January 2012

<p>Employees driving fuel-efficient vehicles get some of the closest parking spots at the main entrance.</p> By Maida Napolitano · January 1, 2012
In everything it does, this New Jersey-based manufacturer is steadfast in providing the highest standards of excellence - particularly when it comes to its supply chain. The medical technology giant’s new 720,000-square-foot hyper-sustainable DC has ushered in a 9 percent improvement in two-day service times along with subsequent reductions in transportation and facility costs.
By Sarah · January 1, 2012
Top supply chain software analysts break down the drivers that will keep the transportation management systems market on a steady upswing for years to come.
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While analysts say rates across the board are forecast to be fairly level compared to what shippers have seen over the past two years, they add that there are a number of unanswered economic and regulatory questions that could greatly affect rates if suddenly resolved.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 1, 2012
RJW’s cloud-based WMS provides real-time visibility into orders and inventory for the 3PL and its customers.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 1, 2012
RJW Transport implemented an on-demand WMS to run its warehouse. The result: Revenue in warehousing operations has doubled.
By Lorie King Rogers · January 1, 2012
American Plastics Group uses new pallet-sized, collapsible containers with an integrated pallet-and-lid system to save storage space and improve efficiency.
By Lorie King Rogers · January 1, 2012
A major military aircraft manufacturer retrofits its vertical lift units with a parts divider and containment system, saving money, floor space and retrieval time.
By Lorie King Rogers · January 1, 2012
Features and technology are enabling lift trucks to operate smarter and safer.
By Derik Andreoli · January 1, 2012
When it comes to the oil and fuel markets, it’s been quite a year. On the supply side, the biggest story was the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region uprising epitomized by the Libyan revolt that led to the death of Muammar Gadaffi and the shuttering of 1.6 million barrels of daily oil production.
By Lorie King Rogers · January 1, 2012
Managing a cold storage warehouse successfully is a balance between maintaining the right temperature and maintaining throughput.
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By Josh Bond · January 1, 2012
Lift truck owners want it and are ready to spend money on it—but they’re not sure exactly what it means. These guidelines will help take the mystery out of implementing a comprehensive fleet management program from start to finish.
By Mark Pearson · January 1, 2012
From a business standpoint, the first 10 years of the 21st Century have been anything but normal. Economic turmoil is almost constant, currency valuations shift with the wind, and bank lending vacillates between lenient and tight-fisted.
By Peter Moore · January 1, 2012
Faced with a tight domestic transport market that includes labor and fuel pressure on carriers, shippers are inclined to leverage volume and go for extensions of past rate agreements. I would like to encourage shippers to start thinking outside the box.
<p>New trade agreements mean that a new level of expertise will be required to negotiate International Commercial Terms, or Incoterms.</p> By Patrick Burnson · January 1, 2012
A flurry of new trade agreements should signal greater opportunity for U.S. importers and exporters. But this means that another layer of compliance complexity has been introduced. How will today’s global shippers deal with the new risk/reward scenario?
By John A. Gentle · January 1, 2012
Consider this post-holiday scenario: You go to return something you received for Christmas, and when you finally get to the front of the exchange line after waiting 20 minutes, a smirking face behind the counter condescendingly tells you that “all you needed to do is pick out the right size and exchange it at the regular checkout counter.”

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