October 2012

By Josh Bond · October 1, 2012
Four approaches to multi-channel distribution show how the same tried and trusted technology can enable efficient store replenishment while keeping e-commerce customers happy.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2012
Voice customers are finding they can leverage existing voice infrastructure to extend the technology’s benefits throughout the facility.
By Maida Napolitano · October 1, 2012
Today’s warehouse management systems come with sophisticated rules and logic, real-time seamless integration to aligned business applications, and effortless interfaces to automated equipment and mobile technology. But why are we still not putting these capabilities to work?
By Bridget McCrea · October 1, 2012
Buoyed by emerging market growth, demand for add-on functionalities, and its certain move to the cloud, the warehouse management systems market is posting double-digit growth. But is this just a post-recession bounce?
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2012
Manufacturer cuts process footprint while enabling custom-built products to ship in 24 hours.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2012
How active and passive solutions can modify operator behavior and cut costs.
<p>Metal containers are making inroads into smaller part storage areas where weight becomes a factor. This includes the construction of trays or pans used to organize parts in mini-load automated storage and retrieval systems.</p> By Sara Pearson Specter · October 1, 2012
This alternative material is making inroads into smaller part storage areas where weight becomes a factor.
<p>Andrew Chang, director of corporate marketing for the industrial manufacturing and automotive segment of UPS</p> By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2012
Modern spends 60 seconds with the director of corporate marketing for the industrial manufacturing and automotive segment of UPS talking about the economy and manufacturing.
By Michael Levans · October 1, 2012
Multi-channel selling has revolutionized the retail industry—and I’m not sure if you can find anyone in the market who would argue that statement.
By Michael Levans · October 1, 2012
This month, Trebilcock takes us inside the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) facility to get a glimpse at one of the most innovative applications of AGVs we’ve seen to date.
By Peter Moore · October 1, 2012
The U.S. railroad industry, consisting of over 600 large and small service providers, has successfully engineered itself into a viable and largely profitable segment of the nation’s logistics marketplace.
By Mark Pearson · October 1, 2012
Effective use of business analytics—using quantitative methods to derive forward-looking insights from data—is essential for companies that are serious about supply chain excellence. Why? Because with analytics, supply chain managers gain a deeper understanding of what is happening upstream and downstream. As a result, they’re better able to assess the operational impacts of prospective supply chain decisions.
By Michael Levans · October 1, 2012
The 2013 Casebook features 43 case studies that put the spotlight on successful innovation projects that have come to fruition over the past year.
By John A. Gentle · October 1, 2012
A senior vice president of a major national carrier recently asked me if I thought that tomorrow’s shippers have the commitment to maintain the depth of talent necessary to manage one of the value-added programs that I allude to in my columns. I have always maintained that committed process and performance excellence bring exceptional benefits to both the company and its carrier partners, but they require a combination of developmental and seasoned talent.

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