July 2011

By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2011
The cost of the U.S. business logistics system jumped up 10.4 percent in 2010, making up more than half of the preceding year’s decline. But don’t expect gains like this to continue as the economy begins to slow and all four transportation modes scramble to make adjustments during this period of unprecedented volatility.
<p>Integrating the WMS and WCS systems has doubled the number of items sorted to the packing stations.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2011
When footwear maker Rocky Brands integrated its WMS and WCS, the results were improved visibility, better inventory control, and impressive productivity gains.
By Maida Napolitano · July 1, 2011
Whether driven by reducing costs or by new business strategies, our panel of experts says that rethinking your distribution network has become more important than ever.
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2011
Warehouse management and control systems are the key components to order fulfillment processes at Rocky Brands’ revamped distribution center.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2011
The supply chain software rebound is underway. Following a tough 2009, supply chain software was up in 2010.
<p>Today’s strapping machines can run thinner, narrower plastic strapping. This means there’s less material, which is especially important when it comes to recycling or disposal in the landfill.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2011
There are many ways to unitize a load, but the common goal for most operations is to stabilize and protect products while they are in motion.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2011
Companies in the warehouse management system software space are no longer confined to the four walls of a warehouse. They are evolving and reaching out into other areas of the supply chain, providing functional and flexible tools to end users.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2011
Changing business conditions are encouraging customers to demand customized lease agreements.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2011
SIFCO Industries installs an overhead monorail and trolley hoist system to move aircraft parts safely through the electroplating process.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2011
Burke Flooring installs freestanding articulated jib crane to maintain productivity, as well as improve safety and ergonomics in its manual end-of-line palletizing process.
By Maida Napolitano · July 1, 2011
Whether driven by reducing costs or by new business strategies, our panel of experts says that rethinking your distribution network has become more important than ever.
By Michael Levans · July 1, 2011
Rocky Brand’s distribution team faced a pretty daunting network design issue as well as a new customer service challenge
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2011
Industry veteran talks about the evolution of the supply chain execution software market.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2011
By setting reasonable goals, the converter and packager of cheese products upgraded its antiquated TMS, reduced its LTL shipments by nearly 30 percent, and brought its carrier relations into the 21st century.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2011
Over the past several years, the hair care manufacturer his tied its core business systems into a WMS that’s allowed it to effectively manage its high-volume shipping operation—and the results have been simply gorgeous.

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