Table of Contents: June 2019

Parcel carriers evolve as e-commerce explodes
With e-commerce-generated package volumes soaring, there is growth opportunity across the board for parcel carriers small and large. But success in this fast-moving market won't come easy.
Bringing home the groceries: interview with Kevin Condon Bringing home the groceries: interview with Kevin Condon
Supermarket chain Kroger continues to innovate as it responds to the challenges of the evolving retail grocery market. Kevin Condon is at the center of that transformation.
Power play for battery technology Power play for battery technology
The promise of greater productivity and reduced maintenance is driving interest in lithium-ion batteries for material handling equipment.
All hail the e-commerce consumer All hail the e-commerce consumer
Online shoppers continue to demand fast, accurate fulfillment, putting enormous pressure on retail DC operations. A new study looks at the lengths retailers are willing to go to accommodate them.
Big data analytics' growing pains Big data analytics' growing pains
While some companies have made great strides toward harnessing the power of big data, many are still struggling. A new study offers some insights into why that might be and what the future may hold.
George Prest of MHI George Prest of MHI
In our continuing series of discussions with top industry executives, George Prest talks about the sweeping changes facing the material handling industry and the role of groups like MHI.

Voices
Big Picture: Ch-ch-ch-changes
Facility upgrades, while necessary, tend to have a butterfly effect within a distribution system. That's why expert help is advised.
Outbound: Free ride
Under current law, drivers of gas- and diesel-powered vehicles shoulder the burden of highway maintenance and repair costs, while drivers of electric vehicles get a free ride. This will have to change.
Inbound
Electric nation
Penske opens truck battery-charging stations in California.
A face in the crowd
Blockchain startup adds facial-recognition capabilities for applications requiring secure deliveries.
Shut up and drive
Safety specialist offers seven tips for avoiding distracted driving.
All fly away
Mobile app helps truckers avoid invasive-insect "hitchhikers."
Hats off! The hard hat turns 100
Kentucky firm celebrates 100 years of making hard hats.
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
Zipline expands flying medical drone program to Ghana
After launching in Rwanda, service will add four healthcare DCs with 30 airborne parcel drones apiece.
Shippers won't blow their freight budgets in 2019, Coyote predicts
Tumbling trucking rates could begin rebound by third quarter, but recovery will take time, 3PL says.
J.B. Hunt will launch trailer pool to bolster its freight matching platform
Move backs up company's digital freight matching platform with a real-world trailer pool.
Verizon: hackers are targeting C-level executives with social engineering attacks
Cybercrime endangers supply chain information, cloud-based solutions, customer data, report says.
Warehouse demand stays sky-high, real estate firm says
Trend driven by e-commerce logistics, distribution, and warehousing, says Avison Young.
Supply chain tasks weigh heavy in healthcare, survey shows
Clinicians and supply chain managers say supply chain-related tasks are causing stress and affecting patient care, according to Cardinal Health survey.
Kion sees global trend toward digital transformation in logistics
Material handling systems vendor will invest in energy, automation, performance, innovation, and digitalization, CEO says.
April container volumes jumped at ports of Los Angeles, South Carolina
Shipping swells as tariff threats trigger "heightened uncertainty" in global trade.
Postal woes continue as USPS racks up $2.1 billion loss in second quarter
Service continues to struggle with migration of mail to electronic alternatives, while parcel volumes rise.
E2open acquires Amber Road for $425 million
Deal will take the global trade management software vendor private, extend E2open's supply chain planning network.