Table of Contents: April 2015

LEED or follow?
While there are advantages to becoming certified for your environmental efforts, you can still reap the same benefits without the official stamp of approval.
Regrets, recriminations, diversions: the legacy of bad times at West Coast ports Regrets, recriminations, diversions: the legacy of bad times at West Coast ports
From business losses to ruptured relationships, the damage from the recently resolved labor dispute continues to mount. But was it enough to spark permanent change?
"Parceling" out the future: interview with Rob Martinez "Parceling" out the future: interview with Rob Martinez
The founder of parcel consultancy Shipware sees higher costs in shippers' futures—but also sensible approaches to mitigating them.
Paper or plastic? (or maybe metal) Paper or plastic? (or maybe metal)
Wood pallets still reign supreme, but they're not right for every application. Here's a look at some alternatives.
Three things you should know about big data and analytics Three things you should know about big data and analytics
The terms "big data" and "analytics" are widely used but often are not clearly defined. The explanations presented here will help managers understand what these concepts really mean and how they can use them to improve their supply chains.

Outbound: ILWU's parallel universe
It would seem illogical for a union to endanger its position in the marketplace by throwing customers under the bus. Yet the International Longshore and Warehouse Union did just that.
Fastlane: A time for outsourcing reflection
A recent survey indicated outsourcing customers were not totally satisfied with their logistics service providers. But the fault doesn't rest solely with the LSPs.
Basic Training: How to win funding (and influence people)
How is that sales and marketing can pry money from top management for almost any hare-brained scheme, while supply chain managers scratch and claw for scraps? It's all about the fine art of persuasion.
Big Picture: Seasons of change
For those of us in the Northeast, the arrival of spring also signals the beginning of pothole-patching season. But our nation's infrastructure is sorely in need of more than a patch.
Performance against DC metrics may be starting to plateau
Preliminary results of the annual DCV/WERC metrics study show improvement in fewer areas than in past years.
As Arctic sea ice melts, Scandinavians plan rail connection to newly accessible ports
Train would allow mineral ore and other heavy cargoes to reach ports in Norway's far north.
For women supply chain leaders, annual symposium will be AWESOME
Organization for women supply chain leaders will host symposium in New Jersey in May.
Transportation, logistics leaders to brainstorm ideas to clear congested ports
Virginia Maritime Association's upcoming International Trade Symposium will focus on identifying causes and practical solutions to congestion.
Warehouse group names award winners, relaunches mentoring program
International Warehouse Logistics Association presents Jock Menzies Distinguished Service and Government Affairs Person of the Year awards; announces renewed focus on mentoring future leaders.
Mobile technology makes weigh-station bypass easier, faster
Drivers can get notifications anywhere on mobile phones, tablets, and electronic on-board recorders.
Logistics gives back
Here are some recent examples of charitable work and donations by companies in the logistics and material handling space.
Sherman, Rooney form bipartisan "airship caucus" in House
Congressmen hope to boost support for versatile, eco-friendly cargo-carrying blimps.
North American industrial property market to see strong growth through 2017, report says
Cushman & Wakefield forecast sees U.S. vacancy rate at 6.3 percent by year's end.
JDA launches "control tower" software tool to help companies manage supply chain disruptions
Software to balance quick reaction to crises, maintenance of strategic objectives.
FedEx chairman says he's confident Congress will agree to extend length limits on twin trailers
Smith "very hopeful" that language will be included in new transport funding bill.
Warehouse executives need to upgrade, not just replace, aging gear, Tompkins survey shows
Average age of material handling system exceeds 15 years, survey shows.
IT, IT everywhere, but few people around to service it, MHI-Deloitte survey concludes
Lack of qualified labor to manage sophisticated systems may hamper IT innovation, survey finds.
Agile hires senior editor at DC Velocity; promotes long-time staffer at Supply Chain Quarterly
Ames, experienced editor, joins DCV; Lacefield promoted to senior editor at SCQ.
Virtual lift truck trainer wins MHI Innovation Award
Drivers use forklift simulator to build skills.
Llamasoft acquires IBM's supply chain application suite
Move creates powerful provider in cloud-based supply chain services.
ACE phase-in deadlines unrealistic, importers, brokers say
Lack of technical specifications is delaying software required for mandatory entry filing in the Automated Commercial Environment.