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The Connected Distribution Center

The Support Structure for Fulfillment's Much-needed Digital Transformation

By MMH Staff ·

The unrelenting pace and complexity of modern commerce are pushing distribution operations beyond the limits of their current capabilities. The boom in e-commerce, proliferation of SKUs, and packaging variability are all making it harder to run efficient fulfillment operations.

Download this new “Making the Case” guide to see how a connected distribution center provides a new level of digital transformation that increases reliability, reduces reliance on labor, improves utilization, and maximizes productivity.


Distribution Center News & Resources

WERC: 2022 distribution center metrics report and digital tool now available
Industrial real estate market conditions remain tight, with space in short supply, notes CBRE
Maximizing Distribution Center Velocity
What’s the Future of AR and VR in Supply Chain?
Make the Transition to Data-Driven Lifecycle Management
Stack, Store and Save Valuable Floor Space with a Tote Stacker
CBRE reports record data for Q4 and full-year 2020 industrial & logistics real estate
Industry 4.0: Real Cases of Productivity, Efficiency and Profits
Other Voices: Getting to know the next generation of warehouse workers
Don’t Miss Our Annual Modern Materials Handling Virtual Summit
Automation and humans inextricably linked
Other Voices: Shifting U.S. consumer behavior in the face of Covid-19
Other Voices: Pest control basics for Covid-19 operations
Supply chain restructuring could lead to increased industrial real estate demand, says CBRE
Other Voices: Pest hot spots to monitor for improved inventory management
SSI Schaefer starts producing face masks for DCs, waste collectors and clients
GCCA partners with Distillery Association to help food supply chain function effectively
Other Voices: Key signs your business needs mobile device management
Other Voices: What Coronavirus means for e-commerce
A visit to Amazon’s robotic fulfillment center
Other Voices: Tips for effective warehouse numbering schemes
Other Voices: What’s next for the warehouse worker?
Year in Review: 2019 System Reports
Other Voices: The new Space Race in warehouses and distribution centers
Interroll distribution center miniaturized in LEGOs to illustrate material flow
Automation revolutionizing the emerging business models
Other Voices: The need for an evolved supply chain in e-commerce
Columbus-based Vargo opens suburban Cincinnati office
Plug Power and ENGIE partner globally to expand use of fuel cells in logistics
GreyOrange partners with eight supply chain industry leaders in the United States
Slate River Systems announces strategic partnership with Honeywell Intelligrated
Indiana University Health builds a supply chain (and a distribution center)
Material Handling Industry Makes the Digital Transformation
Material Handling Industry Makes the Digital Transformation
The Connected Distribution Center
Honeywell partners with VMware to provide integrated digital workspace platform
Turn 14 Distribution: Putting automation to work
One Belt Change. $500,000 in Capital Savings
Fortna announces investment from Thomas H. Lee Partners to accelerate growth
U.S. Department of Energy recognizes REI distribution center for energy efficiency
Digitize to Improve: Intelligent, Vision-Based Systems Ensure Success in Retail Distribution Centers
Is Your Company Ready for the Robotic Revolution?
System Report: How the Defense Logistics Agency does disaster relief
Other Voices: Top strategies for boosting warehouse productivity
Newcastle Systems expands into Europe, partners with Andreas Laubner GmbH
Continuous improvement in action
Year in review: 2018 System Reports
JLL industrial outlook shows slower growth amid strong market fundamentals
Other Voices: Understanding your options for bulk location warehouse signs
New benefits realized in a connected world
JLL report focuses on urban infill warehouse and distribution space to fill last-mile gap
DMW&H signs exclusive distribution agreement with Dynamic Logistic Systems
EnerSys delivers its 30,000th NexSys battery
How Distribution Centers Can Excel in the New E-Commerce Era
Dematic to open new sequencing and distribution center in Fort Worth, Texas
UPS rolls out on-demand U.S. fulfillment network geared towards B2B e-commerce
Honeywell and Carnegie Mellon University to collaborate on robotics and AI for connected DCs
60 Seconds with Steve Raymond, Raymond Handling Concepts Corp.
CBRE research highlights another quarter of declining U.S. industrial real estate availability
The Impacts of e-Commerce
The Impacts of e-Commerce
XPO and Nestlé announce partnership for U.K.-based digital warehouse of the future
Utilizing Automatic Data Capture (ADC) Technology to its Full Potential
Space Optimization and Utilization
Space Optimization and Utilization
Other Voices: How to help employees adjust to the evolving role of humans in fulfillment
Big Picture: A Peek at the Future
CBRE research makes the case for more warehouse and distribution center development
Other Voices: Keeping propane forklift safety top of mind
Toyota Forklifts offers free safety consultations for National Forklift Safety Day
Other Voices: The limits of Amazon Business is where opportunity exists
Other Voices: The promise of vision picking hinges on smart engineers and processes
Other Voices: Automation is a solution in today’s tight labor market
Other Voices: Bringing data-driven analysis to supply chain problems
JLL calls 2017 a ‘banner year’ for U.S. industrial real estate market activity
Six advantages of using vertical warehouse rack labels
MonarchFx, a division Of Tompkins International, partners with NFI
Year in review: 2017 System Reports
Heavy holiday sales continue to drive 3PL reverse logistics activity, says CBRE
Optricity, Bastian Solutions partner to provide advanced warehouse optimization services
CBRE report makes the case for not overlooking on-demand warehousing
The Labor Challenge and DC Productivity
Hyper-Local Distribution and the Future of Retail
Other Voices: Learn from well-run projects, learn even more from poorly-run projects
Emerging Technologies for Your Distribution Center
Lawson Products acquires Canadian fastener distributor The Bolt Supply House Ltd.
Other Voices: Safety at the loading dock
Apex Tool Group donates tools, use of warehouse to Harvey, Irma relief
Other Voices: Distribution center boom and a perfect storm of labor disruption
Other Voices: Reverse logistics no longer a supply chain afterthought
Plug Power announces expanded collaboration with Walmart
Keeping up with, or replicating, Amazon is key to retailers’ success, says AlixPartners research
Vanderlande opens new manufacturing and distribution center in USA
Other Voices: Seven tips for extending the life of logistics assets
Gartner announces rankings of the 2017 Supply Chain Top 25
Other Voices: Why DCs should care about the WannaCry ransomware attack, and what to do about it
Rethink Cycle Counting in your Operations
Voice-directed system postpones WMS upgrade while accommodating rapid growth
Other Voices: Five key steps to a successful warehouse label and sign installation project
Making the Case: Distribution Center (DC) Workflow Automation to Drive Process Optimization

