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About that busted TV on your porch: A new take on edge and corner protection for large e-commerce items promises to simplify the packaging process, reducing the chance of damage in the first place. And, better yet, this solution is recyclable. Sep 1, 2022 513
Best practices IN DOCK MAINTENANCE: If there was ever a bad time for dock maintenance to get in the way of dock flow, this is it. Fortunately, new approaches and technologies are making timely dock maintenance a powerful ally of dock efficiencies. Sep 1, 2022 1498
Electric rider pallet trucks: Advances in workflow and safety: Several recent developments here include center-rider cabs, lithium-ion batteries and autonomous operating systems. But perhaps most important is improved operator confidence. Aug 1, 2022 1653
Some new twists on an old measure: From what goes in packages to pallet loads on the warehouse floor and even artificial intelligence, dimensioning equipment has some new missions. Jul 1, 2022 578
A new perspective on LIGHTS OUT: While there aren't too many facilities without a human workforce, lights out continues to gain acceptance in operational pockets with the help of advanced automation. Jul 1, 2022 1615
Taking stock of FOOD & BEVERAGE: Automation has probably never been more important to food and beverage as it is buffeted by a range of forces that challenge historically thin margins. Jul 1, 2022 1570
How stretch wrapping continues to improve: From film to human-machine interface controls and new wrapping patterns, stretch-wrapped loads are steadily becoming more secure at a lower cost. Jun 1, 2022 589
WHAT'S YOUR STRATEGY to find/hire/train/retain techs? Jun 1, 2022 1656
Why the case for CM MS is so BLACK and WHITE. Jun 1, 2022 1570
The incredible, unbroken egg: A new reusable carton reduces egg breakage by 50% in the supply chain from the packing house to retailer. The crates, which also extend egg shelf life, are good for 120 round trips. May 1, 2022 486
Automated storage gets a makeover: High-density, high-efficiency storage is a given these days with automated storage from unit load systems to case and part handling systems. Now the focus is on making automated storage an even stronger player in order fulfillment. May 1, 2022 1673
Maximizing plastic pallet usefulness. Apr 1, 2022 542
Piece picking robots make their mark. Apr 1, 2022 1583
When a tote for an AS/RS is also a sprinkler: Yes, you read that right. Here's the story of a patent-pending tote for automated storage systems that holds loads of 70 pounds and acts just like a sprinkler head if a fire ever breaks out. Mar 1, 2022 598
THE GREAT TALENT HUNT: Yes, there are too few maintenance technicians. No, this doesn't have the earmarks of an industry crisis. But it sure needs to be a priority of individual companies to hire and retain people capable of high performance levels. Mar 1, 2022 1711
Resetting your MRO PARTS STRATEGY. Mar 1, 2022 1739
Flexible palletizing system for a labor constrained world: What if you could get away from that large, centralized palletizer fed by a maze of fixed conveyor that too often seems in the way? Not a bad idea. Here's an option that doesn't require more people to make up for newfound flexibility.. Feb 1, 2022 562
Wireless mobility moves the bar higher: Building on faster, more robust communications networks, wireless devices from handheld terminals to autonomous mobile robots are on a path to increasing operational efficiencies, regardless of workforce challenges. Feb 1, 2022 1607
A FRESH LOOK AT POWER TRANSMISSION: If you've left decisions about motors, gearboxes and the like to your OEM, now would be a good time to reconsider. Many end users are starting to get more involved as the options from hardware to data management place new pressures on how power transmission equipment keeps your facility running. Feb 1, 2022 1560
The power of reusable packaging: In a recent report, IFCO has put some numbers to what can be accomplished with reusable totes and related containers. Jan 1, 2022 533
ADC at the edge: Automatic data capture just got a new ally--the edge. The technology allows everything from scanners to voice systems to process data on the edge of where it is collected. The result is real-time decisions that deal with reality-not some plan that no longer applies. Jan 1, 2022 1437
Bulk containers meet sustainability: There's not a lot of room for error when shipping olives 100 gallons at a time. These bulk containers are even more impressive when their attention to sustainability is considered, too. Dec 1, 2021 549
