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By Bob Trebilcock · December 1, 2014
WMS, lights, voice and conveyors bring a new level of efficiency to lululemon athletica’s Ohio distribution center.
<p>E-commerce demands real-time responsiveness to single-line orders, challenging legacy systems geared toward daily cycles and case quantities.</p> By Josh Bond · December 1, 2014
Complemented by a growing stable of inexpensive execution solutions, aging software monoliths can prove they don’t need to be toppled.
<p>Troy Design & Manufacturing (TDM) uses RFID technology to automatically capture work-in-process data at its Chicago facility. The plant modifies Ford vehicles for police use.</p> By Roberto Michel · December 1, 2014
Troy Design & Manufacturing pairs real-time RFID tracking with MES, saving time and allowing operators to focus on value-added production activities.
<p>A workstation lifting system takes the load off workers at a water distribution products supplier.</p> By Bridget McCrea · December 1, 2014
Manufacturers of overhead handling equipment are putting an emphasis on safety while creating new, automated solutions that help people work smarter, better and faster.
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By Josh Bond · December 1, 2014
Increasingly resilient to global economic moods, 3PL and public refrigerated warehouses persistently achieve modest growth.
By Josh Bond · December 1, 2014
Four companies share how they successfully connected the data points to streamline their operations.
By Josh Bond · December 1, 2014
Parts now located closer to production lines are picked on first-in, first-out basis.
By Josh Bond · December 1, 2014
Forward pick area uses hanging textile compartments to improve picker efficiency.
By Josh Bond · December 1, 2014
Grocery distributor sees energy and maintenance savings with fully automatic insulated doors.
By Josh Bond · December 1, 2014
Real-time view into massive yard boosts efficiency while reducing the number of yard tenders.
By Bob Trebilcock · December 1, 2014
Modern spends 60 seconds talking to Jim Rice, deputy director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics at MIT about supply chain innovation.
By Bridget McCrea · November 1, 2014
Leading SCM analysts explore the top trends in cloud-based TMS, share how they’re affecting end-to-end supply chains, and give us the inside track on a few up-and-coming trends we’re soon to see in the cloud.
By Roberto Michel, Contributing Editor · November 1, 2014
According to our annual survey, cost efficiency is still king inside the four walls. However, respondents tell us that the muli-channel fulfillment challenge is pushing them to make more economical moves focused on process improvement and layout changes—steps that our analysts say are very encouraging.
<p>Supply chain software synchronizes DC and store replenishment processes. Meanwhile, inside the DC, order picking is directed by voice technology.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2014
One of the country’s largest pizza makers turned to supply chain software and voice technology to streamline distribution processes and deliver fresh ingredients to its stores.
By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2014
Pizza maker Papa John’s relies on a suite of supply chain software applications and voice recognition technology to deliver the freshest dough and ingredients to its stores.

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