April 2014

<p>“We are very vertically integrated, and grow almost all of our own fruit. But if we don’t have baskets to put them in we simply won’t have the tools to build our premium gifts.” —Jeff Brady</p> By John D. Schulz · April 1, 2014
Leveraging an existing carrier relationship, the specialty foods retailer instituted an end-to-end solution to transform its global logistics operations—and realized a 25 percent savings in inbound transportation costs in the process.
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2014
Our 2014 survey finds that large companies are boosting their initial salary offerings for new hires by as much as 10 percent. Will this trend help close the logistics talent gap?
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2014
With increased focus on penetrating new markets with high-value goods, shippers will be even more vigilant in vetting their freight intermediaries. Our panel sets out to explain how forwarders are preparing to take on the added volume and win their business.
By Bridget McCrea · April 1, 2014
WMS is now called upon to support omni-channel fulfillment and the increased use of automation that’s necessary to make it all work. Here’s how retailers, manufacturers, and distributors are continuing to drive the evolution of the market’s most mature software.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · April 1, 2014
Common denominators of our 2014 Top 50 include strong leadership, a growing list of diversified service offerings, and the desire to partner with their shipper customers—all essential characteristics for continued success in the new era of tightened capacity.
<p>ODU’s global assembly manager Philipp Hossfeld.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · April 1, 2014
Thanks to a new WMS and a complete modernization of its mini-load AS/RS, ODU is reliably pumping work-in-process to the assembly area and getting orders out the door.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 1, 2014
The mini-load manages up to 40,000 work-in-process parts, ensuring that production has what it needs, when it needs it.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
After dominating the Top 20 list in the past, the top three face increasingly stiff competition from an assortment of companies that enjoyed another strong year.
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
Modern’s annual look into spending plans inside the four walls highlights growing interest in automation and software as workforce issues factor heavily into equipment investments.
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
From cramped quarters to consumer demands, these case histories highlight how the right mix of storage systems can prove critical to overcoming business challenges.
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
Intelligent lighting contributes to building’s LEED Silver certification.
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
Improved air flow cuts heating and cooling costs for chemical and seed distributor.
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
Optimizing a fleet is not an exact science. Although technology can help, it’s often the culture on the floor that makes or breaks a fleet management program.
By Roberto Michel · April 1, 2014
Camera-based bar code scanners are a must for 2D codes, but today’s payoff mainly ties to improving 1D code processes, ergonomics and read rates. Here’s a look at how this versatile tool is helping to transform fulfillment accuracy in dynamic distribution environments.
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
Business conditions change, but unless it’s designed for flexibility up front, a fleet maintenance contract might limit your options in the future.

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