September 2012

By Sara Pearson Specter · September 1, 2012
With recent economic pressures forcing companies to seek more ways to drive costs out of the supply chain, the desire to minimize the number of touches throughout manufacturing and distribution has attracted more attention to the advantages of bulk packaging.
By Josh Bond · September 1, 2012
Cramped customers who increase throughput suddenly find they have all the space they need.
By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2012
Modern spends 60 seconds talking to Jim Lancaster, CEO of Lantech, about the future of packaging.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Maida Napolitano · September 1, 2012
In the midst of tremendous growth, one of the leading distributors of natural and organic products successfully reinvented its supply chain by leveraging a new voice-enabled WMS.
By Patrick Burnson · September 1, 2012
The merging of leading Asian economies is proceeding quickly, giving U.S. shippers more trade alternatives. Here’s our current analysis of this dynamic region.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Bridget McCrea · September 1, 2012
A closer look at what wireless technology is being adopted, how it’s being used, and what benefits logistics professionals are deriving from their mobile investments either inside the four walls or on the road.
By Sarah · September 1, 2012
The 2012 ranking of supply chain leaders from Gartner includes a broad mix of global companies—a few new to the list, but most having recorded multiple appearances. These leaders share certain characteristics that drive day-to-day performance while solidifying the foundation for future growth. Their standout performance is raising the supply chain leadership bar for companies everywhere.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · September 1, 2012
With the Eurozone in full free fall, the continent’s forwarding giants continue to dominate the global market. This disconnect can be explained, say analysts, by the fact that these leaders adhere to one fundamental business practice: building upon established worldwide networks.
<p>In the first half of 2012, Port of Hamburg reported a total throughput of 65.8 million tons, up 2.7 percent.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Dagmar Trepins · September 1, 2012
Despite economic and financial uncertainties, the first half of 2012 has been moderately successful for many leading European carriers, ports, and 3PLs.
By Peter Moore · September 1, 2012
As shippers consider entry into an outsourcing arrangement for freight management, they quickly discover a range of pricing options from various service providers. These service providers have a variety of business models that drive their market offers, and shippers need to understand what these models are so they can evaluate not just the offer, but the potential for long-term satisfaction with the contract.
By Mark Pearson · September 1, 2012
Today more than ever, innovation is a top priority. Sixty-two percent of executives questioned in a recent Accenture survey noted that their business strategy is “largely” or “totally” dependent on innovation. Nowadays, however, companies don’t only need to innovate, they also need collaborators—partners—to help make innovation happen.
By Michael Levans · September 1, 2012
This month in Modern we find two eye-opening stories that paint a clear picture of how materials handling systems and the people who manage them are evolving to meet the needs of today’s more dynamic business environment.
By Patrick Burnson · September 1, 2012
While the next few months may see a stall in its torrid pace of development, there’s little doubt about Brazil’s resolve to conquer hemispheric markets and penetrate new ones.
By John A. Gentle · September 1, 2012
Once you retire from the traditional 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. work days, new hobbies and picture puzzles become a part of everyday life. Sounds boring? Well, it’s just the opposite. Ron and Linda Arnett, highly skilled “puzzlers” with extraordinary insight and sequential awareness, recently introduced me to picture puzzles. Their tutelage provided me with a greater appreciation of the challenges logisticians face in determining the fine points of vendor qualification criteria, assembling the best pre-qualified providers, and selecting the players who can do the precise points of detailed tasks both effortlessly and consistently.

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