November 2012

<p>Governor Graves discusses his life in trucking with <i>Logistics Management</i>’s John Schulz late last month.</p> By John D. Schulz · November 1, 2012
American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Bill Graves is named NITL Executive of the Year for his leadership in shaping the nation’s ground freight transportation system and his affable, endearing management style.
By Jeff Berman · November 1, 2012
The foremost truckload analysts re-convene to update shippers on current supply & demand, the looming driver crisis, increasing diesel prices, the seemingly endless shifting of government regulations, and what all these issues mean for rates heading into 2013.
By Bridget McCrea · November 1, 2012
Analysts report that cloud-based adoption increased 40 percent this year in the supply chain software sector. Our technology correspondent shares the upsides/downsides of this deployment model—and how vendors are gearing up to meet growing shipper demand.
By Patrick Burnson · November 1, 2012
In today’s dynamic, global marketplace, shippers need to execute a checklist of essential action items in order to get the most out of their third-party logistics partnership.
By Maida Napolitano · November 1, 2012
A record response reveals that readership is divided in terms of investment: one side remains cautious, while the other is on the verge of making significant changes to their warehouse/DC operations. How have your operations emerged from the Great Recession?
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By Patrick Burnson · November 1, 2012
In anticipation of the Panama Canal expansion in 2014, the fight for market share of inbound cargo remains fierce among top U.S. ports.
SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · November 1, 2012
After being battered by three years of recession that decimated profits, LTL carriers are now focusing on improving yields and profitability in order to recapitalize their rolling stock. Now shippers need to cope with a new era of tighter capacity, higher rates, and tougher carrier negotiations.
By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2012
The distributor of industrial supplies delivers on customer service guarantee with automated approach.
By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2012
MSC’s new order fulfillment system rapidly picks and consolidates multi-line orders for quick cycle times.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Noel P. Bodenburg · November 1, 2012
With more than 800 exhibitors, three keynotes and an extensive educational program, ProMat 2013 looks to be the biggest edition of the show yet.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2012
From wood to plastic to pallet pools, our readers tell us what’s important in pallets.
By Josh Bond · November 1, 2012
Once the cobwebs of a legacy WMS have been cleared, it’s easier than ever for customers to stay current and competitive without breaking the bank.
By Maida Napolitano · November 1, 2012
A record response reveals that readership is divided in terms of investment: One side remains cautious, while the other is on the verge of making significant changes to their warehouse/DC operations.
By Josh Bond · November 1, 2012
Packaging manufacturer’s flexible new fleet helps repetitive tasks become efficient and safe.
By Josh Bond · November 1, 2012
Aiming to reduce manual tasks, company reaps unexpected productivity improvements.

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