Table of Contents: July 2016

The Rainmakers
For our 2016 Rainmakers, success isn't just about fame and fortune. It's also about making a contribution to the logistics field and advancing the profession.
In omnichannel, matching freight spend to inventory control, fulfillment is delicate task In omnichannel, matching freight spend to inventory control, fulfillment is delicate task
A single, integrated shipping platform needed to address multiple fulfillment scenarios, experts say.
It's lights out in the warehouse It's lights out in the warehouse
Recent advances in technology have renewed the buzz about dark, or "lights-out," warehouses, where machines fill orders without human intervention. But not everybody's ready to flip the switch.
A better, safer dock A better, safer dock
For beverage maker Citrus Systems Inc., new dock equipment improved safety, boosted productivity, and saved money on maintenance.

Basic Training: Me talk pretty one day
We may aspire to eloquence, but on the job, it's more important to be clear, complete, and convincing in our communications.
Outbound: The other infrastructure problem
Most everyone is aware of the threat posed by our nation's decaying highway infrastructure to economic growth. But there's another infrastructure problem that shouldn't be ignored either.
Containerships meet jet turbines
GE pitches airplane engines for cargo ships.
Student pilots gain front row seat
Flight school converts FedEx freight plane into classrooms.
Retailers cut operating costs with "precycling"
Sealed Air urges companies to consider entire supply chain when choosing packaging.
We meant well ...
A photo we used to illustrate forklift safety actually shows a violation.
Air New Zealand to replace inventories with 3-D printing
Airline makes seat-back trays to order instead of keeping them in stock.
Women truckers get their own newsletter
Weekly newsletter serves growing segment of the labor force.
Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space.
Dematic conference opens Sept. 11 in Park City, Utah
Annual event will look at effects of robotics and omnichannel commerce on material flows.
Swisslog creates regional software-integration hub for North American market
Move could help expand Swiss company integrate material handling technology gained from Forte and PAS acquisitions.
Levi Strauss' "wonderful world" of RFID
The standards organization GS1 US has honored the clothing company's pioneering efforts to use auto-identification technology to improve inventory control and accuracy.
Supply disruptions can happen when you least expect it
Sooner or later, something will go awry in your supply chain. What will your customers experience when that happens?
Shippers and carriers cite challenges in transition to new data exchange
API to replace EDI in coming years, University of Tennessee whitepaper argues.
End of cheap inventory financing presents challenges for supply chain, report says
Annual "State of Logistics Report" finds a significant jump in borrowing costs during 2015.
Dematic acquisition positions Kion as end-to-end North American material handling giant
German forklift firm to combine core business with Dematic's strengths in warehouse automation, systems integration.
DHL tests collaborative robots for warehouse operations
Rethink Robotics supplies "Baxter" and "Sawyer" models for packing, assembly, kitting, and packaging.
Caplice chosen to receive annual Distinguished Service Award from CSCMP
The MIT professor is being recognized for his research as well as for his innovations in supply chain education, particularly through online learning.
Amazon's 3PL encroachment to force traditional providers to overemphasize IT, consultant says
Gonzalez says 3PLs will need to "flip their models" and become technology companies in the logistics business.
Honeywell acquires Intelligrated for $1.5 billion
Move positions Honeywell to provide supply chain automation products for e-commerce and home delivery.
UPS to install parcel lockers at 300 locations by year's end in program expansion
Company adds 13 states beyond trial phase in Chicago.