January 2012

By Derik Andreoli · January 1, 2012
When it comes to the oil and fuel markets, it’s been quite a year. On the supply side, the biggest story was the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region uprising epitomized by the Libyan revolt that led to the death of Muammar Gadaffi and the shuttering of 1.6 million barrels of daily oil production.
<p>An automated system moves pallets through a small opening that is immediately sealed once it passes through, reducing the opportunity for expensive cooled air to escape and ambient air to enter.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · January 1, 2012
Managing a cold storage warehouse successfully is a balance between maintaining the right temperature and maintaining throughput.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Josh Bond · January 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 Mark Pearson · January 1, 2012
From a business standpoint, the first 10 years of the 21st Century have been anything but normal. Economic turmoil is almost constant, currency valuations shift with the wind, and bank lending vacillates between lenient and tight-fisted.
By Peter Moore · January 1, 2012
Faced with a tight domestic transport market that includes labor and fuel pressure on carriers, shippers are inclined to leverage volume and go for extensions of past rate agreements. I would like to encourage shippers to start thinking outside the box.
By John A. Gentle · January 1, 2012
Consider this post-holiday scenario: You go to return something you received for Christmas, and when you finally get to the front of the exchange line after waiting 20 minutes, a smirking face behind the counter condescendingly tells you that “all you needed to do is pick out the right size and exchange it at the regular checkout counter.”
By Jeff Berman · January 1, 2012
Our distinguished panel tells shippers to expect to pay more for parcel services, be on the lookout for competition among existing carriers, and keep your eyes open for new regional entrants.
By Sara Pearson Specter · January 1, 2012
Consider several areas when picking the best method for your process and products to ensure the goods arrive safely.
By Josh Bond · January 1, 2012
Problems in the back of the house could point to wider fleet maintenance issues.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 1, 2012
Modern spends 60 seconds with the executive director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics.
By Michael Levans · January 1, 2012
Our January issue features one of our most anticipated reports, Logistics Management’s Annual Rate Outlook. Not only has it traditionally been one of our best-read reports—second online only to our Annual Salary Survey—but over the past seven years the related webcast has attracted thousands of shippers looking for insight into what the coming year may hold in terms of rates and capacity.

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