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How REI's Green Obsession Sparked D.C. Innovations

How REI's Green Obsession Sparked D.C. Innovations

Companies seek to burnish their brands in a variety of creative ways. In the case of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), that desire extends deep into the supply chain. »


Track/Trace Solutions for the Logistics Supply Chain

Track/Trace Solutions for the Logistics Supply Chain

Consumer satisfaction with the quality of your products is clearly important, but the service you provide before and after the sale is equally important to any business, but often overlooked as benefiting the bottom line. However, providing efficient tracking and tracing of shipped products... »


Three Ideal Areas for Automation Investment in Retail Distribution Centers

Three Ideal Areas for Automation Investment in Retail Distribution Centers

This white paper explores three areas within a retail order fulfillment operation where automated storage and retrieval systems can make a key impact on an organization’s ability to stock more diverse inventory and remain cost-competitive while meeting customer expectations—regardless of the... »


Three Ways to Cost Justify Investment in Freezer-Automation

Three Ways to Cost Justify Investment in Freezer-Automation

We take it for granted that we can regularly fill our freezers with frozen food. Vegetables, pizza, ice cream — a perfect cold chain ensures high-quality food. The cold chain does not start at the grocery store, however, but much earlier, at the distribution center.  These distribution centers... »


Robots Endangering Workers Drives German Startup to Airbags

Robots Endangering Workers Drives German Startup to Airbags

Two years ago, a robot crushed a 22-year-old man to death at a Volkswagen AG factory in Germany after the maintenance worker became trapped in an area usually off-bound to humans. While this type of tragedy is still relatively rare, efforts to improve safety are intensifying as factories around the... »


In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark. This two-armed automaton did not recognize any of this stuff, but that did not matter. It reached into the pile and started picking things up, one after another after another. »


For This Logistics Service Provider, The Game Is Afoot

For This Logistics Service Provider, the Game Is Afoot

If life is a game, then corporate management surely can't be the exception. »


Gaining a Competitive Edge: How to Increase Productivity & Savings with Asset Management Automation

Gaining a Competitive Edge: How to Increase Productivity & Savings with Asset Management Automation

Advances in technology have made each link in the supply chain more efficient, productive and responsive to customer needs than ever before. The impact has been especially powerful in the warehouse, where new material-handling systems and software have revolutionized how products are received,... »


D.C. Automation Trends: Increasing Productivity with Self-Serve Locker Solutions

D.C. Automation Trends: Increasing Productivity with Self-Serve Locker Solutions

The very concept of a distribution center is in flux. No aspect of D.C. operations escapes scrutiny today – including the way in which tools and devices are managed and deployed throughout a facility. Technology has transformed the tools and devices themselves, providing warehouse workers with... »


At Long Last, A.I. Comes to the Logistics Industry

At Long Last, A.I. Comes to the Logistics Industry

It was only a matter of time before artificial intelligence was applied to the field of logistics. »


As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans. It was not, she says, the most stimulating activity. And lifting the bins, which often weigh 25 pounds each, was also tiring over 10-hour shifts. »


A Guide to Selecting a WMS Vendor

A Guide to Selecting a WMS Vendor

While the right WMS can be the piece of enabling technology that allows companies to scale their capabilities, drive revenue growth, and reduce operational costs, there are numerous accounts of troubled, even failed implementations. In Commonwealth’s experience, the majority of sub-optimal WMS... »


The Adoption of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Lift Trucks

The Adoption of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Lift Trucks

What if your materials handling operation could achieve higher operational productivity, eliminate cumbersome battery charging infrastructure and deliver consistently high performance? It may be possible with lift trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Large, successful organizations are... »


Wal-Mart Wants to Take On Amazon With Flying Warehouses

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened a new front in its battle with Amazon.com Inc. »


Q&A: Making Sense of the Internet of Things

Q&A: Making Sense of the Internet of Things

A discussion about how the internet of things and big data are affecting supply-chain operations - with a particular emphasis on their application to the warehouse. »


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