November 2011

<p>Automatic guided vehicles engage specially-designed frames to transport cabs through the assembly process.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · November 2, 2011
On its Iowa manufacturing campus, John Deere is using AGVs to move tractor cabs down the assembly line. The result has been savings in labor, a safer work environment and improved quality.
By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2011
Automatic guided vehicles move tractor cabs through the production line at John Deere’s Waterloo plant.
By Lorie King Rogers · November 1, 2011
Today’s supply chain execution software applications are evolving, adding functionality and enabling operations to function more effectively.
By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2011
Efficiency in the warehouse has traditionally driven the distribution process. Now, some leading retailers are looking at the DC to lower the cost of operating their stores.
By Lorie King Rogers · November 1, 2011
Enterprise-level supply chain software solutions give an operation the tools to create and test effective business strategies and plan ahead by incorporating commands for necessary preemptive strikes.
<p>Solar panels on the roof of States’ warehouse facility in Arizona generate enough energy to power the facility and recharge its electric lift truck batteries.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Lorie King Rogers · November 1, 2011
Going green isn’t going away: It’s a permanent and increasingly important part of the global business landscape—and that includes materials handling.
By Lorie King Rogers · November 1, 2011
A microbrewer with major appeal installs robust end-of-the-line palletizer that satisfies a round of palletizing specs.
By Lorie King Rogers · November 1, 2011
Moving away from a manual palletizing process and installing a robotic solution was good for Greif.
By Josh Bond · November 1, 2011
Specially designed cold storage lift trucks take a bite out of historic productivity drains.
By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2011
Modern spends 60 seconds talking with John Nofsinger, outgoing CEO of the Material Handling Industry of America.
By Michael Levans · November 1, 2011

<p>“ I think that there’s a consensus in Congress on what the needs are in America. Everybody knows where the bad roads are. Everybody knows where the bad bridges are that need to be fixed. People know that we have transit systems that are outdated that need to be brought up to a state of good repair.” — Ray LaHood</p> By John D. Schulz · November 1, 2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is named the NITL Executive of the Year for his passion, enthusiasm, and his ability to navigate the shoals of our now hyper-partisan capitol.
By Bridget McCrea · November 1, 2011
When executed properly, supply chain visibility will come into play on a day-to-day basis. But how do logistics managers get there? Our technology correspondent shows you the way.
By Patrick Burnson · November 1, 2011
The foremost specialty chemicals and materials company brought on a transformational logistics leader, shed its transportation and warehouse assets, and ramped up a rapid worldwide expansion. Here’s how it happened.
By Maida Napolitano · November 1, 2011
Our warehouse/DC engineer dives into the best practices and tools that the retailer put to work in order to expand its distribution network after it became the exclusive provider of beauty products for JCPenney stores.

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