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SB Logistics moves toward the LIGHTS-OUT WAREHOUSE: In Ichikawa City, Chiba, Japan, SB Logistics has implemented robotic systems for piece-picking and packing, along with automated storage and retrieval, conveyance and sortation. These are big steps toward a fully autonomous warehouse. Sep 1, 2021 2204
While the technology has been available for a decade, autonomous lift trucks have been slow to catch on. That may be changing. Aug 1, 2021 2228
Are DCs ready for drones? Despite the hype, drones have been slow to catch on in the supply chain. But some intriguing new use cases suggest the technology could be ready to break out inside the DC. Jul 1, 2021 1983
Allied Electronics & Automation's DC MAKEOVER: In Fort Worth, a leading distributor of automation controls turned to technology and automation to accelerate growth. May 1, 2021 2105
Mount Adams Fruit AUTOMATES farm to store: After a fire destroyed its warehouse, Mount Adams Fruit came back with one of the few automated facilities in the industry, including AS/RS and robotic palletizing.. Apr 1, 2021 2257
JOANN stores masters ship-from-store, pickup-in-store & curbside pickup during a pandemic: Confronted with a surge in online orders, the nation's leader in fabric and craft supplies leveraged its stores to keep the fabric flowing. The challenges it mastered provide a roadmap for e-fulfillment in the future. Feb 1, 2021 2159
GAP INC.: MAKING RESILIENCE A CORE COMPETENCY The retail leader gave new life to an existing facility that sets the standard for e-fulfillment at Gap Inc. What's more, it brought the 1.2-million-square-foot facility online two months ahead of schedule during a pandemic. Jan 1, 2021 3104
Caleres steps into a new level of distribution. Dec 1, 2020 1959
How NFI Industries is MEETING the INNOVATION CHALLENGE: The 3PL implemented a fleet of eight autonomous mobile robots in one e-commerce fulfillment center. The result is more than double the productivity in that area. Nov 1, 2020 1591
GECOM's NEXT-GENERATION AGV: A leading auto parts manufacturer turned to AGVs using next-generation navigation and control technologies to automate lineside delivery and pickup. The result: A 73% reduction in materials handling resources and a two-year ROI. Oct 1, 2020 1831
NorthShore's new application for AMRs: NorthShore Care Supply is using AMRs to automate pick-to-cart processes, while still using the cart. Sep 1, 2020 2480
FreezPak: Fuel cells are hot in a freezer warehouse: FreezPak, a fast-growing cold storage company, turned to hydrogen fuel cells to cut down on battery storage room space and to extend run times. The result: A big boost in productivity. Aug 1, 2020 1493
The future of e-commerce fulfillment at UPS: One of the world's largest parcel delivery services is redesigning its fulfillment processes to meet new challenges, inside and outside the warehouse. Jul 1, 2020 1644
Supply Chain Startup: What startups bring to the party: There are reasons companies may want to consider working with startup technology companies. Jun 1, 2020 818
The post-pandemic DC. Jun 1, 2020 2349
It's still the right time to invest in next-generation technologies: Counter-intuitive, perhaps, but adoption of technologies like mobile robots and 3D printing will be accelerated as a result of the pandemic. May 1, 2020 645
Modex 2020: MRO, ML and AI. Apr 1, 2020 362
Building the world's best warehouse: That was the goal of Scandinavian retailer Varner. The result is a most highly automated, omni-channel retail distribution center, that is also flexible, cost-effective, ergonomic and sustainable. Apr 1, 2020 1668
Robotic software takes control: Just like WES, robot operating systems are undergoing a transformation that may change the way we manage distribution centers. Cover story Mar 1, 2020 1940
What's in store for 2020: Technology continues to be the driving force, but it's evolving. Feb 1, 2020 951
WES 2.0: The first generation of warehouse execution systems brought a new level of orchestration to automated warehouses. The next generation promises to bring a new level of optimization and productivity to the conventional warehouse. Get ready for WES 2.0. Feb 1, 2020 2472
NEXT-LEVEL FREEZER DISTRIBUTION: In Burley, Idaho, NewCold built a 180,000-square-foot freezer distribution center that brings a new level of efficiency to handling frozen food, including a tight integration with its customer's operations. Jan 1, 2020 1579
Coop's automation journey: Norway's largest cooperative is operating one of the most highly automated grocery distribution centers in the world. Coop's journey to automation provides a roadmap for other organizations moving from conventional to automation. Dec 1, 2019 2354
The view from the round table: Last summer, we heard from supply chain executives from three small to mid-sized companies on the challenges faced by their organizations and how they're addressing them. Dec 1, 2019 2234
Pulling the digital thread: GE Appliances may not have taken all of the touches out of its distribution processes, but it has reduced them to a bare minimum, increased the velocity of product moving through its facilities and sped up training time. The key: A digital transformation with next-generation technologies like IoT, AI and VR. Cover story Nov 1, 2019 2611
