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<p>Charles Woods, COO (left) and Wayne Gorsek, CEO of DrVita.com</p> By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2014
Most of us think of automation as only for the big guys. A dietary supplement start-up is turning that idea on its head with carousels, robotic extractors and goods-to-person picking.
By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2014
Automation fills orders accurately and efficiently in DrVita’s warehouse.
<p>MRO is emerging as an area of competitive differentiation among leading automation providers, who are now touting the depth of their technical bench and their expertise at service parts management.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2014
For years the materials handling industry has focused on providing great solutions for its customers. Maintenance services are the next area of focus.
<p>Simpler interfaces and components on AGVs allow manufacturers to hand over the keys to the end-user.</p> By Josh Bond · September 1, 2014
As software interfaces and vehicle components improve, users of automatic guided vehicles are becoming less reliant on others to use and maintain their own fleets.
<p>Whether you call it process orchestration or supply chain execution (SCE) visibility or integration, leading software executives and analysts agree that TMS and YMS are expanding beyond traditional feature sets to help users coordinate overall processes.</p> By Roberto Michel · September 1, 2014
TMS and YMS expand on integration and supply chain visibility capabilities, gaining a better handle on warehouse constraints in the process.
By Josh Bond · September 1, 2014
As customer expectations parallel those in retail, industrial distributors are breaking out of traditional solutions to meet the e-commerce challenge.
<p>Ed Frazelle</p> By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2014
Modern spends 60 seconds talking to Ed Frazelle about inventory strategy.
<p>NYK Logistics manages more than 50,000 inbound ocean freight containers from the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and 30,000 outbound trailers every year, coordinating on-time shipments to 22 different Target DCs across the United States</p> By Josh Bond · September 1, 2014
Location system boosts dock door utilization while eliminating manual checks in the yard for NYK Logistics.
<p>With a new warehouse management system (WMS) and labor management system (LMS) tool, Hopewell Logistics was able to provide clients with a 10% efficiency gain within four months before reaching 18% improvement in the first year.</p> By Josh Bond · September 1, 2014
Hopewell Logistics establishes and maintains standards with mobile dashboards and real-time visibility.
<p>By adding voice picking technology, Newegg boosted productivity while reducing training time for new hires from four days to two hours.</p> By Josh Bond · September 1, 2014
Blended with light-directed picking, voice picking supports peak season and variable SKU locations for Internet retailer.
By Mark Pearson · September 1, 2014
In a very real sense, supply chain management is about managing risk: anticipating, avoiding, and minimizing supply chain upheavals caused by weather events, political havoc, technology problems, economic turmoil, market changes, currency swings, supply shortages and labor strife, to name but a few.
By Patrick Burnson · August 1, 2014
The P3 Network was nixed in June, and now the world’s largest ocean cargo carriers are facing a vexing dilemma: how to reorganize global services and still make money. Meanwhile, shippers will be forced to manage other huge carrier partnerships during this peak season.
By Bridget McCrea · August 1, 2014
With ERP vendors gaining traction in the supply chain execution market, top analysts suggest that best-of-breed providers are going to need to step up their game. We dissect the intersection of ERP and supply chain management software and discuss how the cloud could drive further progress.
By Patrick Burnson · August 1, 2014
Long regarded as upstarts, today’s emerging markets are demanding respect as they vie for genuine contention in today’s global marketplace. These climbers are concentrating on their logistical advantages to capture market share and attract new investment.
By Josh Bond · August 1, 2014
Once seen as a necessary evil, lift truck maintenance costs prove ripe for efficiencies that save money and boost productivity. We look into new best practices and technologies that help introduce discipline into fleet management.

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