March 2011

<p><b><a href=Webcast: Join Group Editorial Director Michael Levans, Executive Editor Bob Trebilcock, and materials handling equipment consultant Don Derewecki as they go deeper into the data gleaned form the 2011 survey results while tracking changes in the material handling market over the past year.

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By Lorie King Rogers · March 4, 2011
Materials handling industry experts report that 2010 was better than expected and believe that we’re painting a brighter picture for 2011.
<p><b><a href=Webcast: Join Group Editorial Director Michael Levans, Executive Editor Bob Trebilcock, and materials handling equipment consultant Don Derewecki as they go deeper into the data gleaned form the 2011 survey results while tracking changes in the material handling market over the past year.

" crop="yes|center,center|0,0|yes" class="img-responsive" style="width:140px; height:140px; object-fit: cover;" > By Maida Napolitano · March 1, 2011
The number of supply chain organizations planning to spend on materials handling equipment and technology is increasing; but after being in “survival mode” for so long, budgets are small and decision makers are still wary.
By John D. Schulz · March 1, 2011
What are the nation’s private fleet managers doing to help mitigate the costs of two new expensive regulatory initiatives? We found some of the best private fleet operators and most knowledgeable industry insiders to discover how they’re preparing their operations for this ongoing one-two regulatory punch.
<p>An order selector begins by logging on to a VoIP phone. The order selector is then directed by the phone to a picking location. After orders are picked, the selector prints out labels at a kiosk.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2011
To revitalize its distribution processes, Coca-Cola Refreshments U.S.A. implemented a VoIP-based voice technology that enables 3,000 warehouse associates in 100 facilities.
<p><b><a href=WEBCAST: Learn how Sumitomo Electric has implemented RFID technology to help monitor movement and levels of raw materials from designated warehouse areas.

" crop="yes|center,center|0,0|yes" class="img-responsive" style="width:140px; height:140px; object-fit: cover;" > By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2011
Seven years after the Wal-Mart RFID mandate, the technology is alive and growing in logistics and supply chain operations. While most companies are not attempting to track cases and pallets through an open supply chain—which was the idea back in 2003—a new vision for RFID is taking hold and driving real value for early adopters.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2011
The system uses wide area and local area networks to direct operations on the floor of warehouses across the enterprise.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2011
Which voice technology solution is right for your facility?
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2011
Mobility is the hottest marketing trend in the supply chain. Modern looks behind the hype to see what’s changing in the mobile supply chain.
<p>Boeing says that over the next 20 years, the number of airplanes in the freighter fleet is forecast to expand by more than two-thirds.</p> By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2011
Today, fuel and capacity issues continue to loom large for air cargo carriers, while shippers are being told that tactical adjustments, especially in the growing Intra-Asia trade, will need to be made at a moment’s notice as carriers re-adjust their networks.
By Bridget McCrea · March 1, 2011
Our contributing technology editor documents how far SaaS has infiltrated the SCM software space and then introduces us to a shipper that’s partnered with its 3PL to leverage a hosted solution that’s managing its domestic and international moves.
<p>This mini-load staging buffer uses computer-controlled shuttles equipped with a load transfer device.  The shuttles can deliver loads to a person who will pick items. When the pick is complete, the load is automatically returned to its storage location.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · March 1, 2011
Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) can help an operation reduce labor, increase accuracy and throughput, and have a green impact on the environment.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2011
Charging alternatives bring the power from the battery room to the operator’s fingertips.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2011
Modern sits down and talks green building with Steve Thomas, who will be presenting an educational track at ProMat 2011.
By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2011
Given the escalating offshore labor and energy costs, hemispheric trade has never been more attractive to U.S. shippers. But are they prepared with the global trade management strategies needed to navigate this regulatory landscape? Our panel weighs the risks and rewards of doing business with Canada and Mexico.
<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 · March 1, 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% order accuracy.
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