OPPORTUNITY GAINED: In all likelihood, the future profile of maintenance technicians is not what you're thinking. At least, that's what two women at GE Appliances say. This is their story of how they got here.. Dec 1, 2021 1527
VENDING MACHINES deliver for MRO PARTS MANAGEMENT: This equipment brings a strong blend of solid hardware and advanced data management capabilities to keep MRO parts secure, in-stock and readily available to techs. Dec 1, 2021 1519
About that cannabis packaging system: From design to creation to shipping, this packaging system protects cannabis across the supply chain. Nov 1, 2021 525
Update on CONVENTIONAL AGVs: Automatic guided vehicles have become a bit of a mystery to some of late. Newer technologies and explanations of them have often confused potential buyers. Here's a rundown on conventional AGVs, where they are important and what's coming next. Nov 1, 2021 1633
The next wave of mobile printing: We've all heard it: Never waste a crisis. So now is a good time to take a look at how mobile bar code printing can replace some of the craziness of Covid supply chains with accuracy and speed of labeling parts for delivery. Oct 1, 2021 554
Conventional warehouse TUNE UP: Well-defined processes, clean data, a little automation and a skilled workforce deliver that needed spark to conventional warehouses. Oct 1, 2021 1584
Reverse logistics meets automation: Returns are the bane of everyone's existence. No one likes them or is that good at handling them. Yet, returns are part of the bottom line. As pressure builds there, expect to see automated systems increasingly get the nod for much needed control and discipline in the returns process. Oct 1, 2021 1545
Paper packaging with a great rate of change: A highly flexible yet strong and stiff paper packaging material reduces packaging costs and shipment damage compared to conventional bubble pack. Bring in the sustainability of paper, and the rate of change just accelerated. Sep 1, 2021 482
AUTONOMOUS CLEANING BOTS: Coming to your DHL neighborhood facility. Sep 1, 2021 1528
The new look of BEST PRACTICES MRO PARTS MANAGEMENT. Sep 1, 2021 1660
Is laser marking in your future? Aug 1, 2021 595
LIFT TRUCK acquisition & use trends. Aug 1, 2021 1539
A new take on dimensioning in the DC: Once confined to the shipping department, cubing systems are moving upstream to measure individual items and boxes as well as pallet loads to improve handling processes and cube utilization. Jul 1, 2021 524
Getting non-conveyables under control: Not everything fits in a standard sized carton that moves around the DC with ease. Some items are just too big, too small, too heavy or too irregularly shaped for standard conveyors and require special handling. Don't be intimidated. With the right planning and resource allocation, you've got this. Jul 1, 2021 1617
REFRIGERATED & FROZEN FOOD TO YOUR TABLE: From aging facilities to a lack of warehouse labor, cold storage is challenged. Fortunately, several forces from new capacity and consolidation to a surge of automation promise to make order fulfillment of refrigerated and frozen food more efficient than ever. Jul 1, 2021 1563
A watchful eye for building more accurate pallet loads: Tired of shipping pallet loads that aren't quite right? Here's a smart pallet solution that can cut the cost of shipping errors without slowing up palletization. Jun 1, 2021 500
FOR MRO, REMOTE is more than just a fancy concept: Covid was a catalyst and advanced technology the enabler that made remote MRO training and support a force to be reckoned with. And not just until the danger of Covid passes. Remote MRO is here to stay. Jun 1, 2021 1577
Visibility and control: Two key words in MRO's future: A recap of an online discussion of where MRO is now and where it's headed in the future. Jun 1, 2021 1901
Peel-and-seal to the rescue: Sometimes taking a chance delivers a big payoff. That's what happened when DHL partnered with a customer to setup and operate peel-and-seal packaging lines on short notice and helped sustainability long term. May 1, 2021 510
New ideas to improve safety and ergonomics: Better body mechanics. Less potential Covid exposure. Improved picking performance. Fewer injuries. Those are four of the benefits that wearables and warehouse software are bringing to people out on the DC floor. May 1, 2021 1620
BEST PRACTICES in RACK SAFETY: You may only think of racks as a place to store product. But unpack rack safety, and it's easy to see that it also has an impact on people and equipment in the warehouse. May 1, 2021 1359
