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Target’s Gretchen McCarthy: Stores Are ‘Terrific Opportunity’ for Supply Chain Efficiency

Target Chief Supply Chain and Logistics Officer Gretchen McCarthy explained Target’s $7 billion investment to manage its in-store experience and optimize related assets for the benefit of its customers during a keynote address at the CSCMP Edge 2023 conference in Orlando on Oct. 2, 2023.

Utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Maximize Logistics Sustainability

AI, ML, automation, and optimization engines not only improve service and reduce costs, but also provide solutions for the global logistics industry’s challenge of achieving sustainability and reducing environmental impact.

Investment Triggers a Manufacturing Supercycle

Thanks to a trio of bills passed in the past few years, investment in U.S. manufacturing is at all-time highs, and that means the economy could be poised to take off again.

A Sparkling Partnership Leads to a $30 Million Inventory Reduction

Discover how Blue Yonder helped the world’s largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of home carbonation systems save millions in inventory, decrease order fulfillment time and achieve full ROI in just six months.

Mitr Phol Sugar Achieves Sweet Savings of 5% on Its Logistics Spend

In this case study Blue Yonder’s transportation management solution supports an on-time delivery rate of up to 90%, while also reducing the annual logistics spend by 5%.

Henkel’s Global Warehouse Network Runs on Blue Yonder

In this case study Blue Yonder’s solutions have helped Henkel improve the speed, accuracy, efficiency, service level,sustainability and profitability of these operations.

Building a Platform for Transportation Optimization at Anheuser-Busch

In this case study we examine how Blue Yonder’s transportation management platform helps Anheuser Busch plan in real time across this complex network, supporting always-on, proactive, data-driven transportation management.

Gartner Peer Insights ‘Lessons Learned: Implementing Warehouse Management Systems’

When it comes time to select and implement a new WMS, there are countless pitfalls supply chain leaders can encounter. If you’d like to avoid them, preparation is key!

Medline Executives Schwartz, Slattery to Deliver NextGen Keynote

Medline executives Daniel Schwartz and Kate Slattery will kick off the NextGen Supply Chain Conference with an inside look at how the company is reinventing its healthcare supply chain.

Warehouse Management System to Manage Souto Foods Growing Food Wholesale Business

Modern WMS solution will improve inventory accuracy, productivity, throughput and customer satisfaction.

2023 Reuters State of Supply Chain Execution Report

Supply Chain Optimization is the table stake that today’s manufacturing, retail and logistic provider leaders rely on to improve service, tackle risk and drive sustainability. Discover customer perspectives and best practices to optimize your omni-channel experience, drive sustainability in your supply chain network and tackle risk through technology in this 2023 report.

Growing Logistics Results at Bayer Crop Science

In this case study with Blue Yonder’s help, Bayer is implementing a single logistics platform with shared data, metrics, workflows and best practices across more than 350 locations, supporting the company’s goal for global standardization. While the implementation is ongoing, Bayer Crop Science has already achieved impressive results.

Transform and Optimize End-to-End Transportation Operations

Innovative, scalable and optimized end-to-end Transportation Management solutions can help organizations deliver critical goods and services to customers.

Worldwide Express, GlobalTranz, and Unishippers band together to establish the WWEX Group

A trio of well-known logistics services providers—Worldwide Express, GlobalTranz, and Unishippers—announced they are collaborating on what they called a new corporate identity entitled WWEX Group, that will ensure customers have access to whatever part of the market they need.

Uber Freight Unveils Next-Gen Product Roadmap

Uber Freight has unveiled its next-generation product roadmap as it shifts to customer-focused supply chain technology offerings.

Transportation Management for a Transformed World

The transportation industry has been undergoing a shift towards omni-channel even before the remarkable transformation that commenced in 2020.

Supply Chain Executives Are Turning to Technology and AI/ML to Navigate Challenges

Supply chain disruptions continue, but companies are adapting with investments in technology to improve efficiencies.

Digital Warehouse Management

In this eBook we explore digital warehouse management which allows one to optimize complex warehouse operations, manage micro-fulfillment centers, maximize labor resources, and streamline task execution for both humans and robotics.

