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By Bridget McCrea · May 1, 2015
Rather than sinking more money into manual processes, many logistics managers are turning to labor management systems (LMS) to better control one of their biggest costs. With more use, our analysts see LMS transitioning from performance reporting to enabling more forward-looking analytics and planning.
<p>No two pieces of equipment will have identical utilization, and their costs should reflect any differences.</p> By Josh Bond · May 1, 2015
Fleet costs don’t stop at the purchase price. Today, expanded collaboration between fleet managers, dealers, and finance partners is changing the way fleet costs are managed over time.
By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2015
In Northern California, the nation’s largest distributor of wine and spirits has built a state-of-the art facility that sets a new industry standard for automated distribution.
By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2015
Southern Wine & Spirits’ Northern California DC was designed to maximize throughput and accommodate growth for years to come.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2015
Digital connections are spreading throughout the industry, enabling mobile, automated and real-time processes. But when opportunity overshadows security risks, new technologies can increase your exposure.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2015
Rack design is moving from the concrete to the C-suite as more users quantify the impact of storage on process efficiency.
By Roberto Michel · May 1, 2015
WMS vendors have integrated key “execution” apps like LMS, slotting and TMS with their core systems, creating platforms for execution. The latest generation of these platforms also may weave in distributed order management, supply chain planning and demand management while building in flexibility for rapidly shifting fulfillment requirements.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2015
Fabric curtain walls separate workers from temperature, noise and equipment traffic.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2015
Voice-directed picking spreads like wildfire through the distribution network, improving productivity by 25%.
By Bridget McCrea · May 1, 2015
As automatic data collection (ADC) technologies become affordable and ruggedized, a wider swath of logistics operations are turning to a range of equipment and software to gain efficiencies and meet the growing demands of their customers.
By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2015
Modern spends 60 seconds talking to Scott Sopher at Deloitte about a recent survey conducted with MHI.
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2015
Irrespective of age, gender, or experience, the most highly compensated logistics managers are those with the best formal educations. But academics and job recruiters say leadership acumen, the ability to adapt to technology, and “cultural skills” are not to be discounted, especially over the long term.
<p>More perishables, food, and consumer products—particularly during peak season—are driving up demand for air cargo space.</p> By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2015
Consumer confidence is up, fuel costs are down, and trade is growing—all factors that are pulling the air cargo sector out of the doldrums. Our panel of industry experts examines the resurgence and shares how shippers can now work with carriers to mitigate risk and optimize their global supply chain operations.
By Dagmar Trepins · April 1, 2015
While the European economy is combating the Greek debt crisis and the EU Commission is calling for unity, the transport and logistics industry is sticking to the motto: “business as usual”—now more than ever. How will the EU continue to develop economically and politically in an effort to tighten it’s relations with U.S. partners? The answer remains open.
By Bridget McCrea · April 1, 2015
As automated data collection (ADC) technologies become affordable and ruggedized, a wider swath of logistics operations are turning to a range of equipment and software to gain efficiencies and meet the growing demands of their customers.

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