Table of Contents: May 2019

The rise of private fleets (and dedicated operations)
The desire for committed capacity, reliable service, and predictable cost has created a surge of interest in dedicated and private fleets. That will change the complexion of trucking over the next five years.
Boxcars to boardrooms: interview with Doug Sampson Boxcars to boardrooms: interview with Doug Sampson
Forty years ago, Doug Sampson took a summer job unloading boxcars at a public warehouse. He's still at the company today, but now he's senior vice president and partner.
Pick up the pace with new picking technologies Pick up the pace with new picking technologies
Innovations in voice, wearable, and robotic picking technologies are helping companies boost productivity in the distribution center through faster, more accurate piece-picking operations.
Brett Wood of Toyota Brett Wood of Toyota
In our continuing series of discussions with top supply chain company executives, Brett Wood of Toyota discusses the steady growth in the use of forklifts, and changes and acquisitions by his company.
Which DC metrics matter most in the age of e-commerce? Which DC metrics matter most in the age of e-commerce?
Find out which metrics, tools, and technologies your colleagues use to gauge warehouse operations—and how they're performing against those yardsticks. This infographic highlights the results of our 16th annual warehouse and DC metrics study.
Delivering the forklift safety message Delivering the forklift safety message
Don Buckman brings 25 years of industrial safety experience to his role as chair of National Forklift Safety Day 2019. Here's what's on his agenda.
10 tips to maximize safety—and productivity—when operating with propane forklifts 10 tips to maximize safety—and productivity—when operating with propane forklifts
Raise the standard for safe, smooth operation by keeping these safety tips top of mind.
Safer because they're sound Safer because they're sound
Maintaining your forklift fleet in tip-top condition plays an important role in keeping operators, pedestrians, and the workplace safe.

Voices
Big Picture: No silver bullet
The complexity of today's supply chains underscores the need for good information to make the right decisions.
Outbound: Catch a wave
The long-anticipated wave of disruptive supply chain tech has hit the beach.
National Forklift Safety Day Special Section: National Forklift Safety Day: Industry unites behind safety
National Forklift Safety Day serves as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and the importance of operator training.
Inbound
Coming around again ...
The omnichannel revolution has sparked new interest in an old technology: carousels.
Toyota announces material handling research grant recipients
Lift truck giant to fund projects on drones, "instant" warehouse automation, intelligent material handling systems, and Industry 4.0.
Pace of bridge repairs hits five-year low
Analysis by road builder group shows that, at the current rate, fixing all of America's structurally deficient bridges would take 80 years.
Pallets support osprey-breeding project
British firm donates plastic pallets for use as nesting sites.
Ceva launches truck service between Asia and Europe
New "Highway to the West" service delivers big time and cost savings, Dutch 3PL giant says.
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
Quiet Logistics acquired by real estate partners
Buying 3PL is move to capture greater share of e-commerce market, Related Companies and Greenfield Partners say.
Kroger, Ocado to build CFC near Orlando
Groveland, Lake County, Fla., will be home to the grocery giant's second automated customer fulfillment center, slated to open in 2021, companies say.
Uber Freight expands brokerage service to Europe
Firm plans to launch service in the Netherlands, then expand in the E.U.
Trucking industry faces challenges in parking, safety, insurance
ATRI identifies critical issues for research in 2019.
Fortna acquired by private equity firm, plans growth in e-commerce and warehouse automation
Thomas H. Lee Partners adds system integrator to a portfolio featuring logistics equipment provider Material Handling Systems Inc.
Rakuten acquires pair of Salt Lake City firms to boost e-com abilities
Buying FirstMile and IFS360 enhances warehousing, fulfillment, and shipping, company says.
Logistics industry growth slows in March
Although still in positive territory, the Logistics Manager's Index fell in March, continuing a trend toward moderating growth across the industry, trade group reports.
GlobalTranz sold to new private equity owner
Providence Equity Partners buys 3PL back from The Jordan Co. after just eight months.
Truckstop.com lands investment from venture capital firm
ICONIQ Capital becomes majority shareholder, sees "incredible growth" potential in freight industry.
Home Delivery World: Last mile is the critical mile
Tech executive emphasizes customer relationships, shifting business models in a complex omnichannel environment.
U.S. freight market to stay in positive territory through 2020
Brokers to see drop from historic business climate of 2018, but market strong enough to handle challenges in regulations, weather and politics, DAT says.