First-to-Last Mile Optimization for Manufacturing

The six advanced technologies outlined in this eBook work together to create a truly digital supply chain for manufacturing. They optimize manufacturing logistics networks to be as seamless as possible, increase collaboration across organizations, and enable both inbound and outbound visibility and control.

The Brave New World of Logistics: A Primer

Across every industry, there’s buzz about artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), automation, optimization engines, and other advanced technologies. But what do these terms mean for the logistics industry? Will self-driving trucks ever be a reality? What exactly is a data cloud? Should we be excited or scared by the possibilities created by today’s rapid […]

Blue Yonder – Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ Leader for WMS

Blue Yonder has been recognized as a Gartner® Magic QuadrantTM Leader in the field of WMS for 12 consecutive years. This achievement can be attributed to the loyalty and satisfaction of our esteemed customers.

Blue Yonder is a Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ TMS Leader

Thanks to our TMS customers, for the 12th time 1 in a row, Blue Yonder is named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems (TMS) report.

Predictive maintenance: Ready to launch

You may not be on a path to predictive maintenance, but it’s worth a look. Predictive requires new habits, but has great promise. Don’t tell anyone, but there’s even a ChatGPT angle here.

Analyst study: parcel sortation market to top $4 billion by 2030

Global parcel sortation system market growing at a 7.1% CAGR from 2022 to 2030, finds report from The Insight Partners.

Rockwell Automation completes acquisition of AMR provider Clearpath Robotics

Acquisition of Clearpath and its OTTO Motors division positioned as providing Rockwell with end-to-end autonomous production logistics solutions

Bosch Rexroth names Erwin Wieckowski as president and CEO for North and Central America

Global supplier of drive and controls technologies names leader for Americas region.

The STEM Careers Coalition offers new collection of digital content for Manufacturing Day 2023

The free resources are created in collaboration with an array of industry-leading organizations such as Boeing, Caterpillar Foundation, GAF, Nevada Gold Mines, and Stanley Black & Decker.

Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association releases semi-annual statistics

CEMA estimates overall industry orders (bookings) for January through June 2023 increased 1% versus same period in 2022, though shipments down 0.5%.

Zebra study: nearly six in 10 warehouse leaders plan to deploy RFID by 2028

Other trends which the study revealed include accelerated timelines for warehouse modernization projects, and returns management as a top operational challenge.

Conveying Strategies for Robotic Applications: How to Maximize Throughput

This webinar will discuss the recent development of embedding motion-control technology into conveyors to enable packages to be correctly presented to a robot so that throughput of the manual task that the robot has been assigned to perform is maximized.

Combilift enters offshore wind sector with handling solution, collaborating with Siemens Gamesa

In 25th anniversary year special event, lift truck provider with focus on long-load handling also highlights autonomous truck, as well as a telematics solution. Combilift partnered with Siemens Gamesa on its Combi-LC, which moves wind turbine blades and towers. Combilift expects to generate over €50m in revenue per year in the wind sector market segment […]

Kion Group partners with Li-Cycle to recycle lithium lift truck batteries in Europe

Intralogistics Group’s batteries now being recycled by strategic partner Li-Cycle in Magdeburg, Germany, via a process which recovers up to 95 percent of the battery’s valuable minerals and materials.

Dexterity AI and FedEx unveil robotics trailer loading technology

Called a ‘first of its kind,’ the solution’s AI-powered software tackles a challenging parcel handling task–loading and stacking of parcels and all the variability this involves. Testing of the truck loading technology is ongoing by FedEx with a goal to refine the technology and deploy commercially in the future.

RPA publishes 2023 Reusable Transport Packaging State of the Industry report

A comprehensive analysis of the global reusable transport packaging industry now available from the Reusable Packaging Association.

Raymond out to inspire next generation via its virtual Manufacturing Day event

Virtual event starting Oct. 6 celebrates the manufacturing industry, highlights the importance of skills development, with the aim of inspiring the next generation as Raymond continues to innovate. Virtual event is open to all middle and high school students globally via teacher registration.

