Articles | January 2012

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Transporting Wind Turbines: An Oversized Challenge

Moving wind energy components requires considerable planning efforts and expense. Wind equipment manufacturer enXco Inc. tackles the challenge of transporting turbines and towers via truck and barge.

DC Solutions

High-Reach Lift Trucks: Moving On Up

Thanks to a fleet of new forklifts, Interstate Warehousing is growing upwards rather than outwards. The Crown RM 6000 lift truck is helping it expand capacity and eliminate wasted space.

I.T. Toolkit

The Scoop on Route Accounting Automation

Ice cream distributor Berliner scoops up savings with an automated direct store delivery solution that helps drivers manage customer information collected along their routes.

Reader Profile

John Hodge: Feeding a Need

John Hodge, director of supply chain at Prince Agri Products, creates organizational efficiencies, reduces costs, and optimizes material flow.

Commentary

Jeff Vielhaber

3PL LineJeff Vielhaber

Protecting Your Company Against Load Board Scams

Shippers can avoid load board scams by taking the time to research the companies with which they do business, writes Jeff Vielhaber, TTS.

Trent Dye

Carriers CornerTrent Dye

How Carriers Keep Great Drivers Behind the Wheel

Driver turnover takes a significant hit to motor carriers’ bottom lines, undermines safety performance and customer service, and exacerbates the capacity shortage. Trent Dye of Paramount Freight Systems explains why focusing on retaining drivers makes more sense than trying to recruit new ones.

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

A Lost Art?

Today's supply chain professionals are tough, practical, and undeterred by the specter of failure, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

The Art of Integration

Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses supply chain integration, citing articles from the January 2012 Logistics Planner issue.

Lynn A. Westmoreland

EcoDevLynn A. Westmoreland

On a Roll: How a New Auto Plant Revived a Town

Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland shares his perspective on West Point, Georgia’s manufacturing revival spurred by the opening of the town’s Kia Motors plant.

Sunny Nastase

Green LandscapeSunny Nastase

Launching a Sustainability Initiative Can Be as Easy as 1-2-3

While some organizations and industries may have operations that naturally lend themselves to sustainability efforts, all companies should be empowered to review their shipping and supply chain operations through the lens of sustainability.

Brendan Lowe

IT MattersBrendan Lowe

5 Steps to Improving Food Product Traceability

Retailers can implement technology and processes to increase traceability and gain greater visibility into their supply chain, which helps track and retrieve products in the event of a product recall, writes Brendan Lowe, Aldata Solution.

Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth

Smart MovesDr. Oliver Hedgepeth

Online Education: An Ideal Medium for Logistics Professionals

Online education allows logistics professionals flexible access to broadening their knowledge of supply chain topics, writes Dr. Oliver Hedgepath, American Public University.

Karen Lobdell

Supply Chain SecurityKaren Lobdell

Are You Effectively Managing Supply Chain Risk?

Managing risk in the supply chain requires that shippers address issues such as product safety, environmental concerns, labor management, and social responsibility.

Christian Rueckerl

ViewpointChristian Rueckerl

Four Simple Questions for Improved Picking Performance

Slotting is the concept of using data analysis to assign every part a location based on its specific attributes. Determining the best type of storage equipment, stock quantity, and location for each stock keeping unit (SKU) yields more efficient picking operations, writes Christian Rueckerl.

How-To

Ten Tips

Ensuring a Worry-Free ERP Implementation

Choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor that addresses flexibility, scalability, and upgrade and maintenance costs can help provide a smooth solution implementation. David F. Ross of APICS, The Association for Operations Management, offers his advice on selecting the right ERP system.

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