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What Does 'Made in America' Actually Mean?

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | News | Comments

"Made in America" is a label typically associated with durable goods, but food products are coming under increasing regulation and labeling restrictions, such as Country of Origin Labeling. The National Retail Foundation delved into a topic that applies to food.

Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

May/June 2014: M'm! M'm! Green

May 1, 2014 1:14 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Campbell Soup Company's Napoleon, Ohio, plant is one of the largest food manufacturing facilities in the United States. Natural gas, solar energy and a biodigestor help fuel the facility.

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Reducing Fruit and Vegetable Waste

April 30, 2014 8:00 am | by SAVE FOOD Initiative | Articles | Comments

Beside bad weather conditions during growing or delayed harvesting, storage and transport are among the biggest risk factors when it comes to fruit and vegetable losses. On a global scale, the proportion of food becoming unfit for human consumption during transport and distribution is as high as one-fifth.

Loading Docks: A Critical Link in America’s Food Supply Chain

April 29, 2014 8:00 am | by John Ritter, Food Industry Specialist, Rite-Hite Company LLC | Articles | Comments

The loading dock is increasingly being regulated by authorities such as the FDA and new laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act. To stay ahead of regulations, safety-minded businesses are proactively addressing a host of potential threats at the loading dock.

Logistics Software

April 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic iQ software extends beyond traditional warehouse control systems into knowledge-based logistics optimization.

Storage Wall System

April 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Storage Wall System is a cost-effective solution for flexible, modular storage.

Coca-Cola to Build New Chattanooga Facility

April 28, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city. The $62 million distribution center will be built at the site of an old facility at Olan Mills.

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Smartwatch Warehouse Control System

April 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Shiraz Warehouse Control System now works on a smartwatch. The system allows warehouse managers to gather critical key performance indicators to better manage their distribution and fulfillment operations from their wrist.

On-Vehicle Computers

April 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Vehicle Asset Communicator® (VAC) is an intelligent, highly configurable, RFID-based, vehicle-mounted computer that forms the backbone of Company's wireless Vehicle Management Systems (VMS) for lift trucks and other industrial vehicles.

Vertical Lift Module

April 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Shuttle XP 1000 Vertical Lift Module (VLM) features an overhead crane mounted on the unit for easy handling of heavy goods.

Ergonomic Casters

April 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The TWERGO™ wheel (Multiple Wheel Ergonomic) is designed for a variety of industrial applications.

Warehouse Management System

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The AccellosOne Warehouse Management System (WMS) version 6.5 is built on Company's unifying technology platform, the AccellosOne Platform version 3.0.

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Drawer Cabinets

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

LISTA sheet steel drawer cabinets offer made-to-measure top quality for professional use.

3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact the Entire Supply Chain

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. | Articles | Comments

If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group.

Cloud-Based Supply Chain Solution

April 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The new collaborative platform, T.Transparency, is a single, dedicated, cloud-based solution that connects all supply chain communities to provide improved supply chain visibility, better collaboration and increased productivity.

Chobani Expands Distribution to Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

April 16, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Chobani has begun exporting its Greek yogurt to markets in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning with Singapore, Malaysia and Panama. With great success in the U.S., the company is looking to capitalize on its global potential.

Stainless Steel Mobilized Storage System

April 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The ActivRAC® 7M-SS (Stainless Steel) mobilized storage system is designed to meet the increasing demand for more storage capacity in clean room or corrosive environments.

Nevada Food Exports Hit Record Levels

April 11, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Nevada's food and agricultural exports reached a milestone last year, exceeding 2012 sales by more than $19 million. The Nevada Department of Agriculture says export sales hit $137 million in 2013, an increase of 17 percent from the year before.

Adjustable Racking System

April 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The STAK adjustable racking system offers flexibility in vertical storage, load capacity and space savings.

Preventing Food Waste by Harvesting Energy for the Cold Chain

April 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Jim O’Callaghan, President, EnOcean Inc. | Articles | Comments

The highest portion of food waste is on the consumers’ side, but food manufacturers also must be vigilant to ensure food stays fresh throughout the supply chain. A non-stop cold chain monitoring system is a major instrument used to keep food fresh.

Ergonomic Order Picking

April 9, 2014 9:44 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Ergo-Label Beam combines the comfortable, ergonomic order selection of the Ergo Beam® with the abuse resistance and barcode label protection inherent in the structural Label Beam®.

77 Safety Glasses

April 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Service is often a company's bread and butter. If your company is not open to letting suppliers into its plant, your competition may be. Skipping these kinds of service offerings can escalate from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.

Schreiber Foods Plans New Facility to Meet Yogurt Demand

April 7, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Schreiber Foods will begin construction of a distribution center this month in Richland Center, Wis., to meet the growing demand for yogurt. The dairy giant has spent more than $100 million in the last five years on its two Richland Center yogurt plants.

The Nuts & Bolts of MRO: Using Inventory Data to Strengthen Your Supply Chain

April 7, 2014 9:36 am | by Brian Norris, Vice President of Inventory Management, Grainger | Articles | Comments

Successful inventory management programs start with a thorough understanding of the inventory itself. Identifying who uses the inventory, how they use it, why they use it and where they store it is the first step to determining the type of inventory management solution best for business needs.

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