
Anne S. Ferro to headline TLC annual conference
FMCSA head will kick off the 40th annual conference of the Transportation & Logistics Council.
Consumer packaged goods giants launch collaborative rail intermodal service in Europe
Goal of pilot program is to substantially cut CO2 emissions.
Descartes buys Swiss, U.K. firms for nearly $27 million cash
Deals will add heft to Descartes' global collaborative community, company says
XPO buys Pacer International to establish foothold in intermodal space
The $335 million cash-stock deal nets XPO a big player in U.S.-Mexico intermodal market.
Six months after decisive rejection, UPS Freight workers ratify five-year pact
Pay will make workers best paid in LTL, Teamsters say; some allege scare tactics by union, company.
"Roadmap" published to help material handling, logistics industries identify key trends through 2025
Document marks joint effort of industry, academia, government, and media.
Travails aside, a pretty good year for trucking
Trucking group's tonnage index indicates that 2013 was best year since 1998.