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By Michael Levans · March 1, 2016
Welcome to Modern’s “Modex Show Issue,” by far the most comprehensive, pre-show listings available of the latest, most cutting edge equipment, systems and solutions that will be presented in Atlanta (April 4-7) by more than 800 exhibitors.
By Michael Levans · March 1, 2016
This month we’ve decided to focus the majority of our editorial on the impact (and subsequent challenges) e-commerce and multi-channel fulfillment is having on logistics and transportation management.
By Peter Moore · March 1, 2016
While the U.S. economic engine is slowly sputtering ahead, the two major parcel carriers—UPS and FedEx—have announced substantial increases again this year. Both companies continue to raise prices in sync—and well in excess of inflation.
By Daniel Stanton · March 1, 2016
By viewing talent as a supply chain in itself, the industry can more easily find and retain workers, advance careers and lower the costs of education.
By Mark Trowbridge · March 1, 2016
MRO goes beyond the maintenance or repair process and involves sourcing and procurement strategies to optimize money spent on operational tools, supplies and services.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2016
MHMRO spends 60 seconds talking to a senior field service technician about the state of the industry.
By Michael Levans · February 1, 2016
Over the past month, most of us have been feeling the pinch of negative global macroeconomic trends first hand as we watched U.S. markets wildly fluctuate on a daily basis, taking a chunk out of our investments and making us feel uneasy about our long-term financial planning.
By Derik Andreoli · February 1, 2016
If it feels like global oil and fuel markets are in a constant state of turmoil—it’s because they are. And as we enter 2016, markets could not be more unstable.
By Peter Moore · February 1, 2016
Busy transportation managers are dealing with lots of news on a daily basis in the areas of domestic and international freight. For most U.S. shippers, the focus is on domestic issues of dimensional freight rates and hours-of-service (HOS) rule changes. For many shippers, it’s only when new regulations or process changes require action that they stop and look at their ocean freight costs, processes and business partners.
By Josh Bond · February 1, 2016
Fleet management can improve almost any fleet, but success depends on carefully collecting and delivering the most valuable data.
By Sara Pearson Specter · February 1, 2016
Engineered paperboard can be an alternative to wood crates for protecting large, irregular-shaped products.
By Michael Levans · January 1, 2016
In what’s become an lm tradition, we kick off the New Year with our annual Rate Outlook cover story and subsequent Webcast. For the past 11 years, we’ve rounded up the top economists and freight transportation analysts in each mode—trucking, air, ocean, rail, intermodal—to offer this comprehensive snapshot on what shippers can expect in terms of freight rates and capacity in the coming year.
By Kris Timmermans · January 1, 2016
Agility may not be a new business priority, but it couldn’t be more important in today’s era of digital disruption. The threat comes in all forms—from individual players that force you to remake your entire business to thousands of start-ups that gradually carve up your entire value chain bit by bit. Consequently, agility has again become a priority topic in many boardrooms.
By Josh Bond · January 1, 2016
AC motors aim to eliminate the shortcomings of their DC predecessors and keep lift trucks performing deeds dirt cheap.
By Michael Levans · January 1, 2016
This month in Modern, we share a prime example of one of those “savvy, smaller operations” that’s packing a lot of automation into a compact space.

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