MICRO-FULFILLMENT may be coming to a grocery store near you: Forget 500,000-square-foot--or even 50,000-square-foot--distribution centers. Materials handling automation and technologies are the next trend in brick-and-mortar fulfillment. Oct 1, 2019 2689
Network design and robots at Rakuten Super Logistics: E-commerce fulfillment leader RSL is remaking its network and DC design to meet the future. Cover story Sep 1, 2019 2257
MIT and ASU serve up an online master's degree in SCM: Partnership between a top technical institution and a leading public university is part of a revolution in supply chain education. Aug 1, 2019 662
Toll puts automation to work down under: When Toll designed a state-of-the-art e-fulfillment distribution center, it combined goods-to-person piece picking with AGVs to optimize pallet movement. The result is a safer and more productive facility. Aug 1, 2019 1887
Get the most from your VNA storage: New technologies and capabilities enable today's VNA trucks to be more productive than ever. Jul 1, 2019 524
INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEALTH builds a supply chain (and a DC): To drive efficiency, Indiana University Health created its own procurement, logistics and distribution network. The centerpiece is a highly automated 300,000-square-foot distribution center. Jul 1, 2019 1981
PASTRAMI, with technology on the side: After 30 years of paper-based distribution, Nassau Provisions implemented a WMS to distribute specialty and kosher foods from its 80,000-square-foot distribution center. Jun 1, 2019 2501
What's next for Turn 14 Distribution: A Pennsylvania-based distributor of performance auto parts moved from conventional to automated processes and expanded its network from one to three DCs. The result: improved accuracy, throughput and industry-leading customer service. May 1, 2019 1848
ADORE ME SERVICES: Small space, BIG AUTOMATION: Adore Me Services packs a lot of automation power into a relatively small space to deliver the right customer experience. Editorial Apr 1, 2019 2373
MRO at ES3: One of the grocery industry's largest distributors is on the path to continuous improvement and predictive maintenance. Apr 1, 2019 1931
How the DLA does DISASTER RELIEF: When natural disasters strike, the Defense Logistics Agency brings its distribution and logistics expertise to support relief efforts. Mar 1, 2019 2553
LUXOTTICA keeps it simple: Simplification and consolidation drove the design of a new 1.1-million-square-foot logistics campus in Georgia, including a 713,000-square-foot distribution center. Mar 1, 2019 1492
Pallet handling in the vineyard: The second-largest family-owned wine company in the world turns to automated pallet handling and storage for its winemaking and distribution operations. Mar 1, 2019 1508
NEXT GEN supply chain at DHL: Here's how one of the world's largest 3PLs is looking to tomorrow's innovative technologies, including heads-up display and robotics, to transform its operations today. Mar 1, 2019 1189
Robots at GEODIS: The global 3PL turned to mobile collaborative robots to rev up its e-commerce fulfillment operations. One measurable result: a 2x improvement in productivity. Feb 1, 2019 1601
Bulking up at Canadian Tire; One of Canada's largest retail brands took bulk handling to new levels of automation and efficiency at its new Ontario DC. Jan 1, 2019 2101
Educational Development Corp. writes a new chapter in distribution: When business surged as a result of social media and a new distribution method, children's book distributor Educational Development Corp. designed a new DC, bringing automation to the company's processes. The result has been considerably more storage and a major improvement in productivity. Dec 1, 2018 2282
RESILIENCE & INNOVATION at GAP INC.: Just months before the start of the 2016 holiday season, one of Gap Inc.'s distribution centers was destroyed by fire. Here's the story of how resilience and innovation saved the day. Nov 1, 2018 2654
LUXOTTICA keeps it simple: Simplification and consolidation drove the design of a new 1.1-million-square-foot logistics campus in Georgia, including a 713,000-square-foot distribution center. Oct 1, 2018 1713
Office supplies logistics at DIMERC OFFICE: Chile's largest B2B distributor of office supplies added a three-level pick module and a high-speed shipping sorter to its distribution center. The result was a 30% increase in productivity. Sep 1, 2018 2084
IoT, the talent shortage and robotics: In its fourth-annual survey of manufacturers and distributors, Sikich finds that companies are facing many challenges, and the answers remain elusive. Aug 1, 2018 627
Goya Foods' secret ingredient: LIFT TRUCKS: The leader in Hispanic food and beverage products puts a variety of lift trucks and racks to work in its distribution centers, including a special Goya spec truck. Aug 1, 2018 1966
Arvato: Fashion logistics: At its Hannover, Germany, facility, e-commerce logistics provider Arvato SCM Solutions is using pouch sortation technology to speed orders to market and dramatically reduce its returns processing time for a fashion leader. Editorial Jul 1, 2018 1527
S.narendrakumar & Co. AUTOMATES ITS OPERATIONS: With two automated storage and retrieval systems, the manufacturer of India's best-selling brand of spices has made the leap from manual to automated processes. Jun 1, 2018 1512
