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By Josh Bond · May 1, 2016
One of the best solutions to the industry’s labor shortage is to keep the workers you’ve got as comfortable and productive as possible.
By Roberto Michel · May 1, 2016
Cloud-based SCE solutions have been around and catching on for functions like transportation management and visibility, but the WMS market has been slow to adopt. But with more SCE vendors providing cloud options and cloud pure-play providers gaining steam, cloud-based WMS may finally be ready to break through.
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2016
A record number of respondents tell us that digitized supply chains and e-commerce may soon help to drive up pay. But for now, compensation has hit a wall and may not improve until “boomers” move on and millennials move in.
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2016
In an effort to help shippers better manage the skies, our panel of air cargo experts examines the global economy, fuel costs, ongoing security and regulatory measures as well as the advent of new airborne cargo options.
By Dagmar Trepins · April 1, 2016
Our European correspondent examines how the region’s ongoing migration issue has affected freight transportation and logistics and how shippers and service providers are responding to overcome the bottlenecks.
By Roberto Michel, Contributing Editor · April 1, 2016
Automated data capture (ADC) products and solutions are established and proven, but they’re changing to help meet the pressures of today’s omni-channel fulfillment environment.
By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2016
The maturation of multi-channel distribution has put added pressure on all major modes of freight transportation. “Just-in-time” and “just-in-case” strategies now have to meet the “just do it” demands created by today’s highly impatient consumer.
<p>WES must be adept not only at controlling individual islands of automation such as sortation, but coordinating them with other islands of automation and leveling the overall pace of work.</p> By Roberto Michel, Contributing Editor · March 1, 2016
Warehouse execution system (WEC) suppliers are offering higher-level functionality—such as waveless order processing, performance analytics and mobile apps—turning WES into a configurable platform for warehouse operations management.
<p>Erik Rodriguez, director of supply chain (left) and Jonathan Hart, director of physical flows (right).</p>

By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2016
Like many global companies, L’Oreal is facing new demands from its customers in a dynamic market. Robotic layer picking and slotting software are two of the tools the health and beauty leader is using to stay competitive.
By Noel P. Bodenburg · March 1, 2016
Modex 2016, slated to be held from April 4-7, will feature more than 800 exhibits and include a comprehensive educational conference. The event, held at Georgia’s World Congress Center in Atlanta, will offer an array of products to improve productivity in your operations.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2016
Customers demand lease agreements that allow for change, reduce or eliminate penalties, and prevent surprises during or at the end of the term. Finance partners have responded by offering unprecedented flexibility and risk mitigation.
By Bridget McCrea · March 1, 2016
A time when autonomous robots navigate the warehouse or DC unattended could be right around the corner. Is your company ready?
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2016
Modern’s 2016 Productivity Achievement Awards honor companies that have made outstanding strides in improving operations through materials handling and related information systems.
<p>A robotic storage and retrieval system can retrieve a pallet from deep storage system.</p> By Chris Lewis · March 1, 2016
To reduce errors and increase profit margins, food and beverage distributors are implementing four key strategies within their warehouses and distribution centers.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2016
Unified controls improve productivity in all functional areas.

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