Table of Contents: November 2019

Fulfillment strategies get local
Creating a network of small satellite fulfillment centers can ease transportation, labor, and automation challenges for retailers—all while raising the bar on the customer experience.
Chris Arnold of TREW Chris Arnold of TREW
In our continuing series of discussions with top supply-chain company executives, Chris Arnold discusses his company's "jump-up" into the market, data analytics, and the developments that are shaping the industry.
Software that eases labor pains Software that eases labor pains
Desperate to retain their best workers in a historically tight market, DCs are using their trusty LMS software in creative new ways.
Time for a trade-in on your mobile devices? Time for a trade-in on your mobile devices?
Distribution centers across the country are on the verge of replacing their fleets of mobile computers, as Microsoft backs out of the market. But experts say there's more to a refresh cycle than just swapping one brand of handheld for another.
An appetite for challenges: interview with Craig Weiss An appetite for challenges: interview with Craig Weiss
Craig Weiss of Conagra Brands was drawn to logistics by the promise of lots of problems to solve. It's safe to say he hasn't been disappointed.
The changing face of parcel delivery The changing face of parcel delivery
Once upon a time, a parcel delivery company meant either FedEx or UPS (or maybe the U.S. Postal Service). Those days are gone.
Rising to the challenge: How retailers are meeting the demands of omnichannel commerce Rising to the challenge: How retailers are meeting the demands of omnichannel commerce
Most companies are still honing their omnichannel business strategies. That's the overarching theme of a survey on the topic by industry research firm ARC Advisory Group and DC Velocity. Here's a snapshot of the survey findings.

Voices
Big Picture: Smart driving
Autonomous trucks continue their development and will soon be on a highway near you.
Outbound: Doing good, and getting great results
Adaptive technologies are helping visually impaired employees at a Pennsylvania warehouse thrive. But the employer says it's the one reaping the rewards.
Inbound
Social media goes to the dogs—the UPS Dogs
Nearly 350,000 people follow the popular "UPS Dogs" Instagram account, which showcases the furry friends UPS drivers meet on their routes.
Return to sender
USPS says customers who violate its new collection-box policy will have their packages sent back.
Yakety Yak
Port of Oakland welcomes 10,000th visitor to its web-based LiveChat customer-service feature
On top of Old Smokey
Study shows over a million Ontario motorists have driven while high.
Catch a wave
Florida ports prepare for disruptions caused by rising seas.
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
Starship Technologies lands $40 million funding for parcel-delivery robots
Self-driving crates to roll around 100 campuses including University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University.
Trucking fleets seek new strategies in a turbulent age, CSCMP Edge panel says
Carrier executives share approaches to riding out most volatile market conditions in a decade.
Women in Trucking prepares for change at the top
Wreaths Across America executive Sparks will "eventually" replace WIT founder Voie, group says.
Truck drivers suffering from inadequate sleep, study shows
Transport and material moving professions are among those experiencing the highest levels of poor sleep, and it's only getting worse, analysis of more than 150,000 working adults shows.
Roadrunner slashes dry van fleet by 50%
Trucking company lays off 10% of workforce following restated earnings, email hack.
Consumer spending props up wobbly economy, NRF says
Peak season e-commerce is forecast for hot growth over winter holidays even as manufacturing tumbles to 2009 levels.