February 2012

<p>The AS/RS features 10 aisles, five cranes and 25,000 pallet positions and operates in an energy-saving, lights-out environment.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · February 9, 2012
Preferred Freezer Services takes materials handling automation to a new level in a New Jersey warehouse.
<p>Left to right: Jerry Kemper, general manager of transportation; Cheryl Bailey , transportation logistics manager; Brian Turner, director of transportation and planning.</p> By John D. Schulz · February 1, 2012
The retailer’s transformational best practice just so happens to be a move back to the rails in order to cope with growing truck capacity concerns—and it did so with the help of its trucking partner.
By Brent Primus · February 1, 2012
The implementation of the FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) has the unintended effect of increasing shippers’ exposure to vicarious liability for highway accidents. Our transportation law expert explains how this came to be and calls on the industry to come together to support a legislative solution.
By Mark Pearson · February 1, 2012
Most companies’ manufacturing strategies involve decisions relating to landed cost per unit, cost/quality balance, and various SKUs’ compatibility with supply chain parameters—transportability, packaging, serviceability. However, one thing is often missing: insights for connecting manufacturing operations with business results. Few companies excel at understanding and optimizing the business value of their manufacturing decisions.
By Derik Andreoli · February 1, 2012
Rare is the news day that passes without mention of the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. In fact, just as I was about to send this article to the Logistics Management editors, news broke that President Obama rejected the proposed route for the KXL. Of course, this is not the last we will hear of the project. The route will be revised and resubmitted for review, and we will soon revisit the issues surrounding the KXL.
By Josh Bond · February 1, 2012
Lift truck owners want it and are ready to spend money on it—but they’re not sure exactly what it means. These guidelines will help take the mystery out of implementing a comprehensive fleet management program from start to finish.
By Bob Trebilcock · February 1, 2012
Preferred Freezer Services’s new facility maximizes throughput while minimizing labor and energy consumption.
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By Bob Trebilcock · February 1, 2012
Conveyor purchases may be preparing for a pause, according to Modern’s annual survey of conveyor users.
<p>At this testing facility, the goal of seismically engineered rack is to make it able to absorb the shock caused by a seismic event.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · February 1, 2012
In the wake of catastrophic earthquakes around the world, and here in our own backyard, Modern looks at how to keep warehouses and distribution centers standing tall in the event of a seismic episode.
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2012
While Mexico and Canada remain our primary international opportunity, LM’s analyst panel tell us that bolder players will be exploring more distant markets once the Panama Canal expansion is complete.
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By MMH Staff · February 1, 2012
Modern’s annual Productivity Achievement Awards honor companies that have made outstanding strides in improving operations through materials handling and related information systems.
By Lorie King Rogers · February 1, 2012
Mexican supermarket chain installs voice technology to ensure timely and accurate delivery of grocery orders.
By Lorie King Rogers · February 1, 2012
Vermont’s Burlington Drug Company turned to a voice solution to create a greener picking process and save some green on its bottom line.
<p>Enhanced intermodal projects are underway in the Gulf port of New Orleans thanks to the U.S. DOT’s popular TIGER grants program.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2012
The Panama Canal expansion isn’t the only factor driving infrastructure improvement efforts. Count population growth, increased exports, new trade agreements, global competition, and shifting trade lanes as other elements pushing aggressive U.S. port investment and expansion.
By Peter Moore · February 1, 2012
This past month I was in Central America working with a natural resources firm on the negotiation of terms and freight for global supply and distribution. I was reminded again of the diversity of cultures and approaches to negotiation, contracting, and price components.

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