July 2012

By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2012
The logistics industry has yet to climb back to the profitability it hit in 2007–the precipice from which it dropped during the recession. According to the report’s author and industry analysts, it may be a while until the overall industry hits full stride again.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2012
Adoption rates for transportation management systems (TMS) hover around 37 percent, yet the systems have proven to be game-changing, cost-saving freight facilitators. If you’re still dragging your feet, here’s some food for thought.
By Brent Primus · July 1, 2012
Our transportation law expert provides shippers with a refresher course in the basic legal principles relating to claims for cargo loss and damage.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2012
More savvy lift truck fleet managers are realizing that buying, renting, or leasing practices set the tone for future savings.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2012
The growing number of supply chain certification programs now available opens up new opportunities for managers looking to advance their careers. But before embarking on any program, the experts advise, make sure that it has value to current and potential employers.
By Mark Pearson · July 1, 2012
From 2010 to 2020, China’s aggregate household income will increase by more than $3.2 trillion. Income increases in India will total $1.4 trillion during the same period. This is definitely impressive, but hardly the whole story. In fact, rises of similar significance are expected in a host of “non BRIC” countries—emerging markets that should be on the radar screens of most global companies and, by implication, most supply chain executives.
<p>The new 350,000-square-foot service parts distribution center was designed together with a consultant (i+o Industry Planning + Organization, <a href=http://www.io-consultants.com) to deliver spare parts to customers of MTU diesel engines in North America and around the world within one to three days.

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Tognum America’s service parts DC in Brownstown, Mich., services the company’s diesel engine needs worldwide with a new order fulfillment solution.
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2012
Tognum’s mini-load automated storage and retrieval and warehouse management systems are the primary engines behind order fulfillment in the Brownstown DC.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2012
More savvy lift truck fleet managers are realizing that buying, renting or leasing practices set the tone for future savings.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2012
Modern’s annual look at the supply chain software market revealed that the industry grew significantly in 2011.
<p>From manual devices to robotic arms, there’s more than one way to build a pallet.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
From manual devices to robotic arms, there’s more than one way to build a pallet. Here’s a look at how palletizing equipment improved productivity at these five operations.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
The food and beverage sector is ripe with unique and difficult materials handling challenges due in part to the growing number of product choices. Here’s a look at how technology can help keep the shelves stocked and the customer satisfied.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
City Furniture installs forklift-mounted computers to track inventory in real time and honor its promise of same-day, seven-day-a-week delivery to customers.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
High-infeed palletizers at Producers Rice Mill increase production and uptime while reducing expenses.
By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2012
Graphic Packaging International installs a complete palletizing solution to meet throughput goals and reassign workers to more skilled positions.

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