When is a pallet not up to the job? That's exactly what they want to know at the Virginia Tech packaging center dedicated to finding better ways to protect everything in the supply chain. The idea is to figure this out before the first shipment goes awry.. Apr 1, 2021 488
AUTOMOTIVE builds a new path: Transportation of parts and assemblies in auto plants is taking on a new look with its increasing use of guided vehicles and carts as well as autonomous mobile robots. In a word, it's all about flexibility.. Apr 1, 2021 1587
Packaging that fits also impresses: Ever receive a box too big for its contents? What's worse, the shipper overpaid to ship an unnecessarily oversized box. Automated fit-to-size packaging solves both problems at once. Mar 1, 2021 602
CMMS takes aim at PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE: Computerized maintenance management systems are emerging as the backbone for leveraging data about materials handling equipment on the road to predictive maintenance. Key words here are: digital, data analytics and Internet of Things. If that sounds futuristic, it is. But you also need to get on board. Mar 1, 2021 1549
The struggle to find and retain techs continues: A new survey shows that the problem of finding the right people to maintain lift trucks and automated systems remains. But the introduction of some new certification programs is likely to ease the burden. Mar 1, 2021 1786
Specialty packaging gets Pfizer vaccine to you: The pharmaceutical supplier uses a specialty shipping box to keep vaccines at -80[degrees]F for up to 10 days on their way to vaccination centers. It's a major supply chain packaging victory. Feb 1, 2021 539
MOBILITY makes a move: Mobile devices are getting significant upgrades that will improve point-of-use and enterprise productivity. Advances range from the move to Android systems to a consolidation of form factors while trying out some new ones, and the debut of platforms that make the link to enterprise systems. Feb 1, 2021 1501
Don't underestimate the power of the tape head: Packages can arrive in less than great shape if the taping process was botched in any of several ways. Here are some tips on what to look for in a tape head that can consistently do the job. Jan 1, 2021 455
Data capture takes on processes, people and assets: Best known for its ability to identify and track inventory, data capture technologies of all types are being swept into a far more powerful information web. The idea is to use the technology to improve processes through improved deployment of people and assets. Jan 1, 2021 1571
Retail comes out swinging: As retailers rebuild their distribution schemes as quickly as possible, they are still behind the curve when it comes to how the role of stores is changing and the enormous surge in e-commerce. A little empathy is actually in order, even when you can't buy exactly what you want when you want it. Patience remains a virtue. Jan 1, 2021 1658
What Covid has changed in MRO parts management. Dec 1, 2020 1634
Maintaining your MRO team during Covid. Dec 1, 2020 1561
Recycling coastline plastic into premium single-use packaging: Plastic waste on the beach is now being used in packaging from totes to bulk containers. And if one pioneer has her way, this is only a start. Nov 1, 2020 476
SALARY SURVEY 2020: Satisfaction on the rise: We asked and you told us what you're paid and where you see your career path heading. And, considering all that's happened in the past few months, you're generally upbeat. Read on to see where you fit in our survey. Survey Nov 1, 2020 1547
Streamline your pack and ship process: Double-sided printing of labels and lists for e-commerce and other shipments increases accuracy while reducing labor needed to get orders out the door in the least amount of time. Oct 1, 2020 485
KEEP CALM AND UNITIZE: Stretch wrap and strapping are the two leaders when it comes to keeping loads safe and secure. Both are undergoing some changes that will make it easier to carry on even as more is expected of unitized pallet loads. Oct 1, 2020 1624
Next-generation marking technology for the simple pallet: The idea of tracking pallet loads and their condition while in transit just got simpler with a new technology that can be applied across an entire pallet pool. Aug 1, 2020 544
About that breakthrough in cubing: At one point, it was all about dimensioning boxes for shipment. But e-commerce changed that as DCs needed to dimension what was going in the box. Doing that requires a new set of capabilities. Jul 1, 2020 450
