Table of Contents: December 2018

2019 Trend Watch: Livin' in the future
The race toward automation continues, as a rise in goods-to-person fulfillment, increased adoption of warehouse execution systems, and greater use of autonomous mobile robots top the list of material handling technology trends to watch in 2019.
Robots to the rescue Robots to the rescue
When peak season rolled around each year, workers at Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe's DC struggled to keep up with orders. Automated equipment and robotic pickers have changed all that.
A time-saving solution A time-saving solution
As sales volume grew, furniture maker Inmod needed a faster way to process shipments. The Kuebix TMS solved the problem and more.
AMRs and AGVs rev their engines AMRs and AGVs rev their engines
The relentless drive for warehouse efficiency is sparking new interest in self-driving vehicles. For those wondering which type to buy, experts say forget the labels and focus on capabilities.
DCs look to emerging technologies to cope with rising fulfillment pressures DCs look to emerging technologies to cope with rising fulfillment pressures
Cutting-edge tech is an increasingly common sight around the warehouse, from robots to drones to wearable devices.
Finding a better route Finding a better route
Australian rental equipment company Coates Hire cut costs and improved service with a combined transportation management/route planning solution.
Economic fortune-teller: interview with Jason Schenker Economic fortune-teller: interview with Jason Schenker
Where's the global economy headed? Which economic indicators should you be watching? What's the outlook for blockchain? Economic guru Jason Schenker has the answers.
Taming peak season: It's all about prevention Taming peak season: It's all about prevention
Despite everyone's best efforts, late parcel deliveries seem to be a fact of life during the holiday shipping season. But there are some steps shippers can take to boost the odds that their packages will arrive as planned.

Voices
Big Picture: The future may be here now
The technologies that could shape tomorrow's supply chains might already be available—if only we knew how to apply them.
Outbound: The data don't lie
The DC worker shortage we've all been warned about is here.
Inbound
Do you know a Rainmaker?
Nominations for annual leadership awards due March 15.
Videogame lets players test their picking chops
JDA and Sato develop online arcade-style game for warehouse geeks.
DNA solves denim-tracking dilemma
Molecular tags withstand the stone and bleach washing process in laboratory tests.
Seafood shipment completed under blockchain smart contract
Blockchain platform provider says tech helps avoid fishy behavior.
TSA bomb detector runs on biscuits, not batteries
Agency moves ahead with plan to use sniffer dogs for aircargo screening.
Penn State program trains Marines on battlefield logistics
Penn State offers MBA degree through military fellowship.
Women drivers keep on truckin'
Survey shows female truckers are less likely to quit than men.
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
FourKites says platform taps unused capacity by building shared trucking networks
Firm hires UberFreight exec to run "Zero Deadhead" unit.
Businesses need creative data sources to apply effective AI, speaker says.
Best results will come from unexpected places, IBM exec tells 3PL conference.
Gartner flags 10 strategic tech trends for 2019
Convergence of emerging technologies will create disruption and spawn new business models, firm says.
XPO says software pilot projects could generate $100 million profit in two years
Transportation giant applies algorithms and AI to rout out inefficiencies in LTL network.
Universal Robots acquires Boston office and 20 employees of former Rethink Robotics
Merger will transition users of Rethink's Baxter and Sawyer models to UR cobots, firm says.
Author Michael Lewis sees turbulent future for freight markets in age of big data
Transportation companies will soon hire statistics experts to draw conclusions from data churned out by ELD mandate, Moneyball author says at trade show.
Economic outlook calls for risk
Tariffs, labor costs and freight market volatility are key challenges heading into 2019, economist Jason Schenker tells transportation conference attendees.
Kroger picks Cincinnati for first grocery e-commerce DC
Ocado will provide warehouse automation, as partners plan network of 20 sites.
Ryder and FedEx to roll out 1,000 electric panel vans in next two years
FedEx Express says EV trucks will reduce emissions on commercial and residential routes in California.
Geek+ lands $150 million in capital for warehouse robots
Warburg Pincus funds growth of Chinese firm, citing its success in combining robotics, big data, and AI to solve supply chain pain points.