November 2012

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.
By Michael Levans · November 1, 2012
I’m pleased to announce that the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) and Logistics Management (LM) magazine are presenting Bill Graves, former Governor of Kansas and current president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, with the 2012 McCullough/NITL Executive of the Year Award.
By Peter Moore · November 1, 2012
If you hate paying extra for baggage on flights, you will be unhappy with this news. The Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB), a voluntary rules committee representing 845 motor carriers, has passed a ruling that classifies pallets as a commodity subject to density rules and therefore potentially higher rates.
By Mark Pearson · November 1, 2012
One hallmark in the era of permanent volatility is fluctuating commodity prices: everything from aluminum (variations up to 30 percent in 2012) to zinc (variations up to 25 percent in 2012). The result is endless headaches for people and departments in virtually every industry: the procurement folks buying materials; the logistics and transportation staff moving it; the finance guys forecasting expenses; and even the sales and marketing staff struggling to pass unanticipated cost increases on to customers.
By Derik Andreoli · November 1, 2012
With the presidential election just around the corner, divisive and intentionally misleading partisan talking points on energy have come to dominate the media.
By John A. Gentle · November 1, 2012
An article in our local newspaper lamented the plight of individuals who live in the suburbs and rely upon bus service to get them to work, often at odd hours. Poor ridership has caused some towns to question the need for increased taxes to subsidize the service, while the metro transit authority cites insufficient revenue.
By Michael Levans · November 1, 2012

By Josh Bond · November 1, 2012
Fleet owners can minimize damage and boost productivity by ensuring both operators and their equipment stay at optimal temperatures.
By Sara Pearson Specter · November 1, 2012
To determine how changes in packaging will impact unit load stability, many companies are turning to a transport test lab.
<p>Ian Hobkirk, Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors</p> By Bob Trebilcock · November 1, 2012
Modern spends 60 seconds talking to Ian Hobkirk at Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors about warehouse management systems today.

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