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Marginal decline in forklift truck sales in 2022 following historic 2021
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Intralogistics Robotics study 2023: More robots are coming to a warehouse near you
Software helps robots play nice
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Lift truck computing: Practicality reigns supreme
Mallard Manufacturing to open innovation lab
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Protective packaging roundup
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Automated packaging lets opportunity flower
ISM Semiannual report calls for reduced manufacturing and services sector growth in 2023
MiR appoints new president, extends strategy for global growth
Hyundai Material Handling adds Evolution Forklift to its growing list of North American dealers
Finding the Right Automation Partner
ABB completes acquisition of Siemens low voltage NEMA motor business
Ocado Group announces agreement to acquire 6 River Systems
Talking Materials Handling: What’s up with Private Equity
GreyOrange announces Suneel Krishnaswamy as new CPEO
Services economy growth continues in April, reports ISM
Sealed Air announces new corporate brand, SEE
Blue Yonder research: supply chain executives turn to technology amid prolonged challenges
Drive systems supplier maxon and MassRobotics partner to support robotics advancement
The Association for Supply Chain Management launches new technology certificate
Loftware enters global technology alliance with Toshiba
SVT Robotics appoints Cole Heffernan as CFO to guide continued business growth
Trelleborg Wheel Systems officially joins The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
Douglas Manufacturing acquired by Rulmeca Group
Barcoding, Inc. acquires Procensis, Inc.
Addverb collaborates with Purdue University on smart factory
EAM-Mosca announces Christian Wiethuechter as president and CEO
Equipment leasing activity index for March down slightly, year over year
Veo Robotics lands $29 million investment round
Buyer’s Guide: ASRS Technologies
Jungheinrich AG taps Configura as partner for plant and DC design software
Reusable Packaging Association launches 2023 State of the Reusable Packaging Industry survey
SVT Robotics delivers rapid automation integration for Tecsys WMS customers
Equipment leasing outlook for rest of year lowered after slow start to 2023
FORTNA automates new Budbee ecommerce parcel hub in Sweden
Concentric acquires Hawaii-based Industrial Battery Solutions
ProMat C-Suite Interview with Dave Szczepanski: The field of robotics comes to life
Threat or Friend? Robotic Cleaning in Warehousing and Logistics
Best Practices for Safe and Efficient Dock Operations
Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports increased industry orders for 2022
Efficient Docks Create Efficient Warehouse Operations
Reusable pallet provider RM2 adds Wayne Cochran as COO
Interact Analysis: Poor economic climate knocks warehouse construction
C-Suite Interview with Francisco Moreno Velo: The growth of automation in logistics
JASCI Software partners with Tompkins Robotics
ProMat 2023 – The Chinese are coming
GreyOrange co-founder Akash Gupta named as new CEO
Going to town with fulfillment at Parts Town
Inside the Parts Town fulfillment center: Built for simplicity, speed and growth
ProMat 2023: Let’s integrate all the robots
Voice picking solutions gains impact with integration
Getting warehouse rack systems right
The exoskeleton evolution
EPG appoints new CEO for Americas
Automotive works on its mojo
60 Seconds with Aileen Ryan, president of RAIN Alliance
Where is fleet management headed?
What’s the environmental impact of wood pallets?
Pallet flow rack as recipe for efficiency
C-Suite Interview with Joe Colletti: Integration is the name of the game
PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2023 registration open
Let’s Talk Mobile Robots: Three Real-World Applications for Warehouse and Manufacturing
Hyster recognizes high-performing Dealer of Distinction recipients for 2022
Despite sequential decline, March Services PMI points to growth, reports ISM
Covariant adds $75 million in Series C Funds to meet demand for scaled AI robotics deployments
FMH Material Handling Solutions appoints Randy Reece as new president


Latest Resources

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