Table of Contents: April 2019

Robots that can go the distance (and carry that weight)
As more robots enter the warehouse work force, they're easing the physical demands on human workers while taking productivity to new levels.
Sorter kickstarts Chinese footwear DC Sorter kickstarts Chinese footwear DC
Shoe manufacturer Aokang needed a reliable and efficient way to handle 100,000 pairs of shoes daily at its Shanghai DC. Interroll's vertical crossbelt sorter proved to be the perfect fit.
The supply chain anthropologist: interview with John Gattorna The supply chain anthropologist: interview with John Gattorna
Consultant, academic, and author John Gattorna has been encouraging companies to rethink how they design their supply chains, so that they put the human at the center.
How safe are your storage racks? How safe are your storage racks?
Thoughtful planning, regular inspections, and prompt repairs will help keep warehouse storage racks safe and standing firm.
Keep your cool Keep your cool
Shipping perishable products by air? Here are five steps shippers can take to help ensure proper temperatures throughout the journey.
Collaborating to improve productivity Collaborating to improve productivity
Medical apparel maker Healing Hands Scrubs meets growth demands with "Chuck," a collaborative robot.
David Peacock of Hytrol David Peacock of Hytrol
In our continuing series of discussions with top supply chain company executives, David Peacock of Hytrol shares how e-commerce has affected conveyor design and talks about his company's commitment to innovation.
Tanker fleet plugs the driver-turnover leak Tanker fleet plugs the driver-turnover leak
Liquid Trucking teams up with retention specialist Stay Metrics to stop the revolving door.

Voices
Big Picture: It is time to reimagine grocery packaging
If automated stores and home delivery change how we shop for groceries, then the way these products are packaged should also change.
Outbound: The logistics world's Groundhog Day
Bill Murray would fit right in as the industry keeps grappling with the same issues over and over and over ...
Inbound
Bottle of red wine ... though maybe not the bottle you're expecting
British firm introduces a flat wine bottle that cuts packaging, storage, and shipping costs.
Lure of the open road
Loggers seek access to federal highways in bid to cut down on collisions.
Reading, writing, and 18-wheelers
New book share tips for succeeding in the truck-driving business.
Take me out to the ballgame
Old Dominion hauls team gear for spring training.
Undercover boss
Freight-matching software exec climbs behind the wheel to test his own company's app.
Newsworthy
Survey: shippers expect freight slump in 2019
Market responds to tight capacity, driver shortage, trade and tariff wars, Averitt Express says.
New England Motor Freight files for bankruptcy
LTL carrier cites combination of rising overhead costs and driver shortage.
Kroger and Ocado to add two high-tech fulfillment centers
Companies further plans to develop robotic warehouses for grocery fulfillment with facilities in Central Florida and the Mid-Atlantic.
Drayage sector is hot corner for tech startups
Fast growth, venture funding seen for BookYourCargo.com, Dray Alliance, DrayNow.
FedEx introduces same-day delivery bot
Autonomous delivery robot aims to help retailers compete in e-commerce market, speeding same-day and last-mile delivery processes.
HighJump sees voice-directed work as key to DC automation
Software firm continues building alliances with other tech providers owned by German parent Korber AG.
ATRI study: Easing traffic congestion yields long-term gains
Infrastructure improvements can help trucking companies conserve fuel, reduce emissions and lower bills, study shows.
Trucking Freight Futures to launch March 29
Companies can begin trading freight futures contracts via Nodal Exchange, FreightWaves and DAT later this month.
Sixth annual National Forklift Safety Day slated for June 11
The Industrial Truck Association and its members will head to Washington, D.C., to promote forklift safety and proper operator training.
E-commerce firms flex their muscles on DC site selection
Growing heft gives e-commerce and 3PL firms greater location in picking warehouse locations.