Articles | June 2012

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Supporting a Glass Act

Mexico-based automotive glassmaker Vitro Automotive opened a distribution center in the United States to serve Detroit automakers just-in-time requirements. Its long-time logistics service provider Evans Distribution Systems staffed the new DC for Vitro to ensure a quality workforce.

DC Solutions

Materials Handling: A Better View

With production already at capacity and limited room for expansion, visual technologies manufacturer Christie installed two Shuttle Vertical Lift Module (VLM) storage and retrieval systems from Kardex Remstar – recovering 70 percent floor space, doubling capacity, and cutting labor requirements in half.

Reader Profile

Mary Foster's Excellent Adventure

Mary Foster, vice president, supply chain management at automotive parts supplier Inteva Products, is riding high as part of the new company’s executive team.

Commentary

Troy Ryley

3PL LineTroy Ryley

Nearsourcing to Mexico Improves Operational Efficiency

Near-sourcing is becoming more popular among manufacturers and buyers, and Mexico’s reduced transit times and lower logistics costs make it a preferred near-shoring location, writes Troy Ryley, Transplace Mexico.

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

Green Leadership for Lean Times

Walmart's green initiatives keep the retailer's supply chain lean and efficient, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.

Cliff Otto

Green LandscapeCliff Otto

CNG Fuels Trucking Sustainability Efforts 

Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles have gained visibility as leading-edge companies are transitioning to fleets that use this alternative fuel source, writes Cliff Otto, Saddle Creek.

Bobby Kaemmer

IT MattersBobby Kaemmer

Sharing Data Creates Optimal Supply Chain Visibility

Supply chain visibility is a valuable result of trading partner collaboration, writes Bobby Kaemmer, Cadre Technologies. On-demand and cloud-based solutions can help supply chain partners share data.

Paul A. Myerson

The Lean Supply ChainPaul A. Myerson

Inventory…What a Waste

Carrying excess inventory ties up valuable capital and warehouse space. Using lean tools to analyze and optimize inventory levels helps companies operate more efficiently.

How-To

Ten Tips

Keeping Shipping Costs in Check

John Haber, founder and CEO of consulting firm Spend Management Experts, offers tips for managing freight costs wisely.

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