Table of Contents: July 2019

The Rainmakers
For our 2019 Rainmakers, success isn't about fame and fortune. It's about making a contribution to the logistics field and advancing the profession. Each day, we'll reveal another one of this year's eight Rainmakers.
Cleaning up the yard Cleaning up the yard
In the effort to become a "shipper of choice," warehouses are turning a new eye on their yard management practices. If you want to secure scarce trucking capacity, here's what works.
Greg Gantt of Old Dominion Freight Line Greg Gantt of Old Dominion Freight Line
In our continuing series of discussions with top supply chain company executives, Greg Gantt of Old Dominion Freight Line shares about his company's culture and how it strives to help its customers keep promises every day.
Four back-to-basics steps for picking Four back-to-basics steps for picking
A sound process and solid design are fundamental to the picking operation in a distribution center—long before automation comes into play, experts say.
Riders on the storm Riders on the storm
The volatility in the transportation market may leave shippers feeling more than a little seasick. A recent industry report offers suggestions for how to make it through these tumultuous times.
Keeping pace with online demands
Hibbett Sports hit its omnichannel goals in record time with help from software-as-a-service provider Radial.
Century-old brewery taps new tracking technology Century-old brewery taps new tracking technology
Change from RFID to RTLS brings cheer to warehouse leaders.
Seeking a cure Seeking a cure
Aspen Medical Products finds the remedy for its labeling woes in Teklynx software.

Voices
Outbound: Helping others and helping yourself
As hurricane season arrives, there are things logisticians can do to stormproof their own supply chains and then use their assets to help others.
Big Picture: Shake, rattle and roll
What would happen to our logistics infrastructure if a major earthquake struck where people don't expect it? FEMA aims to find out.
Inbound
Risky business: Researchers look at health risks facing truckers
New study aims to help employers identify high-risk drivers and prioritize them for treatment.
Bad news for microbes
Pallet maker announces plans to incorporate Microban antibacterial technology into its platforms.
Now here's something to chew on ...
Freight group creates bubble-gum-themed infographic to help make its case for increased infrastructure funding.
Mechanics strut their stuff at annual Ryder competition
Technicians from across the U.S. and Canada compete for a $50,000 prize.
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
Kroger and Walgreens launch deal with reusable packaging provider
Loop provides home delivery totes, online shopping site for "circular e-commerce platform."
CMA CGM and MSC join blockchain network for tracking containers
Shipping giants subscribe to IBM and Maersk's Tradelens platform, seeking transparency, digitalization.
FedEx expands ground delivery to 7 days per week
Service begins in 2020 to meet e-commerce demand, match "Amazon effect."
Online grocery boom sparks cold storage land rush
CBRE says sector could grow by 50 percent over next five years.
Logistics industry growth slows in May
Logistics Manager's Index remains in growth territory but hits all-time low, researchers say.
Amazon unveils Xanthus and Pegasus fulfillment robots
Models mark "first major redesign" of e-commerce giant's vaunted automation fleet as company invests in next-day delivery.
Imports soar at nation's ports amid peak shipping prep, trade wars
Port of Los Angeles and Port of Virginia both report record monthly volumes for May.
Truckload demand remains in a funk, April measures show
FTR trucking index stays negative, DAT blames uncertainty over trade agreements and impact of record flooding, tornadoes.
Booming economy drives U.S. business logistics costs up 11.4 percent
While shippers struggled to keep pace with tight capacity and rising rates in 2018, many of those pressures are starting to ease, says 30th annual State of Logistics Report.