SME announces 2023 College of Fellows

SME, teh national nonprofit leading the industrial ecosystem, honors nine members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological, and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession.

Missouri S&T to break ground on Protoplex, celebrate Manufacturing Day

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Protoplex will anchor its manufacturing and innovation campus.

PLA opens Northwest Arkansas pallet management facility

New location expands PLA’s nationwide pallet, logistics, and supply chain services capabilities.

Pallet supplier Millwood opens new location in Lordstown, Ohio

New location to employ nearly 20 new team members

Warehouse automation provider stow Group launches Movu Robotics brand

The new brand replaces the “stow Robotics” name, offering mobile robots and other solutions

Integrated Warehouse Solutions acquires Pioneer Dock Equipment

Pioneer designs and manufactures a wide range of loading dock equipment including dock levelers, vehicle restraints, edge of docks, seals, and shelters.

Körber celebrates partnership milestone with robotics provider Geek+

Software provider Körber and Geek+ mark third year as partners, noting 30 implementations in eight regions and thousands of bots deployed.

IAM Robotics rebrands to Onward Robotics

Mobile robotics company rebrands to mark its next chapter, reinforcing its mission to improve order fulfillment by coordinating humans and robots as a cohesive system.

Agility Robotics readies RoboFab, a 70,000 square foot factory for producing its humanoid robots

Located in Salem, Oregon and set to open later this year, the factory will have the capacity to eventually produce than 10,000 of Agility’s ‘Digit’ bots annually.

Rocrich AGV Solutions joint venture now in operation

The joint venture between Jungheinrich and Mitsubishi Logisnext America, announced in June, offers mobile automation solutions spanning customer use cases from standard to special purpose AGVs and automated forklifts.

Tecsys launches Innovation Lab focused on applying emerging supply chain technologies

Supply chain management software provider’s lab will aim to harness a range of technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and process modeling and simulation, to drive customer value.

Outside the Box: Why parcel shippers are suddenly focusing on packing

This webinar will discuss the recent focus on optimizing pack-out in major brands, highlighting its importance in annual shareholder letters. It will also explore the current state of packing efficiency, how big e-commerce brands are addressing the issue, and the impact of packing on margins and the environment.

Retailer Otto Group teams with Boston Dynamics on warehouse robotics deployments

Strategic agreement calls for Boston Dynamics robots, including both its Stretch and Spot robots, to be deployed across more than 20 facilities over the next two years.

Retail sales see slight August gains, reports Commerce and NRF

Commerce reported that total August retail sales, at $697.6 billion, were up 0.6% from July to August, and were up 2.5% annually. Total retail sales, from June through August, saw a 2.2% annual increase, it noted. NRF’s calculation of retail sales – which excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants to focus on core retail […]

ABB to invest $280 million in its European robotics hub in Sweden

Significant upgrade of the site in Västerås follows recent investments in China and the United States. The 65,000 square meter integrated Robotics Campus, planned to open in late 2026, will bring together automated manufacturing, R&D, customer experience and training centers to develop next generation AI-enabled technologies.

60 Seconds with Mike Field, President and CEO of Raymond’s University Research Program

Modern’s editors sat down with Mike Field to discuss to discuss Raymond’s University Research Program

Autonomous yard trucks to grow at a CAGR of 52.7% to 2030

Study from ABI Research predicts strong growth as supply chain digitalization efforts turn to warehouse yards.

A.P. Moller – Maersk teams with Fabric on automated ecommerce fulfillment center

The advanced, AI-driven 38,000-square-foot automated-fulfillment center in Dallas is expected to be fully operational this fall in support of an online B2C retailer.

Packaging Issue: Positive results are front and center

One of our favorite traditions at Modern is our annual Packaging Issue designed to coincide with PMMI’s Pack Expo, the association’s trade show that this year will run Sept. 11-13 in Las Vegas.

Pack out automation: Flexibility on the rise

Providers of automated packaging and carton right-sizing solutions have thrived by offering systems that deliver on labor and parcel shipment savings— now they’re looking to further evolve by looking to use lighter materials and support flexible “box-first” workflows.

