Table of Contents: November 2018

Adding new tiles to the omnichannel mosaic
As retailers continue to expand their omnichannel service offerings, they're increasingly turning to a traditionally underused resource: the brick-and-mortar store.
Technology to the rescue Technology to the rescue
IT solutions can help retailers improve worker productivity in the brick-and-mortar store, leading to better service and higher customer satisfaction levels.
Go with the flow to improve fulfillment in the DC Go with the flow to improve fulfillment in the DC
Waveless fulfillment systems create a continuous flow of orders through the distribution center, answering today's call for more nimble material handling solutions.
Coming together for road safety: interview with Joshua Girard Coming together for road safety: interview with Joshua Girard
A private-sector group called "Together for Safer Roads" wants to keep global roads accident-free. Joshua Girard of AB InBev explains how the corporate world is pitching in to do this.
Container-line transformation faces its biggest test from those paying the bills Container-line transformation faces its biggest test from those paying the bills
Ocean carriers are looking to reinvent themselves as providers of premium value-added services. The question is, are shippers willing to pay for the upgrades?
Relieving the stress and strains of distribution
Here are 10 tips for improving worker comfort within your distribution facility.

Voices
Big Picture: Trade wars will mean supply chain pain
In its attempt to bring China to heel, the administration could do great harm to U.S. importers and their supply chain partners.
Outbound: Fritos, aluminum, and unintended consequences
No man is an island. Nor is any snack food—at least in today's interconnected supply chain world.
Inbound
Eastbound and Down, redux
Truckers honor Burt Reynolds by restaging "The Bandit's" storied Texas-to-Georgia beer run.
Forklift factory earns zero-landfill status
Crown facility finds ways to recycle everything from coolant to pallets.
School steers girls toward careers in trucking
California high school aims to inspire the next generation of female drivers.
BNSF turns to electric vehicles to "green" up operations
Railroad awarded $22.6 million grant for clean technology pilot program.
Maersk lends a hand in ocean cleanup effort
Danish liner company helps out with initiative to rid ocean of plastic waste.
Raymond opens HQ to high school students
Kids tour lift truck plant for National Manufacturing Day.
So long, Baxter and Sawyer
Cobot pioneer Rethink Robotics shuts its doors.
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
XPO to deploy 5,000 GreyOrange robots for e-commerce fulfillment
Corporate giant also becomes exclusive provider of GreyOrange bots for logistics applications in North America and nine European countries.
Amazon opens pop-up parcel delivery site in flooded Wilmington, N.C.
Retailer aids in Hurricane Florence recovery by handling packages in a van parked at a local Whole Foods Market location, Amazon says.
Maersk leads group investing $21.6 million in digital brokerage startup Loadsmart
Latest round of funding for AI-backed freight-matching platform shows no slowing in venture funds rushing to disrupt old model.
Developers experiment with multistory DCs as tight warehouse market drives high rents, CBRE says
Five multiple-story warehouses being marketed in U.S. as retailers strain to meet hot e-commerce demand in urban settings, firm says.
Economist warns of moderate recession in 2020
Material handling industry likely to be buoyed by continued e-commerce growth, but chance of Chinese recession looms, Schenker says at MHI conference.
Honeywell teams with Fetch Robotics to provide mobile bots for e-commerce DCs
Collaboration could increase warehouse productivity and boost labor efficiency with AMRs, firms say.
Retailers set to ban "serial returners," survey finds
Following Amazon's lead—and as a way to curb the high costs associated with reverse logistics processes—two-thirds of retailers say they would stop doing business with problem shoppers, ERP provider says.
E2Open acquires INTTRA in move to expand its supply chain data network with ocean container capacity visibility
Combined platforms will also grow E2Open's customer base of large shippers by adding INTTRA's market of freight forwarders and smaller retailers and manufacturers, firms say.
Consumers to spend 4 percent more this holiday season, NRF survey shows
Omnichannel buying trends continue, as fifty percent of consumers surveyed say they will buy online and pick up in store.
Freight spending rose by double digits in Q3, buoyed by tight trucking market.
But long-term outlook is stormy, as U.S. economy may slump under weight of trade tariffs, rising interest rates, U.S. Bank report says.