Archive for Packaging

Robots With “Hands” that Pick and Pack Delicate Products at Incredible Speeds

Robots with hands that can pick delicate objects would potentially be transformative in distribution if these arms could be attached to mobile robots. But first we have to understand the capabilities of robots with “hands” better. I visited Micron Products to hear about their installation of a robot, really two integrated robots, to automate the process of picking and placing small plastic fasteners into shipping crates. I was interested in learning more about robotic gripper […]

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Most Popular Logistics Viewpoints Blogs of 2014

The Logistics Viewpoints team thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2014 posts obtained the most views over the year. The posts from the beginning of the year often obtain the most views because they’ve been visible for a longer period of time. However, this year’s most popular article was posted less than one month ago! Bobby Miller, an executive from Ortec, authored “How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike.”  This article […]

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Most Popular Logistics Viewpoints Blogs of 2014

The Logistics Viewpoints team thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2014 posts obtained the most views over the year. The posts from the beginning of the year often obtain the most views because they’ve been visible for a longer period of time. However, this year’s most popular article was posted less than one month ago! Bobby Miller, an executive from Ortec, authored “How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike.”  This article […]

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How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike

This past June, the largest overnight delivery carriers (FedEx and UPS) announced that they would apply dimensional weight pricing to all shipments, effective January 2015. It is expected that shipping costs will increase 20 to 30 percent and affect over 70 percent of all shipments. What shippers are truly affected by the new pricing model? What can be done to avoid the cost increase? Read on. What is Dimensional Weight Pricing? Dimensional weight pricing is […]

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Supply Chain Inefficiencies: The Cost of Over-Packaging

Today’s consumer is more informed than ever about the products they are buying. This includes product attributes and information, advantages, limitations, and competitive pricing, among others. The notion of the informed consumer has also taken on a new meaning lately. Namely, consumers care where the products come from, and how it is made. This is making retailers re-think some of their sourcing requirements, as consumers want more visibility into what makes up the food they […]

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The Missing Supply Chain Perspective in Packaging Decisions

About a decade ago, I visited a packaging facility operated by a contract packaging provider. The facility would receive bulk quantities of goods from a leading consumer goods manufacturer and package them into different clamshell units (10-count, 30-count, 50-count, etc.) and then into cartons. The cartons were then transported just a few hundred feet through a tunnel to an adjoining building that was operated by a 3PL, where the products were stored and later shipped […]

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