March 2015

By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2015
As treaties and trade agreements are implemented this year, more U.S. companies are looking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for fresh business opportunities. Fortunately, a whole host of logistics and transportation service providers are laying the groundwork to overcome inherent infrastructure challenges.
By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2015
Ocean cargo carriers vying for market share and sustainable profits are using a variety of methods to get the upper hand this year. Analysts say that while some are leveraging partnerships, others are wagering on reliability to trump that play. Shippers, meanwhile, are hoping that it will all amount to more than just zero-sum.
By Bridget McCrea · March 1, 2015
Thanks to the complications introduced by global trade, shippers are getting more strategic in their import/export approaches. In fact, more shippers are being forced away from spreadsheet-based compliance and adopting global trade management (GTM) solutions to get a better view into this increasingly intricate process.
By Brooks Bentz · March 1, 2015
An immense amount of operational and technological expertise exists among global 3PL partners. Determining how those attributes may be used to amp-up logistics and supply chain performance is a demanding task, but one well worth doing. Our resident consultant suggests that it’s time for a more rigorous, holistic approach to the process.
By Jim Morton, Rodrigo Cambiaghi, and Nicole Radcliffe, Ernst & Young, LLP · March 1, 2015
Our consulting team defines the key concepts of inventory management and elaborate on the decisions and cross-functional collaboration required to be more effective.
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By John D. Schulz · March 1, 2015
Our panel of trucking analysts takes a deep dive into the federal regulations that are driving increased cost pressures on carriers—and, in turn, driving up rates on shippers.
By MMH Staff · March 1, 2015
ProMat 2015, slated to be held March 23-26, will feature more than 800 exhibits and include a comprehensive educational conference. The event, held at the McCormick Place South, will offer an array of products to increase productivity in your operations. Here’s a guide to many of them.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2015
High-fashion, e-commerce company automated fulfillment to meet the next-day shipping challenge.
By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2015
The compact system processes nearly 2,000 orders a day in 20,000 square feet.
By Roberto Michel · March 1, 2015
Fleet optimization and delivery tracking solutions improve “last mile” e-commerce deliveries, but success with final delivery depends on a solid process. Beginning upstream with DC network design, implementing fulfillment rules at the order management and WMS levels, and streamlining processes in the DC all pave the way for an efficient last mile.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2015
When their prowess in manufacturing proved a liability in warehousing and distribution, robots were forced to rapidly evolve.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2015
Though subject to unique constraints, advances in the distribution of wine and spirits holds lessons for the wider industry.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2015
Each year, Modern’s Productivity Achievement Awards honor those companies that made outstanding operational improvements through materials handling systems and related information systems.
By Michael Levans · March 1, 2015
Considering that MHI is expecting more than 35,000 warehouse, distribution and logistics professionals at ProMat 2015 in Chicago this month, there’s a good chance that you’re reading this column while taking a break from walking the show floor—which just so happens to be the largest in the trade show’s 30-year history.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2015
As part of ongoing warehouse optimization, customized fleet increases productivity and cuts costs.

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