April 2011

By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2013
Even though the term 4PL remains shrouded in mystery, a number of prominent logistics providers claim that if there is indeed a 4th dimension, they’ve got it. But can they really deliver on that promise? After defining the differentiating features, we’ll let shippers decide.
By Maida Napolitano · April 1, 2012
Proponents have changed the conversation and have started tagging at the item level in what the industry is now calling a “source-to-store” approach.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 14, 2011
Mobile robots, an AS/RS and supply chain software transformed this manufacturer’s processes.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 14, 2011
At Otis Technology, the laser-guided vehicles shaved over an hour of walk time per employee.
<p>The top five systems suppliers reported combined 2010 revenue of more than $6.83 billion, up 3.3% over 2009.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Lorie King Rogers · April 14, 2011
Modern’s 14th-annual survey of leading materials handling systems suppliers from around the world shows that business in general is headed in a positive direction and revenue is growing again.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 14, 2011
The time may finally be right for manufacturing execution systems to find a home in the marketplace.
By Lorie King Rogers · April 14, 2011
Cartons, totes, pallets, components and finished goods can travel for miles on conveyor through manufacturing facilities, warehouses and distribution centers. Here’s a look at the most common conveyors used to transport products to their final destinations.
<p>This cross section illustrates a proton exchange membrane, one of several fuel cell configurations and the one best suited to the materials handling industry.</p> By Josh Bond · April 14, 2011
These alternative sources of energy on the lift truck scene may prove to be a viable alternative, after a little help.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 14, 2011
John Southcott is the newly elected chair of the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA).
By Josh Bond · April 14, 2011
Industrial charging solutions make battery room upgrades cost-effective and green.
By Lorie King Rogers · April 14, 2011
Coffee roaster uses robotic solution to solve in-feed problems and double throughput.
By Lorie King Rogers · April 14, 2011
Honda equips distribution center with automatic guided vehicles to improve transport and handling of spare parts.
<p><b>Methodology:</b> An online survey was first directed to the attention of <i>Logistics Management</i> subscribers on January 31, 2011. Data collection was completed on February 8th, 2011.  The survey was administered by Peerless Media’s Research Group. The summary results presented here are based on a total of 669 usable replies. At a 95% confidence level, results are accurate with a margin of +/- 6 percent.</p> By Patrick Burnson · April 7, 2011
In line with what appears to be a sustained economic recovery, our 27th Annual Logistics Management Salary Survey found that there was a much-anticipated uptick in salaries over the course of the past year.
<p>An independent distributor uses a handheld computer with attached portable printer to wirelessly transmit delivery information to Mission Foods in real time and generate invoices at a grocery retailer’s store.</p> By Maida Napolitano · April 1, 2011
Over the past six years, the tortilla manufacturer has rolled out a combination of wireless technologies—from handhelds, to wireless networks, to RFID—to automate transactions, track assets, and manage labor and inventory in its distribution and warehouse operations. Here’s how they made it happen.
By Bridget McCrea · April 1, 2011
While shippers say they’re taking a more calculated approach to vendor and product selection, our survey finds that there will be an increase in overall supply chain software spending over the next 18 months.

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