Table of Contents: March 2019

Four tips for a successful new-product launch
New-product launches come with a special set of delivery challenges. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your new product arrives on time and ready to roll.
Predictive analytics for non-analysts: interview with Randy Bradley Predictive analytics for non-analysts: interview with Randy Bradley
According to Dr. Randy Bradley, the best view you have of what's in front of you is really what's behind you.
Journey toward automation Journey toward automation
Footwear and accessories retailer Journeys is poised to accommodate future growth thanks to a distribution center upgrade that includes an efficiency-enhancing warehouse execution system.
Is it time to replace your WMS? Is it time to replace your WMS?
In response to pressures brought on by the omnichannel revolution, more and more retail distribution leaders are questioning whether their legacy warehousing software can keep up with the times.
Managing a supply chain in uncertain times Managing a supply chain in uncertain times
No one knows what the future holds for logistics and supply chain professionals. But an ambitious new research project aims to guide the way.
Josef Mentzer of Knapp Josef Mentzer of Knapp
In our ongoing series of discussions with top supply chain company executives, Josef Mentzer of Knapp shares his thoughts on the growth of e-commerce and meeting "new collar" job preferences.

Voices
Outbound: Finding more DC space can sometimes be pretty easy
Using just four simple data points and a little reconfiguration, you can increase available space in your facility by 40 percent.
Big Picture: Gotta get back in time
Grocery distribution needs to be reimagined to recapture the efficiencies of the past.
Inbound
Damn the traffic jam!
ATRI study lists nation's 100 worst trucking bottlenecks.
Port of Oakland finds success with "electric avenue"
Facility reports rise in ships plugging into landside electric grid to reduce diesel emissions.
Forklift drivers strut their stuff
Teams from Air Canada Cargo and Air China Cargo claim prizes in international forklift competition.
Goodbye, Siri. Hello, Elle?
LeasePlan USA introduces voice-enabled virtual assistant for fleet drivers.
Finland stakes its claim in autonomous system space
Research consortium targets transport and logistics with initiative launching in 2020.
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
UPS' venture capital arm invests in blockchain startup
Inxeption's e-commerce platform could generate innovative B2B shipping tools, UPS says.
Sick AG sees "indoor localization" as key to DC efficiency
Tracking assets throughout the building will enable Industry 4.0 goals of handling smaller batch sizes in production and logistics, company says.
Monthly shippers index shows relief from high freight rates
FTR's November market measure hits first positive mark in over two years.
Infrastructure a top priority, legislator says
There's a sense of urgency in Washington to move on infrastructure improvements, but much work remains to be done, Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) tells industry conference.
Trade, global economic headwinds dampen outlook
U.S. economy to perform well in 2019, but uncertainties cloud the longer term outlook, economist says.
Uber Freight app now lets drivers rate shippers' facilities
Facility Ratings platform helps carriers choose better loads, shippers improve their sites, firm says.
Statistics show impact of polar vortex on logistics shipments
Trucking lines in Northeast, Midwest deploy specialized "protect from freeze" services.
Study: e-commerce trends are shrinking average length of truck trips
ATRI report finds growth of urban last-mile delivery has prompted shift of jobs from department stores to courier services and fulfillment centers.
U.S. Postal Service reports $1.5 billion quarterly loss
Agency blames high transportation and wage costs as consumers switch from letters to parcels.
Crowdsourced website guides sustainable supply chains
Platform from Environmental Defense Fund collects case studies, expert advice, personalized assessments.