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By Bob Trebilcock · April 11, 2016
WMS makes its case in a waveless world.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 11, 2016
Materials handling solutions are only as good as the maintenance plans that keep them running. CMMS can play an important role.
<p>Author Valerie Alexander, who shared “How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having ‘Female Brains’),” in the last YPN session of the day.</p> By Sara Pearson Specter · April 9, 2016
In the past 24 months or so, I’ve watched with interest as MHI proclaimed multiple initiatives to attract and retain the next generation of diverse supply chain workers to our industry, particularly women.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 8, 2016
Over the last few years, the systems integration and consultants in our industry have been responding to the tyranny of now with a new layer of software that Forte coined as a warehouse execution system, or WES.
By Sara Pearson Specter · April 8, 2016
Because I write my monthly Modern column, “Packaging Corner,” from my own cozy corner home-office in Oregon, I don’t often get to see the new packaging technologies I write about up close and personal.
By Bridget McCrea · April 7, 2016
From cutting-edge robotics to user-friendly software to state-of-the art storage equipment, exhibitors at this premier trade show clearly put their best feet forward when presenting themselves to the 25,000+ attendees.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 7, 2016
Supply chain transformation. Software and pouch sorters. The Internet of Things. Innovation. And, sustainability. Those were the five topics that came up in Bob Trebilcock's visits with suppliers on the MODEX floor on Monday.
By Jeff Berman · April 7, 2016
In March, the NMI, hit 54.5 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), which was 1.1 percent above February, while growing now for 80 consecutive months, coupled with economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector growing for 74 months through March.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 6, 2016
When is a pallet more than just a pallet? When it's a service.
By Patrick Burnson · April 6, 2016
The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association Of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) has filed comments in response to an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) regarding Discussion Agreements and vessel sharing agreements (VSAs).
<p>Gregg Goodner, board member of Hytrol and VP and GM of MHI, cuts the ribbon to open Modex 2016.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · April 5, 2016
Here are five topics that came up in my visits with suppliers on the floor yesterday.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 3, 2016
The Modern team is in Atlanta for Modex. I'll be watching robots, shuttles, software and packaging.
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2016
The potential abuse of flags of convenience has again been brought to center stage with a feature in the Financial Times that argues that global terrorism is exploiting weaknesses in supply chain tracking and tracing.
By Jeff Berman · March 31, 2016
When it comes to the regional, small package service providers, it is clear that they are making inroads and growing market share although they still represent less than 5 percent of the total market. But even with that said shippers have made it clear in various industry surveys that they are open to alternatives to FedEx and UPS to reduce costs.
By Patrick Burnson · March 28, 2016
In what amounts to something of a reversal of fortune, shipper confidence in the air cargo sector appears to be gaining on that of ocean freight.

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