March 2012

By Patrick Burnson · March 10, 2012
The solar panel maker is reliant on efficient manufacturing practices, but when it came to inbound shipping and distribution across borders, those operations began to suffer as the company grew. Here’s how this progressive shipper partnered with its 3PL to re-engineer its logistics model to save 25 percent on its inbound costs.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2012
Following a retrofit of its DC, BSN Sports has achieved new levels of productivity and space utilization.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2012
BSN Sports realizes solid improvements by reconfiguring the layout of a conventional warehouse with limited automation.
By Lorie King Rogers · March 1, 2012
Modern’s 2012 outlook finds that overall market uncertainty has slowed materials handling spending and has increased facility consolidation and engineered process improvements. Cost containment has returned as the most important issue of the day.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2012
Some researchers are asking what the real world of distribution and logistics can learn from the digital world of the Internet.
By Lorie King Rogers · March 1, 2012
Robotic materials handling solutions are great at handling repetitive tasks while cutting costs, increasing throughput, and lifting a heavy burden off workers.
By Lorie King Rogers · March 1, 2012
Clover Hill Foods installs an intelligent LED system to reduce lighting energy use by 91% and overall energy use by 32%.
By Sara Pearson Specter · March 1, 2012
As the industry moves toward automation, many facilities consider robotic palletizers, but are they right for your packaging operation?
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2012
Technology has fueled the evolution of operator comfort, but the perfect fit remains elusive.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2012
Modern spends 60 seconds with retiring director of continuing education and professional development for MHIA, Allan Howie.
By Maida Napolitano · March 1, 2012
Our 2012 exclusive study finds that overall market uncertainty has curtailed materials handling infrastructure spending and has increased facility consolidation and engineered process improvements. Cost containment has returned as the most important issue of the day.
By Jeff Berman · March 1, 2012
Our annual panel convenes to paint a murky picture for truckload shippers due to increasing rates, unresolved regulatory shifts, and an increasingly competitive landscape.
By Maida Napolitano · March 1, 2012
With a bit of creativity, a lot of planning, and the latest in automated sortation technology, the retailer’s impressive DC retrofit increased merchandise-processing speed to its stores, improved accuracy to 99.5 percent, and significantly reduced transportation costs.
By Michael Levans · March 1, 2012
Our March issue includes coverage of a number of recent collaborative efforts geared toward driving the industry forward through the power of a more unified voice.
By John A. Gentle · March 1, 2012
I often run home from a store, write down the events of an interaction that I had, and then lose the note. However, in a recent case, the unsolved problem had a built-in, daily reminder. Almost every night my Droid smart phone automatically turned itself back on after I powered it off—if I could only be so lucky with the other notes I lose.

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