The Pallet Survey Report 2023: Shape shift underway

New report reveals the types and sizes of pallets that companies are using, mechanisms used to secure the loads on the pallets and the broader role pallets are playing in global supply chains.

Automated packaging makes noise at Crutchfield

A leader in the home audio distribution space, Crutchfield is using on-demand packaging to get packages out the door and to save on labor and packaging costs.

Dates set for ProMat 2025

ProMat 2025 will be held March 17-20, 2025 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The Association For Manufacturing Technology and SME partner on workforce development

s partnership focuses on leveraging the strengths and resources of each organization for the betterment and advancement of the industry through three key areas: workforce development, educational products and services and student events

Kardex Solutions and Tompkins Robotics enter partnership

Kardex Solutions can offer its AutoStore solution paired with an adjacent Tompkins Robotics tSort solution to drive further efficiencies and a faster ROI for the ASRS solution.

Barcoding, Inc. joins Graham Partners

In Graham’s view, what Barcoding offers plays a critical role in the automation landscape-partnering with Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) original equipment manufacturers to facilitate the utilization of AIDC equipment and software and enable end customers to automate and digitize their supply chain infrastructure.

NRF announces acquisition of Reverse Logistics Association

Acquiring RLA seen as part of NRF’s unrivaled commitment to support sustainable practices throughout the retail industry.

60 Seconds with Mike Fields, President and CEO of Raymond’s University Research Program

Modern’s editors sat down with Mike Field to discuss to discuss Raymond’s University Research Program

Autobaggers: Out with plastic, in with paper

At least for e-commerce delivery mailers and bags, that is. Both Amazon and Walmart are making the transition as paper-based autobagger suppliers bring on new machines. It won’t all happen tomorrow, but the trend line is set.

Pack Station Tricks: Common sense meets tech

Industrial workstation and shelving options are abundant for effective pack-out areas. Configuring an ideal set up for your operation is part commonsense work-cell design that eliminates wasted or awkward movements, but technology can also play a role.

Leasing’s fleet management upside

Besides ensuring access to newer trucks, leasing processes and contracts help operations adjust their fleet assets to changes in application needs.

Some notes from consumer packaging

A major survey from PMMI and AMERIPEN identifies some trend lines in consumer packaging that are worth considering in the world of industrial and transit packaging.

OSARO and FANUC America collaborate to enhance warehouse robotics solutions

The collaboration combines FANUC’s expertise building and deploying robotics systems with OSARO’s advanced vision software, which gives FANUC robots the ability to automatically learn how to successfully pick and place new objects

Services economy growth continues in August, reports ISM

The Services PMI, at 54.5 (a reading of 50 or higher signals growth), increased 1.8%, growing, at a faster rate, for the eighth consecutive month. ISM said that the services sector has seen growth in 38 of the last 39 months, with December 2022 being the one month with a decline. 

Parcel automation delivers on two fronts for 3PL

Third-party logistics company iForce deployed an automated packaging solution to provide the speed and labor efficiencies needed to keep up with new picking automation, while the solution’s carton right-sizing also improves the customer experience.

Rockwell Automation signs agreement to acquire autonomous robotics vendor Clearpath Robotics

Deal for Clearpath and its OTTO Motors division, which is known for larger format mobile robots, is seen as accelerating Rockwell’s autonomous production logistics solutions, providing safer, more efficient manufacturing environments.

Wauseon Machine announces consolidation of aftermarket services through merger

Aftermarket Services by McAlister Design and Automation and Wauseon Machine combine in formal merger

FORTNA announces Last Mile Solution Center

By leveraging a team of industry experts, the Last Mile Solution Center will support parcel and distribution businesses in automating last mile operations to improve processes, increase productivity and reduce costs.

Mujin secures $85 million in Series C funding

Japan’s fastest-growing intelligent robotics company, Mujin, secures capital to pave the way for a new era of robotic automation.

