October 2013

<p>“Any supply chain professionals who want to cross over into executive management need a good balance of knowledge of the demand and supply chain, as well as how to create synergies to optimize supply and demand, integrate them, and not treat them as two separate things. You have to learn that.” —Timothy Gomez</p> By John D. Schulz · October 1, 2013
CEO Timothy Gomez led the charge to vertically integrate manufacturing and distribution at the 218-year-old pencil company—and saved $5 million in logistics costs in the process.
By Brooks Bentz · October 1, 2013
Intermodal is becoming increasingly more viable as logistics managers find themselves under pressure to keep costs down and improve supply chain operations. But how can shippers wring out its full value?
By Bridget McCrea · October 1, 2013
Cloud-based applications continue to penetrate the supply chain management (SCM) software space as more operations are eager to embrace the advantages it maintains over traditional options. We explore how far shippers have gone into the Cloud and reveal several limitations that could hinder the flight.
By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2013
With new, complex regulatory obstacles on the horizon, our panel says that improving relationships with intermediaries should be a top priority for global shippers heading into 2014. Want to stay ahead of the game? It’s time to listen up.
By Bridget McCrea · October 1, 2013
Our Technology Correspondent offers an in-depth look at how voice and mobility are driving speed and efficiency inside today’s more automated, multi-functional distribution operations.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2013
When Dansko designed a new distribution center, it went for efficiency, growth and a system as unique as its brand.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2013
In Dansko’s new 200,000-square-foot distribution center, conventional full case picking and mobile robotic split case picking come together for an efficient, ergonomic and unique solution.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2013
It’s early in the game, but the materials handling industry is looking at new ways to use Big Data to maintain equipment, deliver services and manage processes.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2013
The ADC market grew incrementally in 2012 amid changing customer interests and stiff competition.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2013
As customers navigate an increasingly capable array of robotic hardware and software, they are learning that results are not automatic.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2013
Long-lasting bulbs provide energy-efficient light in workshops and bulk storage.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2013
Air currents provide the expected benefit to worker comfort and a surprise benefit to the manufacturing process.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2013

By Josh Bond · October 1, 2013
An expert identifies some tell-tale signs that a training program might be missing the mark.
By Sara Pearson Specter · October 1, 2013
Mycelium offers an alternative to non-recyclable foam packaging.

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