Articles | July 2012

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Stacker Cranes Cure Pallet Pain

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Catalent upgraded its Philadelphia packaging center’s high-bay warehouse with an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) served by three aisle-changing stacker cranes developed by LTW Intralogistics.

I.T. Toolkit

Opening the Door To Real-Time Visibility

Door manufacturer The WHITING Group replaced siloed systems with integrated ERP, ushering in transparency and real-time decision-making across its multiple divisions.

Reader Profile

Dennis Omanoff: Hard-Driving Man

Dennis Omanoff, senior vice president, supply chain and procurement, at hard drive and storage solution manufacturer Seagate, backs up his company’s supply chain to prevent service disruptions.


Rajiv Saxena

3PL Line: Third-Party Logistics PerspectivesRajiv Saxena

Managing Global Complexity: The Right Tools for the Job

New international supply chain optimization tools are capable of considering all appropriate shipment flows, modes, routes, and cargo to come up with an ideal workable plan – as often as needed and anytime things change.

Simon Kaye

Carriers Corner: Air, Ocean, Rail, Road TopicsSimon Kaye

Sophisticated Innovations Enhance Supply Chain Security

The growth of global trade and sourcing creates more security vulnerabilities within the supply chain. Aggressive thieves with sophisticated techniques have spurred innovation in shipment processes, technology, and regulatory measures.

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

3PL Partnerships: From Tactical to Strategic

If shippers use their third-party logistics partners for more than brokerage—not just as tactical providers, but as strategic partners—a whole new world of logistics excellence and accomplishments could open up, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

3PL Partnerships: From Transactions to Trust

Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.

Kevin Keith

EcoDevKevin Keith

Blazing Trails from the Crossroads of America

Missouri’s location at the Crossroads of America has been one of the state’s greatest assets, their integrated transportation system maximizes its geographic and natural resources, creating economic advantages for the state and working as a conduit between rural and urban areas.

Sara Pax

Green Landscape: Supply Chain SustainabilitySara Pax

Don’t Be Afraid Of Product Lifecycle Assessment

Product lifecycle assessment (LCA) can reveal opportunities to cut costs, gain efficiencies, and improve sustainability and carbon footprint, writes Sara Pax, Bluehorse Associates.

Fabrizio Brasca

IT Matters: Logistics & Supply Chain TechnologyFabrizio Brasca

Containerization’s Benefits Can’t Be Contained

By incorporating containerization into downstream transportation and upstream supply chain workflows, companies can improve asset utilization, use fewer trucks, drive fewer miles, reduce fuel costs, and enhance distribution center operations, writes Fabrizio Brasca, JDA Software.

Lisa Greenleaf

Supply Chain SecurityLisa Greenleaf

TAPA Standards Safeguard Cargo

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) unites global manufacturers, carriers, insurers, and service providers to reduce the risks of criminal activity against high-value cargo in the transportation supply chain, writes Lisa Greenleaf of TUV Rheinland of North America.

Kevin Doherty

Viewpoint: Logistics & Supply Chain AnalysisKevin Doherty

Ports Can Help Ensure Ship-Shape Supply Chains

Ports must take a proactive role in managing the supply chain so it runs as efficiently as possible, writes Kevin Doherty of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.


Ten Tips

Determining If AS/RS Fits Your Facility

Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) can be an efficient materials handling option for warehouses and distribution centers, but they are not right for every facility. Norm Saenz, senior vice president and principal, TranSystems Corporation, offers advice on deciding if AS/RS is right for your facility.


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