February 2014

By Bridget McCrea · February 1, 2014
Top supply chain software analysts assess growth in the transportation management systems (TMS) market, highlight emerging trends in adoption, and predict the future of this highly beneficial, yet consistently underused application.
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2014
Shippers and their service providers are outlining plans for the new year by identifying pain points in the reverse loop. Key to that process is developing a returns management strategy designed to provide customers with multi-channel visibility.
<p>Prismatic lenses for skylights disperse natural sunlight into a facility more effectively. Combined with photocell sensors on high efficiency lights, such “daylighting” technology can cut lighting costs dramatically.</p> By Sarah · February 1, 2014
Warehouse and distribution center construction is making a comeback—and so is the desire to get back to green. Our facility design experts offer their take on the evolving benefits and share why sustainable design holds more value than ever.
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2014
A $46 billion investment gap by 2040 threatens U.S. seaports—critical economic lifelines that rely on connecting transportation infrastructure to deliver prosperity for millions of Americans. With this nation’s trade volume expected to quadruple after 2030, and port connections in poor condition, industry experts agree that now is the time to invest.
SPECIAL REPORT
By LM Staff · February 1, 2014
With more than 750 exhibitors, three keynotes, and an extensive educational program, Modex 2014 is adding 50,000 square feet of show floor space. Here’s a guide to every inch.
By Michael Levans · February 1, 2014
We use our february issue each year to peer inside the nation’s four walls to get a better view of how materials handling equipment and automated distribution systems are evolving to become even more closely tied to overall logistics and transportation operations.
By Peter Moore · February 1, 2014
By now you’ve surely heard a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson talk about a parcel deal that they call “If it fits, it ships” with a simple form of capacity pricing.
By Mark Pearson · February 1, 2014
In previous centuries, international trade volumes typically flowed east to west, with more goods, materials, and components journeying from emerging markets­— largely in Asia—to mature economies in Europe and North America.
By Derik Andreoli · February 1, 2014
In Lewis Carroll’s hallucinogenic novella, Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen explains to Alice that she too can become a queen by reaching the opposite side of the playing board. But Alice, who has been running as fast as she can, finds that, despite her efforts, she remains in the same spot.

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From the July 2016 Issue
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.
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