March 2013

By Josh Bond · March 1, 2013
Our annual survey finds the industry steadying for a new, slower pace of growth following the release of pent-up demand after the downturn. Yet even as planned spending inside the four walls drops off, facility activity is the highest since 2007—signaling that “doing more with less” has stuck.
By John D. Schulz · March 1, 2013
Truckload carriers are increasing their fleet capacity to provide more dedicated truck options to solve complex shipper operations and eliminate volatility—and everybody seems to be happy.
By Bridget McCrea · March 1, 2013
Our technology correspondent examines the current state of the warehouse management systems (WMS) market, explores key trends driving the industry, and highlights the new, smarter capabilities that are just around the corner for both vendors and users.
<p>“Forwarder’s overall end-to end, port-to-door, door-to-door, and information management capabilities need to be emphasized in making solid provider selections.”<br />
— Evan Armstrong</p> By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2013
Freight intermediaries are no longer happy waiting in the wings, and that’s great news for shippers who want deeper engagement as extra emphasis is placed on U.S. exports over the coming years.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2013
While logistics managers wait to see how the American/US Airways merger shakes out, analysts say deals like this recent blockbuster may be a blessing in the long run for shippers.
By Michael Levans · March 1, 2013
This month we dive into the details of Logistics Management’s 2013 Warehouse/DC Equipment and Technology Survey, our annual study conducted by Peerless Research Group (PRG) that offers a comprehensive snapshot of the investment plans of managers involved in the purchase decision process of materials handlings solutions.
By Peter Moore · March 1, 2013
In a recent article by Cornelius Frolik in the Dayton Daily News, we learned that the number of licensed truck drivers in the State of Ohio dropped for the first time on record.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2013
Automation is transforming distribution centers. But don’t overlook the little things that can have a big impact on your performance.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2013
As lean sensibilities migrate from the production floor to the warehouse, carts and casters prove a pivotal tool for enhancing the mobility of product, people and processes.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2013
Our annual outlook survey finds the industry steadying for a new, slower pace of growth following the release of pent-up demand after the downturn. Yet, even as planned spending drops off, facility activity is the highest since 2007—signaling that “doing more with less” has stuck.
By Maida Napolitano · March 1, 2013
Our panel—representing a combined 80 years of inventory experience—gets back to the basics, reviewing critical strategies that some organizations have been neglecting over the past several years.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2013
Company that took orders by fax 15 years ago now commands 30% market share.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2013
After cutting ties with a 3PL, retailer easily handles 50% spikes in daily order volume.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2013
Standard and optional lift truck features can help the operator move as little as possible, a sure way to increase comfort and productivity.
By Sara Pearson Specter · March 1, 2013
Companies turn to automated palletizing equipment to accommodate changing packaging requirements.

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