Category Archives: Materials Handling & Distribution

Materials Handling & Distribution

Beware the Ship-From-Store Spin Cycle

Seems like every so often there’s a new trend that takes the retail and e-commerce world by storm and the latest of these seems to be Ship-From -Store. An omni-channel nirvana being pumped by systems companies, and falsely supported by … Continue reading

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First Ever Commercial Resupply Mission to the International Space Station

At 8:35 p.m. EDT on Sunday evening, the Space Exploration Corporation (SpaceX) launched its Dragon spacecraft on the first ever commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch itself relied on tried and true methods. The Dragon … Continue reading

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Maximize Your Distribution Center Efficiency with S.A.L.T. (Video)

What is required to justify automation? How the acronym, S.A.L.T., is a way to think about the issues to consider before automating your warehouse or provide the justification to go forward with an automated materials handling project. Hi, I am … Continue reading

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Do You Have Pickers or Walkers in Your Distribution Center?

The picking process is a fundamental role in warehouse and distribution practices. Making this process as effective and efficient as possible is crucial to the long term success of any distribution center or warehouse. However, most system integrators seem confused … Continue reading

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Intelleflex Announces Cellular, GPS-equipped RFID Reader & Cloud-based ZEST™ Data Services Platform

Intelleflex, a leading provider of on-demand data visibility solutions for supply chains and asset tracking, today announced the Intelleflex CMR-6100, the first fully integrated cellular-enabled, GPS-equipped multi-protocol RFID reader with support for the ISO Class 3 battery assisted passive and … Continue reading

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Amazon buys army of robots

From CNN: “Amazon is buying Kiva Systems, a manufacturer of bright orange robots that scuttle around warehouses filling orders, for $775 million. The all-cash deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter, will be Amazon’s (AMZN, Fortune 500) … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Dynamic Storage in Distribution

Ever walk through a distribution center and look down a line of rack? What do you see? Lots of steel, lots of product on trays or pallets, and lots of…air. We spoke about the disadvantages of shipping air in cube … Continue reading

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The Tipping Point to Automated Distribution?

In automated distribution there is always a new product that will revolutionize the industry. But most companies are still using fairly standard and traditional distribution tactics. So what will be the tipping point for whole scale automation and product-to-person distribution? … Continue reading

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Gain 20% More Storage Capacity with a 10 month ROI

Space is a major focus in the supply chain, whether in the distribution center, in transportation, or in the store. But when you consider what takes up space, usually you only think of product. You rarely think of what totes … Continue reading

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7 reasons You Should Use System Pallets in AS/RS (and 1 Reason You Aren’t)

The first question is what is a System Pallet? A system pallet is a cut-to-size pallet that is specifically designed for use in an Automated System. It is better made than a vendor pallet and more durable. Oddly, broken pieces … Continue reading

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Key Data to Investigate Automated Material Handling

So, you have decided to pursue automating your distribution center. Whether you work with with a system integrator or a consultant you will need to provide them information so they can design the best automated warehouse for your company. However … Continue reading

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The Zen Art of Logistics and Party Planning

So you want or need to learn about Logistics and Supply Chain Management? Take it from me, there are worse fates in life as at least these skills can be applied in the real world in support of business activity … Continue reading

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Four Soft wins contract from Mondial Logistics

Four Soft (4S), a global leader offering software solutions for transportation and logistics, announced today that Mondial Logistics has selected 4S eLog® to automate the management of its warehouses throughout its locations in the Netherlands. The contract was executed through … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Industry Veteran Greg Cronin Joins Quiet Logistics

Quiet Logistics today announced that Greg Cronin, a veteran supply chain industry entrepreneur and executive, has joined the company as vice chairman and executive vice president. In this role, Cronin will be responsible for sales, marketing, business development and customer … Continue reading

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Seegrid Corp. Among Technology Standouts Highlighted During G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh

Seegrid Corporation (www.seegrid.com), a robotics company that provides distribution centers and manufacturing facilities with a better way to run their operations, today announced that the company is showcasing its industrial mobile robotics technology to members of the global media during … Continue reading

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Zappos.com Goes Space Age

From Logistics Management: “The online retailer recognizes order fulfillment as the key component of its mission and views the distribution function as its major competitive advantage. Here’s how it adopted Space Age automation to realize skyrocketing productivity and meteoric sales … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Network Top Ten Search Terms – Q4 2008

In July 2008, a customized Google Search function was established for the Supply Chain Network site and now after six months, we’re pleased to highlight the Top Ten Supply Chain Network Search Terms! Click on each of the terms listed … Continue reading

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The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Our next SCN Webinar is scheduled for November 12th at 10:00 am eastern featuring a presentation and video demonstration by Seegrid’s Joel Reed of the Seegrid moblie robotic pallet trucks. Somewhere in the back of my mind I guess I … Continue reading

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