Automation works its way up the cold chain: Auto mated materials handling is building its case in freezer and refrigerated DCs. Food producers are increasingly focused on it. So are third-party logistics providers. Strong benefits combined with reasonable payback periods make a strong case for automation. Jul 1, 2020 1635
Taking a lot of heat from lithium-ion batteries: Special packaging is needed to protect in transit lithium-ion batteries that have been known to self-ignite. Jun 1, 2020 501
Is your AUTOMATION technician certified? Jun 1, 2020 1549
The CHALLENGES OF MOVING from preventive to predictive maintenance. Jun 1, 2020 1780
Opportunity in the packaging department: One man's ingenuity led to a high-performance orbital stretch wrapper that saves time and labor as it protects shipments from costly damage. May 1, 2020 504
Lift truck innovation: In their own words: Modern talked to five leaders in the lift truck industry to find out what they expect the future will bring to the market. May 1, 2020 1882
Warehouse with a life-saving mission: In Jacksonville, Coca-Cola Florida had just opened an upgraded high-density overflow warehouse when it took on a mission never imagined during its design--supplying beverages for a pandemic. Preparedness and simplicity are key to its success under dire circumstances. May 1, 2020 1337
RFID takes on automotive containers: Offering an ROI of just six months, RFID is on a trajectory to change how automotive tracks, traces, identifies and recycles packaging across its supply chain. Mar 1, 2020 553
Labor management: STUFF THAT WORKS: There's been more than enough whining about the availability and stability of labor in DCs and warehouses. Ignoring that path, about a third of facilities have put in place tools and practices that motivate and engage people. Everyone else has no choice but to follow or fall behind. Mar 1, 2020 1814
ANNUAL report card ON MRO MANAGEMENT: We asked how you and MRO are getting along these days. And, it seems that while there is always room for improvement, the MRO performance levels are clearly leaning more to efficient or highly efficient than otherwise. Mar 1, 2020 1888
When virtual reality is MORE THAN REAL: Lift truck operator training is getting a boost from VR. In addition to shortening training time, the technology offers managers and drivers more information earlier about people's abilities to safely operate trucks of all types. Mar 1, 2020 1504
New decade, new approach to case packaging: The cheapest corrugated box possible is being displaced by retail-ready packaging that protects its contents in transit and proudly displays product in the store. Feb 1, 2020 493
RETURNS: The wild west of materials handling: With few rules and even fewer positive outcomes, returns processing will be a pitched battle with real financial implications in the new decade. Don't hesitate to join the fight now. Feb 1, 2020 1587
Go ahead: Give it your best shot: As the saying goes, you've got to break some eggs to make an omelet. That's also true when designing new lightweight containers that can survive abuse on the manufacturing floor. Here's the back story of what happens there. Jan 1, 2020 532
THE CHANGING METRICS OF RETAIL SUCCESS: Total sales still matter. But few other measures do as retail morphs. While many want to characterize e-commerce as a great destroyer, it's actually a great creator, bringing retailers and customers even closer together. Jan 1, 2020 1657
PHARMA RACES TOWARD ITS FUTURE: Whether inside the four walls or between locations, the pharma supply chain is becoming increasingly complicated. The reasons range from new Federal regulations to increasing demand for delivering more drugs faster than ever before. This is a game changer. Dec 1, 2019 1639
Specialty packaging for a fragile world: Proprietary design and materials are the ticket to protection in a rough-and-tumble supply chain. Nov 1, 2019 580
Trim your corrugated and consumables inventory: Here are two ideas to help your operations work through the clutter by managing all your inventory and minimizing the space needed to stage and store it. Oct 1, 2019 556
KNOCK AT THE DOOR: AI and IoT are ready for your warehouse: Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are making their initial forays into warehouse operations. The expected outcome is DCs able to respond dynamically to current supply chain conditions not pre-set rules. Look for newfound flexibility and an ability to respond to specific customer demands. Oct 1, 2019 1580
