February 2013

By Maida Napolitano · February 1, 2013
When the athletic footwear maker flipped the switch on its 520,000-square-foot paperless DC it completely transformed the way it processed orders. Today its mobile equipment affords real-time inventory management, improved communication among floor supervisors, and new efficiencies in shipping operations.
By Josh Bond · February 1, 2013
An attachment’s return on investment is only as good as the planning and training before the purchase.
By Sara Pearson Specter · February 1, 2013
Clear containers offer improved inventory control in many applications.
By Bob Trebilcock · February 1, 2013
Modern spends 60 seconds talking with Paul Evanko, senior vice president and principal at St. Onge, about the biggest issues facing the materials handling industry.
By John Schulz · February 1, 2013
LTL carriers are looking to squeeze profit out of better-managed margins and shippers will play a huge role in this movement. Here are four time-tested methodologies to help carriers ease shipments through their systems—and get the right rates and capacity.
By Maida Napolitano · February 1, 2013
When the athletic footwear flipped the switch on its 520,000-square-foot paperless/wireless DC, it completely transformed the way it processed orders to accommodate rapid growth. Its mobile equipment affords real-time inventory management, improved communication among floor supervisors, and new efficiencies in shipping operations.
<p>Respondents see supply chain visibility and event management as the most important SCM application for 2014, followed by strategic sourcing and supply base management.</p> By Bridget McCrea · February 1, 2013
As more companies move into expanding markets, more logistics professionals are turning to global trade management (GTM) solutions to help manage the increasingly complex import and export landscapes.
<p>“Shippers must align goals in Mexico and other countries for the both the long-term and short-term. That means that they must develop a mutual understanding of value chain goals, as well. In other words, there is no single solution. Each emerging market demands a customized logistics strategy.”<br />
— Ed Fieitzinger, president of contract logistics and distribution for UTI</p> By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2013
The recovery in Asia’s rapid growth markets, especially those of China and India, is gradually leading the world out of recession. In many developing economies, output is already above pre-crisis trends and logistics investment is vigorous—suggesting that expansion is under way.
<p>More evidence of a greening dockside trend emerged late last year when The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) unveiled its first four electrified rubber-tired gantry cranes (ERTG).</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2013
Port authorities at major cargo gateways on all three coasts are investing in infrastructure and strategic planning to become more sustainable corporate citizens—a positive trend that’s making U.S. seaports more efficient and resilient than ever.
By Michael Levans · February 1, 2013
The concept of collaboration is nothing new. The idea of opening doors, dropping defenses, and improving how shippers and carriers work together has been kicked around for decades as a sure-fire cure to the annual rate and capacity negotiation dance.
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2013
In early January, the United States Postal Service (USPS) called on Congress for postal legislation in an effort to become solvent—a statement the comes on the heels of the USPS saying that it many not be able to wait for Congress to act.
By Peter Moore · February 1, 2013
I recently had the honor of facilitating workshops for large shippers and their current and prospective carriers in the midst of major contract RFPs and renewals.
By Sara Pearson Specter · February 1, 2013
In our previous column we introduced the concept of “dynamic operations:” supply chain networks that respond quickly and smoothly to changing business conditions. We also identified dynamic operations’ four enabling capabilities and looked briefly at how they work together to help companies identify, accommodate, and even benefit from supply chain disruptions. The first of these capabilities is “insight to action.”
By Derik Andreoli · February 1, 2013
Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond have both stood atop the Tour de France podium on numerous occasions, but that’s not all that they have in common. They were both obsessed with winning, and in a way, they both cheated.
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2013
Location: Say it three times, and you have the real estate mantra. However, shippers and providers are beginning to understand what it means to their long-term plans, especially when it comes to improving service on the West Coast.

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