Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Modern’s 2012 Productivity Achievement Award winners

Modern’s annual Productivity Achievement Awards honor companies that have made outstanding strides in improving operations through materials handling and related information systems.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
February 01, 2012

Each year, Modern’s Productivity Achievement Awards honor companies that have been featured as system reports on Modern’s cover in the previous year. These companies have made outstanding strides in improving operations through materials handling and related information systems.

The categories of Manufacturing and Warehousing/Distribution recognize companies for their ability to provide outstanding customer service, quickly respond to changing business conditions, deliver orders that meet customer requirements, and improve operations. The Innovation category honors a company that successfully employed a solution that defies convention.

This year’s panel of Productivity Achievement Awards judges includes: Bryan Jensen, vice president with supply chain consultancy St. Onge; John Ling, executive vice president of global operations and supply chain management for Crate and Barrel; and George Prest, chief executive officer for the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). 

The winners are:
Manufacturing
Otis Technology
“Otis Technology pursued the path less traveled in a small manufacturing concern, drove a fiscal and competitive advantage from it, and more importantly, redirected the labor savings into further process improvement energy.”

Warehousing/Distribution
Oriental Trading Company
“Oriental Trading achieved extraordinary improvements in its operation through thoughtful and substantive materials handling equipment investment in high volume, cycle-time-sensitive environments. Its volume, almost exclusively all in broken case volume, warrants particular notice.”

Innovation
Coca-Cola Refreshments U.S.A.
“Coke brought very high levels of innovation to its applications that provided value across a massive supply chain and inside the four walls of more than 100 locations, with the potential for movement to applications outside those walls. That elevated and enhanced the impact of their innovation dramatically.”

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Dallas-Fort Worth-based regional operation offers service and support for key logistics hub.

This complimentary white paper addresses areas of potential benefit to a grocery distributor considering an investment in automated case picking technology.

In 2015, a new era in shipment pricing will go into effect when major carriers implement dimensional ("dim") weight pricing for all ground packages regardless of their size. This complimentary white paper, "Dimensional Weight: Don't Let it Weigh You Down", can help you optimize your packaging operation to minimize the financial impacts of dimensional weight pricing.

Replacing older, less-efficient lift trucks at the right time can reduce your maintenance costs, improve your productivity and, most importantly, save money and maximize your return on investment. So how do you determine the right time to make a new, significant purchase? Download this complimentary white paper for guidance on how to determine the ideal time to replace lift trucks and how planned replacement can benefit your operation.

The prolonged operating hours of automated distribution operations leave limited time for maintenance. For tightly-scheduled fulfillment operations, unplanned downtime not only cuts into slim profit margins, it jeopardizes future business and customer loyalty. Download this complimentary white paper to learn five mission-critical benefits of implementing a resident maintenance program.