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Electric Cushion Tire Forklifts

September 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The FBC22N2-FBC30LN2 series of 4,500-lb. to 6,500-lb. capacity electric 4-wheel cushion tire forklift trucks is equipped with a variety of productivity-enhancing standard features.

When to Incorporate Warehouse Automation (Part I)

September 23, 2013 8:00 am | by Steve Golladay, Business Development Manager, and Bill Daniels, Director of Business Development, ITW Warehouse Automation | Articles | Comments

What is a warehouse? Posing and answering this question will help you better understand the role of automation in your warehouse. A well-planned and managed warehouse can be a critical part of the supply chain, the tools you use can make your operations more efficient and saving money can give you a competitive advantage.

Dock Lifts with Galvanized Construction

September 23, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Dura-Dock™ Series loading-dock lifts transfer loads quickly and safely from any truck bed to any dock height, and vice versa, without ramps or inclines.

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Obama Convening Export Panel at White House

September 20, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says rising U.S. exports have been "one of the biggest bright spots" of the U.S. economy. Obama pointed out the United States now sells more goods overseas than ever before, and those sales have boosted the U.S. economy.

Rotating Hook Restraint

September 20, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Dok-Lok® RHR-4000 Rotating Hook Restraint incorporates a shadow hook which adds another layer of protection against trailer separation accidents.

Technology for a Smarter Food Supply Chain

September 18, 2013 8:57 am | by Diane Palmquist, VP of Industry Solutions, GT Nexus | Articles | Comments

In some instances, the food supply chain is growing even longer and more complex as global trade becomes more elaborate and expands into new regions. At the same time, there’s a major push for locally grown and organic specialty foods.

Daily Sound Bite: Paying for Molasses Spill Cleanup

September 17, 2013 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Matson Navigation Co., the company responsible for the spill of 1,400 tons of molasses off the coast of Hawaii last week, says it will pay for all related cleanup of the area affected by the spill. Matt Cox, the company's CEO, was contrite on Monday while assuring the public the company will take responsibility for the spill.

September 2013 - Contract Manufacturer Sees All Natural Growth

September 6, 2013 2:57 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Fresca Foods in Louisville, Colo., provides full-service contract manufacturing and brand management services to a growing host of customers operating in the healthy snack foods market. Their unique business model has yielded impressive results for the company and its clients.

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Walgreens Jumps into Grocery Business

August 29, 2013 10:14 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson says the company, widely known as a successful drug retailer, says his company will extend its fresh food grocery line. Geoff Colvin, the senior editor-at-large for Fortune Magazine, interviews the CEO about the changing consumer habits that prompted the new company's evolution.

Cargill Invests $48M in New Distribution System

August 28, 2013 9:39 am | News | Comments

Cargill Beef says it will spend $48 million to install an automated order distribution system at its Dodge City meatpacking plant. The Wichita-based company said Tuesday the system will be housed in a specially built 62,000-square-foot facility.

Q&A: Avoiding a Helping of Cyclospora

August 21, 2013 11:13 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A recent cyclospora outbreak has sickened more than 500 people in 18 states, with some cases linked to salad mix imported from Mexico. The incident highlights the importance of using traceability to identify pathogenic contamination. 

Plastic Storage Bins

August 21, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces five new sizes in the 6" high ShelfMax® line of plastic storage bins.

EDI for Dynamics AX

August 21, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

AccellosOne for EDI for Microsoft Dynamics® AX provides a highly configurable solution versus a solution that requires significant mapping and processing outside of Dynamics AX.

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Routing and Scheduling Software

August 20, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Routing and scheduling software can help transportation and logistics operations make strategic and tactical decisions to reduce operating costs.

Wash. Finalizes Sale of State Liquor Distribution Center

August 15, 2013 9:23 am | News | Comments

The former Seattle distribution center for the Liquor Control Board has been sold to a commercial real estate investment company for $23.4 million. The sale to Panattoni Development Company, Inc. was finalized by the state Department of Enterprise Services.

Wilmington Port, Dole Reach Tentative Agreement

August 14, 2013 12:23 pm | by RANDALL CHASE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with the Diamond State Port Corp. and Dole Food Co. announced an agreement in principle Tuesday for Dole to continue using Wilmington's port for its cargo for the next 15 years. The agreement gives Dole two options for 10-year extensions.

Price Planning Solution

July 29, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Distributor Price Management (DPM) solution manages profitability throughout the distribution channel via creation and management of price structures.

Rotating Hook Restraint

July 22, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Dok-Lok® RHR-4000 Rotating Hook Restraint incorporates a shadow hook which adds another layer of protection against trailer separation accidents.

Walkie End Rider Pallet Trucks

July 19, 2013 9:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s series of walkie end rider pallet trucks provides top performance for transport, order picking and dock operations.

Long Live the Twinkie: The Future of Hostess Brands Sheds Light on Manufacturing Evolution

July 17, 2013 2:22 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations. This reinvigoration includes a number of strategic modifications to Hostess Brands’ business model.

Smithfood: Food Safety Threat?

July 11, 2013 9:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Concerns deepen over a recent deal by which Chinese meat processor Smithfield Foods would buy American meat giant Smithfield Foods. Critics of the deal are now saying that increasing U.S. exports to China could have a serious and negative impact on U.S. food safety.

Pa. House OKs Direct Shipments of Wine to Buyers

June 28, 2013 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Wineries are closer to being able to ship their products directly to Pennsylvania consumers after the passage of a bill in the state House. The vote Thursday sent the bill to the state Senate. It would allow wine producers to obtain a license through the Liquor Control Board.

Wegmans, Cornell Boost NY Cheese Industry

June 28, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

The Wegmans supermarket chain is partnering with Cornell University in a project showcasing and promoting New York's specialty cheese industry. Wegmans announced Wednesday that a selection of New York cheeses from five artisan cheesemakers will be available at its store in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford.

Lubricant Storage & Dispensing System

June 28, 2013 9:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s lubricant storage & dispensing systems feature 130-gallon containers and 3-way diverter valve assemblies.

Spring Assist Door

June 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s new spring assist door was adapted as a cost-effective option for dock doors and internal doors that do not endure heavy forklift traffic and high wind loads.

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