June 2014

By Bob Trebilcock · July 31, 2014
One of the world’s largest wholesale distributors of technology solutions rolled out a WCS, WMS and labor management across six U.S. distribution centers to keep up with demand.
By Jeff Berman · June 1, 2014
Through record-high investments and a keen focus on service, rail and intermodal providers are still delivering on their service promise to shippers—and doing it with improved efficiency. Our panel of top analysts takes a deep dive into what railroads are doing to stay lean and powerful during these still uncertain times.
<p>Retailers and distributors are often turning to simple and easily scalable solutions, like voice- or light-enabled picking, to manage their peak demand.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2014
The rise of e-commerce, more frequent promotions, and competitive service-level agreements are creating more peak periods than ever in the DC. Here’s a look at five strategies companies are using to handle peak demand.
By Bridget McCrea · June 1, 2014
Our new reader survey reveals a cautious approach to supply chain software investment and some lingering uncertainty over the place cloud computing will hold in the greater supply chain solution hierarchy.
By Patrick Burnson · June 1, 2014
Trade volumes between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are massive and growing due in no small part to the fact that manufacturers now treat the continent as one seamless market for production and distribution. Our panelists offer insight into the bright outlook for hemispheric trade.
<p>Handheld RFID readers can scan large quantities of items simultaneously in a wide or narrow target field.</p> By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
The RFID market is showing signs of steady growth as companies work to achieve a meaningful return on investment in specific areas of given processes.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · June 1, 2014
Finding the right third-party logistics provider (3PL) always involves considerable due diligence, contend industry experts. But it may also mean leaving an existing partner for a set of collaborators that can deliver on the promise of a seamless global network.
By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2014
WCS is transforming operations at Tech Data’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
Incremental changes and simple maintenance can ensure the productivity and safety of operations at the dock.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Jeanne Dailey, Mohit Kumar, and Brooks Bentz, Accenture · June 1, 2014
Our team of market leading consultants offers global shippers a strategic approach for optimizing air freight expenditures in a way that simultaneously improves service and capacity.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
The first generation of light systems sought to improve accuracy; the second generation enhanced speed; and we’re now entering the third, which is all about efficiency.
By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2014
By consolidating rack systems at its Cedar Rapids plant, General Mills increased storage capacity and freed up space.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
Company sustains sample order program and increases storage capacity by 167%.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
High-density solution makes leftover parts easier to find and faster to retrieve.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
WMS-integrated doors create an estimated 50% energy savings.

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Details Key to Cross-border Ease
Ever-changing regulations are making it risky for U.S. companies engaged in cross-border trade...
Digital Reality Check
Just how close are we to the ideal digital supply network? Not as close as we might like to think....

Top 25 ports: West Coast continues to dominate
The Panama Canal expansion is set for late June and may soon be attracting more inbound vessel calls...
Port of Oakland launches smart phone apps for harbor truckers
Innovation uses Bluetooth, GPS to measure how long drivers wait for cargo