Table of Contents: February 2020

Is blockchain perfect for the supply chain?
At first blush, it seems like blockchain's distributed ledger technology could be the perfect solution to many of the supply chain's problems. But before companies can reap the benefits of this exciting new technology, they must think carefully about where to apply it and how to overcome a few key stumbling blocks.
Air freight reinvents itself once again Air freight reinvents itself once again
Airfreight industry players have spent years—if not decades—adapting to constantly changing market conditions. Between e-commerce, Amazon, global trade, and the march of technology, that's unlikely to change anytime soon.
The store of the future: interview with Chris Walton The store of the future: interview with Chris Walton
Chris Walton believes that the in-store experience is key to brick and mortar's survival. But in order to succeed, stores will have to look very different than they do today.
The right fit The right fit
As it prepared to open a new DC, third-party fulfillment specialist DMG needed a sortation system that could reliably process up to 100 shoeboxes per minute. It found what it needed in Interroll's horizontal cross-belt sorter.
Staying cool under pressure Staying cool under pressure
With the cold chain market set to explode, temperature-controlled fleets are looking to sophisticated new technologies that provide precision monitoring of perishable cargo.
Switch to li-ion technology bears fruit for grower Switch to li-ion technology bears fruit for grower
Apple, cherry, and grape grower Allan Brothers saves big on maintenance and expansion costs by equipping its 30 lift trucks with lithium-ion batteries from OneCharge.
Release the hounds Release the hounds
California supplier of CBD-based supplements for dogs turns to an on-demand warehousing provider to boost service to customers nationwide.
Back in business (and better than ever) Back in business (and better than ever)
After being derailed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, manufacturer Pepperl+Fuchs' newly automated DC is now up and running—speeding customer deliveries and streamlining the manufacturer's North American supply channel.
Modex 2020: Welcome to Innovation Central Modex 2020: Welcome to Innovation Central
At the Modex exhibition and conference in Atlanta, attendees can get up close and personal with sizzling new technology, equipment, and services for the supply chain.
Marc Althen of Penske Logistics Marc Althen of Penske Logistics
In our continuing series of discussions with top supply-chain company executives, Marc Althen discusses discusses Penske's role as a third-party logistics service provider and the market outlook for 2020.

Big Picture: It's time for a sensible approach to climate change
Supply chain practitioners can make a difference for our environment if they're willing to get beyond the politics.
Outbound: A chance to feel better
Hauling freight can take a considerable physical toll on drivers. One company aims to help them get the medical care they need.
Ships go on the grid to clear the air
New "cold ironing" system at France's Port of Dunkirk lets ships reduce diesel emissions by plugging into landside electric grid.
3PL gets social
Cardinal Logistics recruits truck drivers through Facebook Messenger.
Claim to fame
Kiva Systems founders inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Trial by fire
FAA opens firefighting research lab in Atlantic City.
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.