June 2011

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By Sara Pearson Specter · June 6, 2011
WMS, SCMP, WCS, LMS and more - Modern’s readers offer insights into their use of software, from (alphabet) soup to nuts.
<p>Totes are delivered from the mini-load AS/RS to workstations. Febi employees played a role in the ergonomic design of their work areas.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2011
German auto parts manufacturer febi bilstein is reaping big gains from materials handling automation. Here’s what the company learned when it automated conventional distribution processes.
By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2011
Febi’s new distribution center uses unit- and tote-handling automated storage, conveyor and goods-to-person picking in an ergonomic work environment.
By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2011
If you think AGVs, or automatic guided vehicles, are a mature technology, think again. Since 2005, the industry has seen an unparalleled level of innovation.
By Lorie King Rogers · June 1, 2011
Forming a high-quality unit load is the goal of every type of palletizing process. Here’s a look at how palletizing equipment puts product into a neat palletized load so it arrives at its destination safely and in good condition.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2011
Tired of throwing good money after bad, fleet managers are turning to training, technology, and dealer support to better understand when to replace, repair or retire.
<p>Jason O’Mahony, logistics and operation manager, ParknPool</p> By John D. Schulz · June 1, 2011
Before developing its web-based carrier rating tool, this niche vendor of outdoor furniture was spending 17 percent of its sales on transportation. This year, those costs are going to be about 5 percent of sales—a turnaround that earned the company our 2011 Best Practices Award.
By Bridget McCrea · June 1, 2011
According to our latest ERP usage study, adoption rates and interest are both high. But just how far have logistics professionals gone in putting their ERP to work to solve today’s logistics and supply chain challenges?
By Karen E. Thuermer · June 1, 2011
Although the fluctuation of jet fuel surcharges and the supply/demand balance of air cargo capacity are elements that air shippers can’t control, there are several steps they can take to better manage the related, volatile costs.
<p>As lift truck technology rapidly changes, ongoing training for technicians is essential.</p> By Josh Bond · June 1, 2011
Tired of throwing good money after bad, fleet managers are turning to training, technology, and dealer support to better understand when to replace, repair, or retire.
By Michael Levans · June 1, 2011

By Lorie King Rogers · June 1, 2011
Grocery co-op switches over to fuel-cell powered lift trucks to drive its fleet’s uptime to 98%.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2011
Fleet management reveals sometimes startling realities in companies of all sizes.
<p>60 seconds with… Mark Longacre</p> By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2011
Chair of the AGVS group at MHIA talks to Modern about the industry.
By Patrick Burnson · June 1, 2011
According to all reports, the third-party logistics industry is surging again, but experts agree that growth will reach a plateau in the coming years due to a number of looming economic uncertainties. Here’s an overview of how the market is currently shaping up.
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