Modex 2018: Trying to figure it out: The new technologies on display in Atlanta were exciting, promising and confounding for materials handling customers faced with a new set of distribution challenges. Editorial May 1, 2018 456
MATERIALS HANDLING INNOVATION matters more than ever: This is no longer your father's materials handling industry. Leading suppliers are developing a culture of innovation, leading to new solutions for new challenges. Cover story May 1, 2018 2057
A.B. Beverage RACKS UP productivity: A.B. Beverage improved throughput and eliminated a third shift through better warehouse design and a new rack system. Apr 1, 2018 1691
NEXT GEN supply chain at DHL: Here's how one of the world's largest 3PLs is looking to tomorrow's innovative technologies, including heads-up display and robotics, to transform its operations today. Editorial Mar 1, 2018 1692
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits: Designed TO Last: On Long Island, the country's premier distributor of wine and spirits turned to shuttle and case dispensing technology to add new life to an old DC. Editorial Mar 1, 2018 1959
USING AGVs AT LEDVANCE: The lighting manufacturer reaped savings by reducing maintenance costs and product damage, and using labor more productively. The bottom line: A two-year ROI. Mar 1, 2018 1496
Rochester Drug Cooperative: ROBOTS READY FOR WORK: It's still early stages, but Rochester Drug Cooperative is proving that mobile robotic piece picking can get the job done in the right application. Editorial Mar 1, 2018 2361
Pallet handling in the vineyard: The second-largest family-owned wine company in the world turns to automated pallet handling and storage for its winemaking and distribution operations. Feb 1, 2018 2554
Preferred Freezer's New Take on Automation: PFS built one of the largest and most automated AS/RS freezers in the world in Washington state. Next up is a new design for automation. Jan 1, 2018 2569
Rocky Brands Sees the Light: Confronting an aging materials handling system and new channels of business with new customer expectations, Rocky Brands installed a put-to-light and sortation system to ramp up fulfillment. Dec 1, 2017 1830
LODGE MANUFACTURING: DISTRIBUTION CAST IN IRON: A new facility, iPhones and a new WMS allowed cookware manufacturer Lodge to double its business for the fourth time in 20 years and shorten order delivery time from 10 days to three. Nov 1, 2017 2169
ROBOTS READY FOR WORK. Oct 1, 2017 2605
Pouch sorter powers stage: how a hometown department store chain transformed its e-fulfillment processes with pouch sortation technology. Report Sep 1, 2017 1844
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits: designed to last: on Long Island, the country's premier distributor of wine and spirits turned to shuttle and case dispensing technology to add new life to an old DC. Jul 1, 2017 1952
GE Healthcare: Lean repairs: self-driving mobile robots improve cycle times and reduce floor space at GE Healthcare's new repair operations center in Wisconsin. Jun 1, 2017 2107
Materials handling clockspeed: innovation, new business models and new alliances were on display at ProMat. It's a whole new world. Column May 1, 2017 644
Materials handling Innovation (and why it matters): every company considers itself an innovator. It's time to include materials handling leaders in that category. Report May 1, 2017 2220
Lawson's multi-purpose DC: Lawson Products built a new distribution center to optimize its network, package and kit products, and deliver better customer service to its branch DCs and customers. Report Mar 1, 2017 2002
Supply chain basics for materials handlers: distribution center and warehouse managers who think they're not in the center of the supply chain are kidding themselves. We talked to managers, consultants and academics about the supply chain processes most likely to impact DCs today. Conference news Mar 1, 2017 2021
To automate or not to automate: like many global companies, L'Oreal is facing new demands from its customers in a dynamic market. Robotic layer picking and slotting software are two of the tools the health and beauty leader is using to stay competitive. Mar 1, 2017 1954
VSP sees the solution: VSP Global turned to automated storage and robotic piece picking to increase the throughput of its state-of-the-art optical lab in California. Mar 1, 2017 1682
Sustainable distribution at REI: specialty outdoor retailer REI's new distribution center brings together the next generation of materials handling and sustainability into one facility. Mar 1, 2017 2088
Johnson & Johnson a vision for automation: J&J Vision Care brings together a variety of automated technologies, including an innovative goods-to-person picking solution, at its Jacksonville DC. Feb 1, 2017 2471
Using AGVs at LEDVANCE: the lighting manufacturer reaped savings by reducing maintenance costs and product damage, and using labor more productively. The bottom line: A two-year ROI. Jan 1, 2017 1363
Whirlpool puts mobile robots to work: in Whirlpool Corp.'s Clyde, Ohio, factory, mobile robots have automated the delivery of parts to the line. The result is a more consistent, efficient and safer operation. Nov 1, 2016 2030
Brownells: Designing for efficiency and growth: Brownells' new Iowa DC has taken touches--and miles--out of the order fulfillment process and increased throughput with near 100% accuracy. Oct 1, 2016 1921
