Table of Contents: October 2018

Off the rails
The contract between UPS and the Teamsters calls for shifting part of Big Brown's traffic from intermodal to over-the-road. Is this a wake-up call for the railroads?
Conveyor maintenance goes high tech Conveyor maintenance goes high tech
Predictive maintenance takes hold in today's increasingly connected distribution center, where sensors, software, and the Internet converge to improve system visibility and reduce downtime.
Full-bodied RFID system helps hotelier manage wine inventory Full-bodied RFID system helps hotelier manage wine inventory
Buckle-on RFID tags make short work of stocktaking at Tokyo resort hotel.
Ability awareness: interview with Tom Minich Ability awareness: interview with Tom Minich
While many would consider disabilities a liability, Peckham Inc. embraces employees with disabilities as the key to its success as an organization.
Down to the wire Down to the wire
New WMS helps military wire and cable supplier fill custom orders fast.
Pallet pooling program provides foundation for fruitful collaboration Pallet pooling program provides foundation for fruitful collaboration
Joining a pallet pool helped a watermelon shipper streamline its supply chain. Now it's looking to take the partnership to the next level.
A fresh read on mobile computing in the warehouse A fresh read on mobile computing in the warehouse
With the market at a crossroads, our exclusive survey offers an inside look at the state of mobile computing today and the outlook for the future.
No TMS? No problem! No TMS? No problem!
How Rockwell Automation uses RateLinx's Data-as-a-Service offering to improve its freight management operations without a traditional TMS.

Voices
Big Picture: Work on the high side
An employee with a drug addiction can be costly and a potential liability. But restoring that employee to health can pay dividends for all.
Outbound: Throwing out the babies with the bathwater
President Trump is bent on strong-arming the Chinese on trade, even if it means breaking the arms of those he purports to help.
Inbound
Logistics community steps up to support Hurricane Florence recovery
ALAN, Norfolk Southern, and UPS announce charitable donations.
Kids' activity book traces cookies through the supply chain
Latest release from "Women In Trucking" group teaches kids about transportation.
Toyota calls for material handling research proposals
Submit ideas to Toyota by Dec. 15 for a chance at $500,000 in research funding.
DB Schenker honors Hispanic employees
To mark National Hispanic Heritage Month, the global logistics service company salutes five female Hispanic executives for their contributions to the organization.
Tank officer rises to run Army logistics unit
Rutner is a different kind of tanker.
Robotic tractor sets world record for autonomous snow removal
Finnish firm unleashes 45 mph driverless snowplow—on a closed road, of course.
Baby, it's cold inside
Ocean Spray warehouse can freeze 79 million pounds of cranberries at a shot.
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.
Newsworthy
Amazon orders 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans for parcel delivery program
Vehicles will be leased to small fleet owners in online retailer's "delivery service partner" program, making Amazon the world's largest Sprinter Van customer.
Survey: Penn State Univ. offers top supply chain graduate degree
Gartner study also finds industry paychecks on the rise, with average starting salary for an MBA with a supply chain concentration at $88,935.
Analyst: shippers are leading carriers in progress toward digital supply chain practices
Logistics industry is only at level two out of ten in digitalization process, as customers demand change, Project44 panel says.
UP pledges performance improvements through precision railroading plan
Firm adopts rivals' strategy of following tighter schedules to cut costs, simplify network.
Convoy lands $185 million for online trucking marketplace
Venture funding continues flowing for load-matching software.