State of Logistics 2016: Pursue mutual benefit By John D. Schulz · July 7, 2016
While it’s currently a shippers market, the authors of this year’s report contend that we’ve entered a “period of transition” that will usher in a realignment of capacity, lower inventories, economic growth and “moderately higher” rates. It’s time to tighten the ties that bind.

CHEP Containers Group to open new South Bend facility By MMH Staff · September 29, 2016
In response to the growing demand for container pooling solutions in the Midwest United States, the containers division of CHEP is excited to open a new state-of-the-art container processing service center in South Bend, Indiana.

Submissions being accepted for 2016 Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards By MMH Staff · September 29, 2016
The peer-reviewed awards recognize facilities for projects or programs that improve sustainability efforts in food, beverage or consumer product manufacturing operations, focusing on pollution prevention, compliance assurance and environmental protection.

Uber sets its sights on long-haul trucking and brokerage markets By Jeff Berman · September 29, 2016
For shippers, carriers, brokerages and really all other industry stakeholders that have not given much thought to the possibility of Uber becoming a truckload carrier, it appears it may be time to change that mindset.

Pro Mach acquires Pacific Packaging Machinery By MMH Staff · September 29, 2016
Pacific Packaging, founded in 1962, provides high-speed rotary filling and capping equipment for a wide range of applications and leading manufacturers in nearly 40 countries

RM2 and Jabil collaborate on NA production of pallets By MMH Staff · September 28, 2016
The agreement will allow RM2 to scale production more efficiently to market demand.

Global demand for materials handling equipment to reach $176 billion by 2020 By Josh Bond · September 28, 2016
Global demand for materials handling equipment forecast to rise 5.3% per year, spurred by new demand in China and developing countries.

ISA and the Automation Federation draw attention to the growing need for skilled manufacturing work By MMH Staff · September 28, 2016
As Manufacturing Day (October 7, 2016) approaches, the International Society of Automation (ISA) and its affiliate association, the Automation Federation, celebrate the importance of manufacturing to the world’s economic health and future.

Good news for West Coast ports By Patrick Burnson · September 28, 2016
News that the 20,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) plan to meet again in early November should be welcomed by West Coast shippers

PMMI FSMA update report tracks compliance progress for food companies By MMH Staff · September 28, 2016
According to the report, fresh fruit and vegetable processors and small food companies are expected to have the most difficulty with compliance.

Panasonic celebrates 20th anniversary of Toughbook By MMH Staff · September 28, 2016
To commemorate this milestone, Panasonic is also announcing the “Who’s The Toughest Contest.”

Drewry maritime analysts examine the Hanjin shakeout By Patrick Burnson · September 27, 2016
Hanjin’s bankruptcy leaves the proposed carrier grouping THE Alliance at a size disadvantage to both its future rivals. Maritime analysts ask: miight a replacement be called up?

Day 2 at APICS By Bob Trebilcock · September 27, 2016
S&OP, supply chain risk management and Big Data and the Internet of Things were front and center at this year’s conference

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index reaches 12 months of negative confidence By Patrick Burnson · September 27, 2016
A weak trend of improvement in the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index is evident, though the Index is still short of the neutral 50 point mark, report analysts for the London-based think tank, Transport Intelligence

CSCMP’s Hall of Fame By Patrick Burnson · September 26, 2016
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) announced the creation of the Supply Chain Hall of Fame, honoring individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the supply chain discipline.

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