American Eagle Outfitters' omni-channel journey: the fashion retailer has used warehouse execution software and automation to create a true omni-channel distribution center. Sep 1, 2016 2091
Behind KION group's acquisition of dematic: the acquisition creates a one-stop source for materials handling needs, from pallet jacks to AGVs to maintenance management software. Jul 1, 2016 1053
Destination automation: running short of space in its old facility, Destination Maternity Corp. destination highly automated dc driven by an integrated warehouse management and execution system. the result is a strategic weapon helping to drive the business forward. Jul 1, 2016 2060
Top 20 supply chain management software suppliers: the market for conventional solutions continues to rise, even as innovative variations help the industry chart a new course. Company rankings Jul 1, 2016 3101
Final thoughts from Modex 2016: The future of materials handling is... Bits and pieces picked up at the show to help advance the discussion on materials handling's role in supply chain management. May 1, 2016 393
Necessity is the mother of invention at Quiet Logistics: faced with the loss of a robotic pick solution, Quiet Logistics invented its own robots. Are they the next generation of robotic-enabled picking in the warehouse? May 1, 2016 2437
VSP sees the solution: VSP Global turned to automated storage and robotic piece picking to increase the throughput of its state-of-the-art optical lab in California. Editorial Apr 1, 2016 2063
To automate or not to automate: like many global companies, L'Oreal is facing new demands from its customers in a dynamic market. Robotic layer picking and slotting software are two of the tools the health and beauty leader is using to stay competitive. Mar 1, 2016 2840
Grob: Getting the goods to the person: in its new logistics center, German machine manufacturer Grob installed automated storage technologies and goods-to-person picking to speed materials to the assembly line. Mar 1, 2016 1963
Medline Industries embraces goods-to-person picking: at the healthcare distributor's Libertyville, Ill., distribution center, mobile robots are handling totes, filling orders and enabling growth. Mar 1, 2016 1640
eBay: Speed, flexibility & cost: eBay enterprise's Kentucky distribution campus puts a premium on flexible processes and absolute speed to the customer for e-commerce fulfillment. Mar 1, 2016 1763
DHL Global forwarding: Going electric: for a new facility in Chicago, DHL Global forwarding converted to electric lift trucks. the result? Better uptime and a cleaner environment. Feb 1, 2016 1857
Big throughput in a small space. Jan 1, 2016 2881
Can you hear me now? Voice is better the second time around. Dec 1, 2015 2547
It's all about the business: distribution centers have transformed from places to store inventory to enablers of a go-to-market strategy. Here are five facilities leading the way. Cover story Nov 1, 2015 2382
Grob: Getting the goods to the person: in its new logistics center, German machine manufacturer Grob installed automated storage technologies and goods-to-person picking to speed materials to the assembly line. Oct 1, 2015 1831
Working through the backlogs at M&F Western products; the leading supplier of western wear accessories installed a WMS, conveyor and batch picking at its new facility. As a result, the company is no longer dealing with backlogs while accommodating growth. Sep 1, 2015 1814
Lift truck priorities: Building the lift truck of the future: lift trucks used to be about brawn. The lift truck of the future will be about intelligence, automation and software. And, the future is closer than you think. Aug 1, 2015 2453
eBay: speed, flexibility and cost: eBay Enterprise's Kentucky distribution campus puts a premium on flexible processes and absolute speed to the customer for e-commerce fulfillment. Jul 1, 2015 1858
Gartner's supply chain conference focuses on value of data; one theme tied together all of the presentations, regardless of the topic: the importance of data. Conference news Jun 1, 2015 714
Medline Industries embraces goods-to-person picking: at the healthcare distributor's Libertyville, Ill., distribution center, mobile robots are handling totes, filling orders and enabling growth. Jun 1, 2015 2112
Embracing robotics and streamlining fulfillment: goods-to-person picking is just one of the processes that allows Medline to meet its customers' stringent requirements. Report Jun 1, 2015 948
Cisco's warehouse of the future; Cisco says the warehouse of the future will focus on automation and integration across the supply chain. That doesn't necessarily mean automated materials handling. Editorial Jun 1, 2015 2028
Swisslog acquires warehouse automation provider Forte: the deal brings together a large global solution provider known for heavy automation with a smaller midwestern integrator with software expertise. May 1, 2015 333
Southern Wine & Spirits of America: top-shelf distribution; in Northern California, the nation's largest distributor of wine and spirits has built a state-of-the art facility that sets a new industry standard for automated distribution. Cover story May 1, 2015 2538

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