Material Handling Articles

A battery revolution?
Lithium-ion batteries may be on the verge of a breakthrough in the material handling market, as prices inch down and warehouse and DC managers seek lower-maintenance, higher-productivity solutions.

Give a little bit
Amazon holiday ad features, yes, singing boxes flowing through an automated DC.

Interroll Thailand to move into larger facility
Expansion will move conveyor production closer to target markets in Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar, firm says.

Thinking outside the boxes
After nearly four decades of growth, The Container Store's DC had reached its limits. That's when the retailer installed a high-performance automated fulfillment system that has reshaped its entire operation.

A return to productivity
The Popken Fashion Group modernized its returns center to accommodate growth in e-commerce orders and an accompanying increase in shipments and returns. The result? A 30-percent productivity improvement in its Rastede, Germany, facility.

Square bottles cut down on packaging
Dow develops system for shipping chemicals without cardboard boxes.

Material handling firm acquired by owner of Minnesota Twins
Baseball team's holding company buys PaR Systems.

Which dimensioning system is right for you?
Dimensioning systems come in an array of types and sizes these days. Here are some guidelines for figuring out what's the best fit for your operation.

Rockwell acquires Scottish vendor of image sensors
Odos Imaging will add to Rockwell's material handling and dimensioning products, firm says.

Planning a new DC in a narrow footprint
With a wide array of styles, sizes, and widths, shoes can be surprisingly challenging from a distribution perspective. Clarks solved the problem by rebooting its entire DC operation with high-speed automated equipment—all in a 450,000-square-foot area.


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