May 2012

<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.
By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2012
Modern spends 60 seconds talking automation with Shana Relle, chair of the ISCC for MHIA and marketing for Intralox
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2012
Habits of the recession can prove costly as recovery takes hold.
By Sara Pearson Specter · May 1, 2012
Although the shift to lean, just-in-time practices on the assembly line is well documented, the pursuit of expense elimination in warehouses and DCs continues.
By Derik Andreoli · May 1, 2012
By understanding the markets and how oil prices are set, shippers and carriers will more aggressively look for ways to increase the fuel efficiency of logistics operations. Along these lines, the second part of this series, next month, will dive deeper into how futures markets work and why they are nothing to be feared or loathed.
By Peter Moore · May 1, 2012
in 2012, the prudent shipper has to be looking for options to traditional long-haul trucking in an attempt to control costs and ensure that capacity is available to sustain operations.
By Mark Pearson · May 1, 2012
This month we reflect on the views of the businesspeople, government policy makers, and academics that participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) study of supply chain risk.
By John A. Gentle · May 1, 2012
Don’t you just hate it when politicians or activists take a quote out of context and blow it out of proportion to make the other party look bad?
By Bridget McCrea · May 1, 2012
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. For 2012, the market appears to be progressing on a slow-and-steady growth path that isn’t expected to let up anytime soon.

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