System Report

By Michael Levans · June 8, 2016
It’s only appropriate that we follow up our recent series of System Reports on innovative applications of robotics in materials handling (L’Oreal, VSP Optics and Quiet Logistics) with a look inside a new, highvolume distribution center that melds the “ancient” art of crossdocking with a lot of modern day common sense.
By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2016
Faced with the loss of a robotic pick solution, Quiet Logistics invented its own robots. Are they the next generation of robotic-enabled picking in the warehouse?
By Bob Trebilcock · May 1, 2016
Mobile robotics reduce the travel time associated with order fulfillment.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 1, 2016
VSP Global turned to automated storage and robotic piece picking to increase the throughput of its state-of-the-art optical lab in California.
<p>Erik Rodriguez, director of supply chain (left) and Jonathan Hart, director of physical flows (right).</p>

By Bob Trebilcock · March 1, 2016
Like many global companies, L’Oreal is facing new demands from its customers in a dynamic market. Robotic layer picking and slotting software are two of the tools the health and beauty leader is using to stay competitive.
<p>Brian Lindholm, executive vice president, central region, DHL Global Forwarding</p> By Bob Trebilcock · February 1, 2016
For a new facility in Chicago, DHL Global Forwarding converted to electric lift trucks. The result? Better uptime and a cleaner environment.
By Bob Trebilcock · February 1, 2016
DHL Global Forwarding relies on electric lift trucks, rack and floor storage, and supply chain execution software to efficiently and quickly receive and prepare freight for export around the globe.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 1, 2016
Marshall Retail Group packed a lot of automation into a compact space to replenish a network of 160 retail locations. The result: lower fulfillment costs, faster inventory turns and room to grow.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 1, 2016
At 64,000 square feet, MRG’s Las Vegas distribution center uses processes and automation typically associated with much larger facilities.
By MMH Staff · December 30, 2015
A look back at Modern's 2015 cover stories.
<p>Materials like plastic (shown) and corrugated are baled for recycling to minimize the amount of waste leaving the facility.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · December 2, 2015
A Canadian retail co-op has embraced sustainability to reduce its costs and return the savings to its members and customers.
By Bob Trebilcock · December 2, 2015
A Canadian retail co-op has embraced sustainability to reduce its costs and return the savings to its members and customers.
By Bob Trebilcock · December 2, 2015
Federated Co-operatives uses technologies that are environmentally and worker friendly in its Saskatoon warehouse.
<p>Nilesh Bhuthadia, global applications manager, Mainfreight</p> By Bob Trebilcock · December 1, 2015
In Auckland, New Zealand, 3PL Mainfreight took a second look at voice recognition technology. The result: a 25% increase in picking efficiency.
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.

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