August manufacturing output is down for the tenth consecutive month, reports ISM

The report’s benchmark metric, the PMI increased 1.2%, to 47.6 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), contracting, at a slower rate, for the tenth consecutive month. The past ten months of contraction were preceded by a stretch of 29 consecutive months of growth. ISM also said that the overall economy contracted, at a […]

Kenco survey examines peak season 2023 expectations, tactics

Results indicate that retailers should flatten the peak season curve and look closely at offering slower delivery and more shopping holidays.

Chinese warehouse automation market set to grow at CAGR of 13.5% over next 5 years

Interact Analysis details findings on the warehouse automation market in China, including domestic warehouse automation suppliers gaining market share.

PECO Pallet earns EcoVadis Silver sustainability rating

Company recognized for commitment to ethical, responsible and sustainable business practices operating North America’s second largest rental pallet pool supporting hundreds of supply chains.

North America robot orders drop for second quarter

Association for Advancing Automation’s latest report shows 37% fewer robots were purchased in April through June of 2023 than during the same period in 2022, a record year; downturn exacerbated by slow economy and high interest rates.

Has Your Warehouse Operation Outgrown your ERP?

Join us for a spirited debate covering WMS vs. WES. Which system do you really need for your distribution operation?

Dematic announces 2023 STEM scholarship winners

Dematic FIRST Scholarships support students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math educations.

ALAN activates for Hurricane Idalia

American Logistics Aid Network offers tips for dealing and responding to Hurricane hitting Florida.

Motion & Control Enterprises acquires Ultimation Industries

Ultimation Industries is a leading direct-to-consumer conveyor manufacturer serving the automotive, food processing, vertical farming, heavy equipment, warehousing, fulfillment and delivery industries. The company offers a line of proprietary automation systems and is also the largest integrator of Jervis Webb Conveyor Systems.

ALAN issues update on logistics aid efforts for Maui fires disaster

American Logistics Aid Netowrk continues to coordinate logistics aid via its micro-site, while also creating disaster specific group, the Hawai’i VOAD Voluntary Organizations Active In Disasters (VOAD)

NextGen manufacturing at GE Appliances

With its microfactory strategy, the appliance leader is thinking small to get big

Peak Technologies acquires North Coast Technical

North Coast provides solutions to integrate vision systems into manufacturing and logistics operations.

Rugged tablet provider MobileDemand partners with wearable scanning solution provider ProGlove

The collaboration merges ProGlove’s cutting-edge wearable scanners with MobileDemand’s line of rugged tablets, which can be forklift mounted.

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas building new facility to meet demand for electric lift trucks

With a total floor area of 73,000 square feet, the new facility in Houston will expand Logisnext’s current electric manufacturing capabilities by serving as a dedicated fabrication space for in-house welding and painting of masts and frames.

U.S.-bound shipments fall in July despite signs of improvement, reports S&P Global Market Intelligence

July imports, at 2.53 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) were off 10% annually, while topping June’s 2.43 million TEU tally by 4%. This marked the 12th consecutive month of annual declines, with the caveat that it represented the slowest rate of decline since September 2022, said the firm. On a year-to-date basis through July, imports are […]

POLA ORBIS taps solution from ForwardX Robotics to transform warehouse operations

The AMR solution uses customized mobile robots equipped with built-in weighing scales to cater to the warehouse’s specific operational requirements.

Six companies join MHI’s Mobile Automation Group at Spring meetings

Latest MAG industry group members are Crown Equipment Corporation, Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, Gray Solutions, Murata Machinery USA (Muratec), Pepperl+Fuchs, and Rajant Corporation.

UgoWork signs pan-Canadian distribution agreement with Liftow

Provider of lithium-ion batteries for industrial trucks partners with lift truck dealer and materials handling solution provider.

Locus Robotics passes 2 billion units picked milestone

Mobile robotics fulfillment provider doubles global picks in just 11 months.

Trew announces growth investment

Trew, LLC announced that it has received investment from American Industrial Partners (AIP) and Redwood Technology Ventures to grow its capabilities and capacity.

The Odom Corporation: A lift truck for every process

In Anchorage, The Odom Corporation relies on lift trucks, fleet management software and lift truck add-ons to manage its beverage distribution center.