January 2011

<p>Voice recognition speeds bakery fresh treats to customers at Tasty Baking’s new state-of-the-art bakery. Terry Sabler, director of distribution (left) and Autumn Bayles, senior vice president of strategic operations (right) oversee distribution.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · January 26, 2011
Voice recognition technology is speeding fresh-baked goods through Tastykake’s new state-of-the-art bakery in Philadelphia.
By Patrick Burnson · January 24, 2011
Listen to Group Editorial Director Michael Levans, Executive Editor Patrick Burnson, and a panel of leading energy and transportation analysts as they give shippers an updated look at the key drivers behind the increasing transportation rates U.S. logistics professionals will face over the course of 2011.
By George Kokoris · January 24, 2011
Pricing across the transportation modes
By Bob Trebilcock · January 19, 2011
From bar codes to voice to RFID, Modern’s readers tell us how they’re using automatic data capture technology and what their plans are for 2011.
<p>Reusable plastic totes and containers in a closed loop systems can provide cost savings as well as environmental benefits.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · January 19, 2011
Don’t take totes and containers for granted. These seemingly simple products are key components in the materials handling process, ensuring a smooth, efficient and safe flow of goods through the entire supply chain.
<p>Colorful, bold graphics displayed on a workstation monitor make it easy for workers to see the products to be selected and how to fill an order accurately.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · January 19, 2011
There’s a silver tsunami about to wash over the aging U.S. workforce, and the materials handling industry is directly in its path. Here’s a look at our older workers and how ergonomic solutions can keep them safe and productive.
By Lorie King Rogers · January 19, 2011
Global manufacturer of lightweight tables and chairs uses on-demand packaging system to deliver custom boxes and cost savings.
By Lorie King Rogers · January 19, 2011
Fork-mounted scales make it possible to lift, weigh, move and record a load in one smooth operation.
By Josh Bond · January 18, 2011
A power study will tell if electric makes sense for your operation. It should be noted that electric lift trucks have continued to gain significant market share over recent years.
<p>ARC’s Adrian Gonzalez envisions a time when a logistics manager can use a computer or handheld device to pull up a simple TMS “app,” download an appointment scheduling program, run through a setup wizard, and start using it within a few hours.</p> By Bridget McCrea · January 14, 2011
Our technology correspondent takes a look at TMS’ evolving role, explains the drivers that are pushing development in the sector, and illustrates how new delivery methods could change the face of transportation management.
<p>Fleet management monitoring software can increase operator accountability and improve maintenance records.</p> By Josh Bond · January 14, 2011
New lift truck fleet management offerings aim to improve flexibility and efficiency in a dynamic business climate, creating efficiencies in the most unlikely places.
<p>Border Patrol Agents routinely conduct searches of trains entering the U.S. from Canada.</p> By Susan Richer · January 14, 2011
Updated Incoterms, new trade agreements, and increasing demands for improvements in supply chain security are putting more pressure on global logistics managers. Our compliance expert offers an update on the evolving compliance scene and best practices for developing a “value chain” model for overcoming these challenges.
<p>Prior to voice picking, pickers used to have to wait for the Data Centre to print and manually split thousands of labels into the various pick sections then physically deliver the labels to pickers. Now, pickers can immediately start picking.</p> By Maida Napolitano · January 14, 2011
This Canadian retailer tossed its paper-based pick systems and turned to voice to help process SKUs of varying shapes and sizes—the result is improved productivity and 99.97 percent order accuracy.
<p>New tools allow managers to track lift truck activity in real time from anywhere in the facility.</p> By Josh Bond · January 14, 2011
New lift truck fleet management offerings aim to improve flexibility and efficiency in a dynamic business climate, creating efficiencies in the most unlikely places.

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