Table of Contents: August 2019

Peak fever
As retailers prepare for the holiday shopping season, new inventory strategies and real-time data will be key to coping with the turbulent market forces of 2019.
Paving the way for women in transportation: interview with Brie Carere Paving the way for women in transportation: interview with Brie Carere
FedEx's Brie Carere is using her passion for global logistics to inspire other women to pursue careers in the fast-changing, technology-driven, opportunity-filled industry.
Seeing is believing Seeing is believing
Pick-by-vision project speeds up case-handling and cart-picking processes at supply chain solutions provider Arvato's DC.
Michelin keeps tire shipments rolling with help of IoT trackers Michelin keeps tire shipments rolling with help of IoT trackers
Safecube system brings Internet of Things functionality to ocean shipping.
Matt Wicks of Honeywell Intelligrated Matt Wicks of Honeywell Intelligrated
In our continuing series of discussions with top supply-chain company executives, Matt Wicks of Honeywell Intelligrated shares insights into the fast-evolving fields of robotics and artificial intelligence.
Voice tech proves just the ticket for restaurant chain Voice tech proves just the ticket for restaurant chain
Atlanta-based chain Huddle House achieves near-perfect picking accuracy with the help of Voiteq's voice-directed technology.
U.S. ports underpin hot economy with record volumes, rapid growth U.S. ports underpin hot economy with record volumes, rapid growth
Like the proverbial rising tide, the buoyant economy has lifted the fortunes of many U.S. ports. But how long can the good times last?
Getting smart with conveyor design Getting smart with conveyor design
Simulation technology is making it easier to see how well a new or upgraded conveyor system will meet long-term demands and accommodate evolving business needs.

Voices
Outbound: Rock on, Richard
The logistics and supply chain profession is a community of very special folks, none more so than my late friend from Minnesota.
Big Picture: Reading, writing, and robotics
Our educational institutions must rethink how they prepare students for the jobs of the future.
Inbound
Logistics software firm joins fight against trafficking
FourKites adds one-touch crime-reporting feature to its driver smartphone app.
Smile, you're on dashcam
Fleets seek safety improvements with cab cameras.
HHG hauler seeks to "modernize the move experience"
Moving company develops AI-powered app to provide virtual estimates.
AR tool lets mechanics hone their skills on virtual trucks
New platform enables technicians to train anytime, anywhere from their smartphone.
Tag, you're it
Avery introduces affordable asset tags to deter workplace theft.
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
Mobility, partial automation dominate in the warehouse
By 2024, six out of 10 companies will use warehouse automation to enhance the human element, not replace it, Zebra Technologies study shows.
Report finds cargo theft is most often an inside job
Criminal organizations recruit company employees to gain data, cargo information, delivery routes, insurance company says.
Lakefront Futures launches Trucking Derivatives Group
Chicago-based brokerage firm establishes risk hedging group focused on trucking and freight shipping.
FMCSA rule would streamline testing for CDL license
Proposed change would grant states more flexibility in conducting skill tests for prospective truck drivers.
DHL report: global trade on track for mild decline over next three months
Logistics index finds U.S.-Chinese tensions trigger "slightly negative" outlook for global trade in the third quarter.
Logistics industry growth slows in June
Logistics Manager's Index reaches historic low of 56, driven by slowdowns in warehouse prices, transportation capacity, and transportation utilization, monthly study shows.
Logistics tech firm builds underground, automated warehouse
Site in parking garage will support one-hour grocery delivery in Tel Aviv, CommonSense Robotics says.
Small retailers try to put their personal stamp on Amazon's "Prime Day"
Now in its fifth year, impact of summer shopping peak sends ripples felt by competitors and carriers outside e-commerce giant's own network.
Amazon to invest in "upskill" training
Online retailer to invest $700 million to train employees for in-demand jobs across the organization, including at its fulfillment centers and in its transportation network.
CBRE: logistics real estate supply ticked up slightly in second quarter
Expansion breaks nearly nine-year trend of declining warehouse space in historically tight market.
Trucking companies still under pressure to find drivers
First-quarter turnover rate presents muddled picture of labor market for drivers as firms get creative with efforts to attract women to the industry.