May 2012

By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2012
Multi-channel retailing has created unprecedented challenges for retailers that want one system to replenish stores, fill online orders and also accommodate in-store pick up.
By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2012
Thomann’s new distribution center meets the growing need for multi-channel retailing.
<p>Conveyor and sortation systems are using software and controls to manage the flow of goods while distributing work in a way that eliminates bottlenecks.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2012
More companies are looking to materials handling automation to improve processes and lower operating costs. Modern asked 10 leading systems integrators what the future of automation might look like.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2012
With a few simple prescriptions, fleet managers can plan for the unplanned, reduce costs and ramp up productivity and safety measures.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Lorie King Rogers · May 1, 2012
In our annual software survey, Modern readers tell us that they’re are torn between embracing change and riding out older technologies.
By Lorie King Rogers · May 1, 2012
Provider of outdoor gear and apparel, Moosejaw takes a bite out of indoor warehouse and order inefficiencies with a new cloud-based warehouse management system that also reduced labor costs by 20%.
<p>In today’s automated facilities product may move on many lines before it reaches it ultimate destination—and that’s where sortation systems come into play.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · May 1, 2012
Today’s smarter sortation systems are handling the complex task of moving product through our warehouses and distribution centers faster and more accurately than ever.
By Lorie King Rogers · May 1, 2012
GMI Distribution implements a robust, on-demand warehouse management system to track inventory and provide its 3PL customers with 24/7 visibility into inventory and transactions.
By Jeff Berman · May 1, 2012
Savvy shippers have found ways to put the nation’s rails back to work—and the railroads have flourished. But while current market conditions are favorable for shippers, questions remain over how the nation’s rail and intermodal network will respond when volume ratchets up past pre-recession levels.
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This year’s findings indicate a leveling off from last year’s welcome spike, but also indicate a higher overall investment by those firms that are buying new or upgrading software. For 2012, the market appears to be progressing on a slow-and-steady growth path that isn’t expected to let up anytime soon.
<p>More than 90 percent of those surveyed by the World Economic Forum indicate that supply chain and transport risk management has become a greater priority in their organization over the last five years.</p> By Sarah · May 1, 2012
Most enterprises have logistics and transportation risk management protocols that can address localized disruptions. Global supply chain risks, however, can have cascading and unintended consequences that no one organization can mitigate. Here are recommendations for managing the vulnerabilities.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2012
With a few simple prescriptions, lift truck fleet managers can plan for the unplanned, reduce costs, and ramp up productivity and safety measures.
<p>The “mega-vessel” MSC Fabiola, a 12,562 (TEU) vessel owned by Mediterranean Shipping Co came steaming into the San Francisco Bay early this year.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · May 1, 2012
The recent surge of U.S. exports has created a more balanced trade picture for U.S. ports and the stakeholders they serve. If this is a sustainable trend, analysts expect to see more investment in infrastructure and increased competition among the leading gateways.
By Michael Levans · May 1, 2012
New and innovative technology-driven concepts are brought to my attention on nearly a daily basis. When something really lands with us for the first time, that concept is simply comprised of words on a page or vibrations hanging in the air. We nod, say that sounds interesting, and then quickly dive back into our day-to-day grind to practice “business as usual.”
By Michael Levans · May 1, 2012
I can’t think of a better System Report to grace the cover of this Special Technology Issue than Musikhaus Thomann, one of Europe’s leading retailers of musical instruments and accessories.

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