July 2013

By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2013
Continued pressure to function globally
<p>Dredging of the navigational channels has been completed. This included both canal entrances, on the Pacific and Atlantic sides, as well as Gaillard Cut. The remaining dredging work to be done in Gatun Lake is expected to be complete this year.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2013
Once completed in late 2014 or early 2015, the expansion project will accommodate vessels more than twice the size of current Panamax ships. However, the projected overall impact on shippers, carriers, ports, and service providers appears to be up in the air.
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2013
With AS/RS, voice-directed picking and high-speed sortation, Wirtz Beverage Illinois takes the lead in wine and spirits distribution.
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2013
Wirtz Beverage uses both cutting edge automation and conventional processes to move product through its new facility.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Bob Trebilcock · July 1, 2013
The market for supply chain management software continued to grow in 2012, with strong growth predicted for the future, too.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
Retail distributors are looking to the storage, fulfillment and delivery strategies of beverage distributors to learn how to more closely connect the DC with the storefront.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
Following the installation of an automatic palletizer, the company cut labor costs and increased total volume.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
After replacing a conveyor chain and wear track with a system that did not require soap-and-water lubrication, Vincor Canada's Quebec bottling operation significantly improved productivity, sanitation, maintenance costs and reliability.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
Automatic guided vehicles provide precise and traceable product movement in Raytheon’s missile assembly facility.
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 Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
With the economy warming, fleet owners are navigating a new array of customized financing options as their fleets return to normal use.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
Custom packaging solution stands up to elements and delivers savings to manufacturer of terrazzo mop basins.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
New system at distribution center helps direct-to-consumer retailer boost productivity by 15%.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
Tailored lease terms can drive down costs while increasing a fleet owner’s ability to react to changing conditions.
By Sara Pearson Specter · July 1, 2013
In addition to minimizing packaging, corner protectors enable pallet loads to be stacked two-high in a trailer, more efficiently filling out the cube.

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