Table of Contents: February 2019

Free-range forklifts
Wondering whether you can let the same lift truck roam both indoors and out? In some cases, the answer is yes—but plenty of restrictions apply. Here's what to keep in mind.
High-flying bird: interview with Keller Rinaudo High-flying bird: interview with Keller Rinaudo
While many question whether drone deliveries will ever happen in the U.S., Keller Rinaudo is already using autonomous aircraft to deliver medical supplies to remote locations in Africa.
Texas food supplier streamlines deliveries with truck-routing software Texas food supplier streamlines deliveries with truck-routing software
Nogales Produce picks Paragon to bring sprawling grocery supply network under control.
Scott Watts of Dematic Scott Watts of Dematic
In the first of our series of discussions with top supply chain company executives, Scott Watts of Dematic shares his views on the industry, experience and leadership, and the ongoing search for talent.
Racking up efficiencies Racking up efficiencies
Veteran-owned and -operated Nine Line Apparel knew it was time for a facility upgrade when it found itself palletizing and storing products outside. Installing new rack systems created storage space while improving safety and efficiency.
Fleet maintenance goes digital Fleet maintenance goes digital
Penske Truck Leasing has replaced its manual vehicle inspection process with voice-directed technology that is improving fleet inspection and repair accuracy, while delivering more uptime to customers.
Getting by with a little help from RFID Getting by with a little help from RFID
To solve the age-old problem of keeping track of inventory inside a bustling DC, men's accessories company Randa implemented a distinctly modern solution: RFID.
Start me up Start me up
With a smooth peak season in the rearview mirror, retail supply chain executives turn their focus to new strategies for tackling the labor crunch and incorporating disruptive technology.
Southeastern seaports head for the hills Southeastern seaports head for the hills
Some seaports in the Southeastern U.S. have established intermodal "dry ports" hundreds of miles from the ocean. Why do they build them, and why are a growing number of importers and exporters using them?

Voices
Big Picture: Farewell, Big K
The demise of my local retailer has me pondering: What went wrong?
Outbound: Can it get any hotter?
Retail remains a white-hot sector in logistics, and it's still heating up.
Inbound
No infrastructure bill? No problem
With few signs of progress on infrastructure spending in Washington, voters in 34 states take things into their own hands.
A day in the life of a road warrior
Video series profiles men and women in the trucking business and highlights the day-to-day challenges they face.
Making sure no fan goes beer-less
Anheuser Busch throws its logistics weight behind an initiative to ensure football fans don't run out of beer.
You've heard of street smarts. How about smart streets?
Initiative to digitize local traffic rules and restrictions aims to help autonomous vehicles comply with local guidelines.
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.
Saving the planet one six-pack ring at a time?
Brewers are looking to phase out the plastic six-pack ring in favor of more eco-friendly alternatives. Is the Red Solo cup next?
Newsworthy
Slowing economy spells pause for industrial real estate market
But savvy developers will pursue inland port opportunities and growing demand for urban fulfillment centers, new research shows.
JD.com says its fulfillment technology will support "boundaryless" shopping for other retailers
China's biggest retailer brings "retail as a service" model to CES trade show.
Logistics provider lists top supply chain trends for 2019
Robotics, digital transportation solutions are among the key trends that will shape the supply chain landscape this year, DHL leaders say.
Trade group boasts ambitious retail-focused policy agenda for 2019
Privacy issues, trade concerns and infrastructure improvements top retail industry's policy to-do list in the new congressional session, trade association leaders say.
Survey: consumers demand same-day delivery, but don't want to pay for it
Capgemini study finds retailers will need to cover their costs with increased  automation, white glove services.