Cold chain gets more sophisticated: From automation to lift trucks and emerging data networks to track and trace products, cold chain is rapidly changing. It might even become a model others want to emulate. Oct 1, 2019 1820
The automated approach to right-sizing shipments: Traditionally, shipping boxes and cartons was an oversized process built with manual labor. Those days are disappearing with a second generation of automated machines that builds boxes and pouches that are closer to right-sized and saves on materials and shipping costs. Sep 1, 2019 1512
Sustainable packaging is ready to make its mark: Whether it's about cost or environmental savings, sustainability is taking on greater importance in packaging--and that will impact supply chains from Amazon to automotive. Sep 1, 2019 1552
Pallets freshen up a farmer's sustainability score: Frey Farms uses pallet pool of reusable pallets as part of a shared reused pallet recycling system. Sep 1, 2019 453
Adhesive and specialty stretch wrap secure 1,200-pound loads: Cargill Malt sees more stable loads with less damage after implementing new packaging solution. Sep 1, 2019 445
New pallet design trims costs and extends useful life: Berry Plastics employs unique plastic pallet out of its own post molded scrap material. Sep 1, 2019 461
TECH ON TRUCKS: On-board terminals and battery management systems are becoming central to maximizing daily productivity of lift trucks as well as long-term fleet efficiencies. Aug 1, 2019 1543
Are you checking your lift truck tires enough? Probably not. But as you're about to read, plenty of opportunities are available to spend too much too often if you ignore proper maintenance. Aug 1, 2019 1528
Telemetry solution boosts lift truck utilization: A cellular-based lift truck usage tracking system maximizes use of the current fleet while right-sizing it for future operations. Aug 1, 2019 475
Continental/Midland increases productivity with enhanced operator accessibility: Man-up lift trucks put the operator right where the action is, simplifying inventory movements. Aug 1, 2019 367
Improved worker comfort increases DC productivity: Overhead fans facilitate airflow, increasing throughput and employee retention even on the hottest days. Aug 1, 2019 484
NEXTGEN SUPPLY CHAIN Awards: For our inaugural event, Peerless Media recognized five companies leading the way in the adoption of new technologies. Jul 1, 2019 2419
Materials handling in automotive hits an inflection point: Despite all the technology in our cars, automakers are only starting to change how they build them. The next five years should be interesting, as automakers respond to outside and inside pressures to up their game. Jul 1, 2019 1807
On-demand delivery on your doorstep: The latest iteration of last-mile delivery is rapidly changing not just how quickly we take delivery of our latest purchase, but the picking and packing of orders in the distribution center. Jun 1, 2019 1709
LABOR MANAGEMENT navigates worker shortage: From the labor market to pressure on productivity levels, DC managers and supervisors are under great pressure to maximize efficiencies. Getting labor management right is a key factor in hitting those imperatives. Feb 1, 2019 1601
Inventory management in an ON-DEMAND WORLD: There are no easy answers on this one. You have to dig in and figure out what matters to your supply chain strategy and customers. Get that right, and you're ahead of the pack. Jan 1, 2019 1514
On-demand warehousing prepares for takeoff: It's a simple concept. Warehouse space sized to a company's immediate needs and located close to the final customer. That combination is making on-demand warehousing a powerful alternative to long-term warehouse arrangements for companies ranging from Fortune 100 to startups. Dec 1, 2018 1756
The brave new world of BUYING LIFT TRUCKS: The old days of buying a lift truck as a commodity unrelated to other materials handling equipment purchases are going away. Rapidly. It's all because of fundamental shifts in how distribution centers operate--and new technology, of course. Aug 1, 2018 1579
Smart glasses: The latest weapon against downtime: Not every facility has experienced maintenance technicians at the ready. With a combination of video, augmented reality and more, smart glasses provide a direct link to remote technicians who know how to guide others to get equipment back up and running. Jul 1, 2018 1658

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