Table of Contents: July 2018

The Rainmakers
For our 2018 Rainmakers, success isn't just about fame and fortune. It's also about making a contribution to the logistics field and advancing the profession.
There's a new (high-tech) sheriff in town There's a new (high-tech) sheriff in town
Warehouses turn to drones and sensors to beef up security in their yards.
Robotics on the rise Robotics on the rise
The evolution of the warehouse and distribution center is causing a revolution in automated solutions for everything from picking to loading, as robotics R&D accelerates.
PX, I love you PX, I love you
When the military expanded its online PX shopping privileges last fall, eager customers flooded its website with orders. New warehouse software and automated equipment helped its DCs cope with the deluge.
What are buyers looking for in a WMS? What are buyers looking for in a WMS?
New research offers insight into what distribution and supply chain professionals want when they go to purchase warehouse software.
Driving in the pole position Driving in the pole position
Trucking in trouble? Authors of the latest "State of Logistics Report" beg to differ.

Big Picture: Say it with me: Machines are our friends
While many workers fear losing their jobs to automation, those fears—at least in the supply chain—are largely unfounded.
Outbound: The long and the short of it at the AAR
The rail trade group has gone from agnostic to adversarial on the issue of nationwide use of twin-33 truck trailers. Its rationale is puzzling.
UniCarriers to hold Forklift Industry Summit
Meeting planned for Oct. 10 in Miami.
Schools offer "hybrid" path to SCM master's degree
"Blended learning" programs combine online and classroom instruction.
3PL adapts to winds of change
Wyoming 3PL invests in cranes that can handle oversized components for wind farms.
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.
S.C. ports tap goodwill ambassadors
Port leaders use educational outreach program to build community support for harbor projects.
Just how bad are New York drivers?
New telematics-based study confirms your worst suspicions.
Port group offers tips on crane safety
New report seeks to elevate industry safety performance.
Trump's tariffs on steel imports could cause price hike in material handling equipment
Potential impact would be muted by strong demand for warehouse products to handle e-commerce orders, consultant says.
Home Depot launches pilot for ambitious outbound delivery plan
Four-year, $1.2 billion initiative aimed at making next-day deliveries to all U.S. customers.
DSC Logistics acquired by South Korean logistics firm
CJ buys 90-percent stake of $216 million.
C.H. Robinson executive tosses cold water on
High costs, tight space, tough competition from other types of development create major headwinds, company's chief commercial officer says.
National Forklift Safety Day 2018 fulfills its educational mission
Washington event featured speakers from government, industry, and a safety advocacy group; attendees also met with legislators to discuss safety and trade.
XPO building highly automated DC in U.K.
Opening in 2020, warehouse will handle food and drink goods for Nestle, as well as testing new technologies.
Descartes acquires airline mail tracking firm for $25.5 million
Velocity Mail platform will complement company's freight visibility tools for cross-border e-commerce, Descartes says.
Oracle upgrades warehouse management software for e-commerce users
Upgrade integrates yard management with WMS to avoid fulfillment delays, expedite unloading, firm says.