June 2012

SPECIAL REPORT
By John D. Schulz · June 1, 2012
Truckload carriers are aiming for that “sweet spot” when the market hits supply and demand “equilibrium.” It’s close right now, but carrier executives fret that the hunt for drivers, rising fuel costs, and regulatory restraints make for a most uncertain future.
By Lorie King Rogers · June 1, 2012
From unit loads to mini-loads and now micro-loads, automated storage and retrieval systems are evolving to effectively manage the changing needs of today’s order fulfillment operations.
By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2012
Manufacturers are managing by data rather than instinct. The next generation of MES systems is helping them get there.
By Michael Levans · June 1, 2012
In every issue of Logistics Management (LM) we devote an article to the growing importance that warehouse and distribution center (DC) operations are playing in transportation and overall logistics management.
By Noel P. Bodenburg · June 1, 2012
Feed and grain business adds fabric structure to increase warehouse space.
By Lorie King Rogers · June 1, 2012
Excelsior Steel installed an automated overhead handling system to improve inventory tracking and provide product protection.
By Peter Moore · June 1, 2012
Brian pierce, chief economist at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), recently reported that there are mixed signals for air cargo shippers during this year and heading into next. Air cargo shippers need to be aware of the current and future challenges that are facing air carriers in order to better position themselves for the service levels and capacity they’ll need if their companies are going to compete on a global level.
By Derik Andreoli · June 1, 2012
As a logistics manager, understanding that oil and fuel prices are a function of supply and demand rather than the rogue actions of “evil speculators” is important.
By Lorie King Rogers · June 1, 2012
Fuller Machine Shop’s overhead handling solution enhanced worker safety and ergonomics.
By Michael Levans · June 1, 2012
There’s a significant trend that has been unfolding over the first half of the year that’s given me hope that the economy has finally turned the corner: Professionals representing all facets of supply chain management are starting to step out of their facilities and offices to attend live trade shows and events.
By Sara Pearson Specter · June 1, 2012
When applying stretch wrap to a unit load applying stretch wrap to a unit load, many facilities rely on manpower. But wrapping by hand has its downsides, increasing the risk of worker injury and inefficiently using stretch film, says Steve Fleming, director of sales at the Wulftec/M.J. Maillis Group.

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