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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.
By Sara Pearson Specter · January 1, 2016
Technology and software are becoming more significant to e-commerce packaging operations.
By Sara Pearson Specter · December 1, 2015
Alternative material packaging offers sustainable protection for products shipped in any channel.
By Josh Bond · December 1, 2015
Purchasers, operations managers and other fleet stakeholders join forces to control costs over the life of equipment.
By Bridget McCrea · December 1, 2015
Modern talks to the executive director of the Reshoring Institute at the University of San Diego and president of Blue Silk Consulting about manufacturing and the supply chain.
By Peter Moore · November 1, 2015
I was recently out west visiting shippers in the new oil patch and discussing issues in rail. In this area, rail does not mean intermodal, it means tank cars and hopper cars leased by shippers and shipped long distances to and from the many new oil and gas wells that have been drilled in the past few years.
By Michael Levans · November 1, 2015
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to today’s challenges.
By Josh Bond · November 1, 2015
Predictive maintenance and reinforced components support productivity and uptime in cold storage applications.
By Sara Pearson Specter · November 1, 2015
Match the right-sized box to contents faster, easier with automatically captured dimensional data.
By Michael Levans · October 1, 2015
This marks the 16th year that we’ve had the winner of the NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year Award grace our October cover, and the staff of LM couldn’t be more thrilled to continue to partner with this leading transportation advocacy organization to make this happen.
By Peter Moore · October 1, 2015
In meetings with shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) who buy freight transportation services, I often encourage them to step back and consider the many cost areas that make up the “rate” that they’re trying to reduce.

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