Big Picture

By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2013
It’s early in the game, but the materials handling industry is looking at new ways to use Big Data to maintain equipment, deliver services and manage processes.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2013
Amid demands for innovation and customer service, public refrigerated warehouses are challenged to provide flexibility and efficiency for a fickle customer base.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2013
Automation is transforming distribution centers. But don’t overlook the little things that can have a big impact on your performance.
By Bob Trebilcock · December 1, 2012
As end users optimize their facilities, high-density dynamic storage is getting a fresh look.
By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2012
Warehousing and distribution are more closely tied to the business than ever before. Here’s a look at the biggest business issues impacting the design and operation of materials handling systems today.
<p>Conveyor and sortation systems are using software and controls to manage the flow of goods while distributing work in a way that eliminates bottlenecks.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2012
More companies are looking to materials handling automation to improve processes and lower operating costs. Modern asked 10 leading systems integrators what the future of automation might look like.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2012
Some researchers are asking what the real world of distribution and logistics can learn from the digital world of the Internet.
By Bob Trebilcock · December 1, 2011
More than ever, what happens outside the four walls determines what happens inside the four walls. Six supply chain experts look at the most important factors shaping the future of the supply chain.
<p>WCS or WMS? In highly automated distribution centers, warehouse control systems are taking on more order fulfillment responsibilities.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2011
Warehouse control systems (WCS) are driving big productivity gains in highly automated facilities. Here’s a look at how these systems are evolving.
By Bob Trebilcock · June 23, 2011
For years, materials handling equipment manufacturers focused on selling products. Now, they’re selling preconfigured solutions.
By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2011
If you think AGVs, or automatic guided vehicles, are a mature technology, think again. Since 2005, the industry has seen an unparalleled level of innovation.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 15, 2011
Mutli-modal is expanding mobility in the DC
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2011
Mobility is the hottest marketing trend in the supply chain. Modern looks behind the hype to see what’s changing in the mobile supply chain.
By Bob Trebilcock · December 15, 2010
Despite the recession, our industry is reaching an inflection point for automation.
By Bob Trebilcock · November 18, 2010
Seven years after the Wal-Mart RFID mandate, RFID is alive and growing in the supply chain.

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