October 2015

By John D. Schulz · October 1, 2015
Our top trucking correspondent examines the daunting regulatory hurdles facing trucking—and gives shippers a clearer picture of what they can expect in terms of rates and capacity based on the cumulative effects.
By Bridget McCrea · October 1, 2015
We explore the continued growth of cloud computing in the supply chain management space, explain what’s driving the rapid rise, discuss lingering limitations holding it back, and lay out a plan for what’s ahead.
By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2015
Biomed, pharmaceuticals, and food lead the list of high-value commodities moving through complex modal networks to both new and well-established markets. But emerging markets are where shippers are seeking the biggest margins—and facing the largest hurdles.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2015
Lift trucks used to be about brawn. The lift truck of the future will be about intelligence, automation, and software—and the future is closer than you think.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Dagmar Trepins · October 1, 2015
Our European correspondent offers U.S. shippers examples of how the logistics industry—hand in hand with government—has responded to the consumer demand for convenience, while keeping cargo flowing from the port of entry to the customer’s doorstep in the most environmentally friendly and cost efficient way.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2015
Today, the volume rankings of the leading ocean cargo carriers only tell half the story. With the planned merger of two of China’s largest players, and the pending sale of Singapore’s NOL, the whole scenario may be set for major upheaval.
By Michael Levans · October 1, 2015
This marks the 16th year that we’ve had the winner of the NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year Award grace our October cover, and the staff of LM couldn’t be more thrilled to continue to partner with this leading transportation advocacy organization to make this happen.
By Peter Moore · October 1, 2015
In meetings with shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) who buy freight transportation services, I often encourage them to step back and consider the many cost areas that make up the “rate” that they’re trying to reduce.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2015
In its new logistics center, German machine manufacturer Grob installed automated storage technologies and goods-to-person picking to speed materials to the assembly line.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2015
In Grob’s new parts and raw materials warehouse, automated and conventional storage work with goods-to-person picking to deliver parts to the assembly line.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2015
Deadlines, data and finding solutions for each are pushing the end-user and supplier communities to adapt.
By Roberto Michel · October 1, 2015
RFID can automatically capture item-level inventory data without extra handling, leading to improved visibility for many types of goods. Here’s a look at how companies are looking to make the most of that visibility.
By Sara Pearson Specter · October 1, 2015
A variety of equipment and installation options lets operations customize their handling to match inventory profiles, customer demands.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2015
Food manufacturer surpasses Food Safety Modernization Act guidelines in new facility.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2015
Whether distributors are new to warehouse management software or as sophisticated as they come, many are sitting on opportunities to improve slotting, spending and service levels.

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