Table of Contents: September 2018

The evolving retail store
Retailers adapt in-store fulfillment processes to meet customer demand for convenience and faster delivery.
Accomplishing the impossible: interview with Brad Jacobs Accomplishing the impossible: interview with Brad Jacobs
The logistics industry existed before Brad Jacobs. It will likely never be the same after him.
From Washington to your warehouse From Washington to your warehouse
Here's how the federal government's actions on trade and tax law will affect forklift makers and their customers. There will be winners and losers.
A broker by any other name A broker by any other name
Digitally focused startups believe there is much low-hanging fruit in traditional brokerage operations. But the fruit picking has taken an unexpected turn.
Today's TMS deliver more than freight savings Today's TMS deliver more than freight savings
Transportation management systems have traditionally been used to slash freight costs. But shippers are now finding the software can do much more than that.
10 situations where automation makes sense 10 situations where automation makes sense
Whether it's saving space, boosting productivity, or slashing processing costs, the benefits of automation can make it a logical move. Here are some signs that your operation is ripe for automation.

Big Picture: Higher and hirer
The opioid crisis is challenging companies looking for temporary workers. Here are some tips to manage hiring during the holiday surge.
Outbound: Rolling out a new product? Consult your supply chain team first
An estimated 80 to 90 percent of new product launches fail. A new study suggests that's partly because businesses overlook the supply chain in their planning.
Gecko inspires robotic hand
Danish company unveils lizard-inspired gripper for hard-to-handle items.
New report helps fleets gauge drivers' crash risk
Updated "Crash Predictor Model" shows women truck drivers are safer than men.
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.
How to make the most of BOPIS
Locker vendor offers tips for boosting "buy online, pick up in store" sales.
Big truck brings big smiles to autistic kids
Teamsters organize truck tour to promote autism awareness.
Conveyor maker offers video salute to engineers
Milwaukee company produces video highlighting employees' dedication to their craft.
Forklift safety program earns co-op free tacos
Award-winning safety initiative nets workers a free lunch catered by local taqueria.
RightHand Robotics teams with Capacity on warehouse automation
Partners will integrate piece-picking robot with fulfillment platform for e-commerce and B2B operations.
Wise Systems launches customer portal for delivery firms
Addition to routing software package gives status updates on home deliveries for parcel delivery, retail, less than truckload (LTL) sectors, firm says.
Project44 goes international with software module for global parcel tracking
Firm plans to hire 200 people to support expansion outside domestic market.
JDA partners with Microsoft for cloud services platform
Cloud-based applications support automated forecasts and decisions in "autonomous supply chain" products, JDA says.
Walgreens expanding Ohio DC to 1 million square feet
$82 million expansion will include automated storage and receiving system (AS/RS), pick modules, static racking, and conveyors, contractor says.
Maersk and IBM say 94 groups have signed on to blockchain platform
Partners say "TradeLens" will help users share information among shippers, carriers, and other supply chain partners.
UPS enters flexible warehousing field with launch of digital space-matching program
`Ware2Go' matches e-merchants warehouse needs with excess warehouse supply.