September 2013

By Mary Collins Holcomb and Karl Manrodt · September 1, 2013
The Masters of Logistics have developed strategic partnerships with carriers that enable them to keep costs low while providing innovative service to their customers—and our data show that this value-added perspective is leading to performance that is significantly better than their competitors.
By Peter Moore · September 1, 2013
In this new era of collaboration, some third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are working with enlightened shippers on a new approach rooted in recognition that better logistics management can have a direct impact on the bottom line for both parties. Here’s one example of how it’s being done.
By Bridget McCrea · September 1, 2013
Our technology correspondent shares how two logistics organizations are getting the most from their warehouse management systems (WMS) while gaining shipping efficiencies and streamlining their supply chains along the way.
By Patrick Burnson · September 1, 2013
Threatened by “emerging nation” neighbors that can provide cheaper labor and more cost-effective transportation, China is now pushing back with even more development to keep pace.
By Josh Bond · September 1, 2013
The lift truck is evolving into a platform for data collection, enabling managers to optimize the equipment, the operator, and the facility.
By Patrick Burnson · September 1, 2013
Market research confirms that the freight forwarding industry is stabilizing, with the market leaders staying on top through mergers, acquisitions, and sticking to core competences.
By Noel P. Bodenburg · September 1, 2013
This month in Modern, we fix the spotlight on packaging, a topic that’s now clearly top of mind for savvy materials handling professionals working in the evolving retail sector—and rightfully so.
By Michael Levans · September 1, 2013
That crisp, fall breeze signals that it’s time to dig into the findings of Logistics Management’s (LM) Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends (Masters of Logistics), the clearest breakdown available of transportation spending across modes and the by far the most comprehensive summary of how logistics professionals are managing their operations in current economic conditions.
By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2013
The handbag and accessories maker’s new DC was designed to handle store replenishment, wholesale distribution and direct-to-consumer sales under one roof.
By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2013
Vera Bradley makes the most of pick-to-light and put-to-light methodologies to optimize order fulfillment.
By Michael Levans · September 1, 2013
This month in Modern, we fix the spotlight on packaging, a topic that’s now clearly top of mind for savvy materials handling professionals working in the evolving retail sector—and rightfully so.
By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2013
From wood to plastic to pallet pools, our readers tell us what’s important in pallets.
By Sara Pearson Specter · September 1, 2013
Modern asked a group of packaging experts to take a peek at new developments in secondary packaging for transport and shipping and see which innovations might hold promise for improving the best practices of tomorrow.
By Josh Bond · September 1, 2013
With the growing complexity of e-commerce orders, packaging methodologies prove critical to the speed of fulfillment.
By Josh Bond · September 1, 2013
New equipment and software more than double throughput while reducing strain on workers.

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