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By Michael Levans · December 1, 2013
Around this time of year it’s natural to want to look back at the last 12 months to gain perspective on where we’ve been and where we’re going as an industry.
By Michael Levans · November 1, 2013
If you like research, and you know we do, then you’re going to love this issue of Modern.
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 Michael Levans · August 1, 2013
For the third year running, the Modern editorial staff is using a majority of our August pages to celebrate the backbone, the workhorse, the most fundamental piece of equipment to be found in any materials handling operation—yet one that all too often gets taken for granted or run to the point of disintegration: the lift truck.
By Michael Levans · July 1, 2013
This month, we shift the focus just a bit onto the unique challenges facing the beverage distribution market. This industry, historically characterized by lift trucks, floor storage and manual palletizing, now finds itself in the middle of a materials handling transformation all its own.
By Michael Levans · April 1, 2013
This month in Modern we fix the spotlight on the gradual, but steady application of a lift truck fleet management program that’s now driving impressive productivity gains and generating considerable cost savings for the folks at Scotts Miracle-Gro.
By Michael Levans · March 1, 2013
While many of us are still buzzing from one of the busiest ProMat events in recent memory, this month in Modern we pull our focus in a bit and concentrate on the little things that are making a big difference inside materials handling operations—especially in light of the increasing adoption of high-speed order fulfillment systems.
By Michael Levans · January 1, 2013
Over the next three months, executive editor Bob Trebilcock will continue this coverage by looking at three retailers that are redefining their categories and their operations by applying highly automated distribution systems to meet the needs of a demanding, ever-fickle online consumer.
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By Michael Levans · October 1, 2012
This month, Trebilcock takes us inside the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) facility to get a glimpse at one of the most innovative applications of AGVs we’ve seen to date.
By Michael Levans · October 1, 2012
The 2013 Casebook features 43 case studies that put the spotlight on successful innovation projects that have come to fruition over the past year.
By Michael Levans · September 1, 2012
This month in Modern we find two eye-opening stories that paint a clear picture of how materials handling systems and the people who manage them are evolving to meet the needs of today’s more dynamic business environment.
By Michael Levans · August 1, 2012
It would be difficult to find a more comprehensive snapshot of the current state of lift truck usage, best practices and technology than the issue of Modern that you’re holding in your hands at this very moment.
By Michael Levans · July 1, 2012
In business, as in life, the tougher the challenge you face the smarter you have to work to see your way through to a resolution—and never did the readers of Modern meet a tougher battle than “doing more with less” during the recession.

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