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United Rentals to acquire BlueLine Rental for $2.1 billion

United Rentals, Inc.  and BlueLine Rental  has  announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which United Rentals will acquire BlueLine from Platinum Equity for approximately $2.1 billion in cash. The board of...

July/August 2018 Logistics Manager’s Index Report®
Growth is INCREASING AT AN INCREASING RATE for: Inventory Costs, Warehousing Price, and Warehousing Capacity. Growth is INCREASING AT A DECREASING RATE for: Inventory Levels, Warehousing Utilization, Transportation Utilization, and Transportation Price.

According to a sample of North American logistics executives, economic activity across the logistics sector continued to expand through the end of summer. While the rate of growth is down for some sections of the industry, we register a record-high...

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) activates for multiple named storms

As Hurricane Florence nears the U.S. East Coast and several named storms threaten other U.S. states and interests, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is mobilizing for action – and encouraging industry businesses to do the same. Earlier...

Shoppa's appoints new Corporate Parts Manager

Shoppa’s Material Handling has announced the appointment of Jeff Moncrief in the role of Corporate Parts Manager for Shoppa’s Material Handling. “With Jeff’s extensive experience in parts management, he will be a great...

Philadelphia Scientific names Charles Snyder V.P. of Sales and Marketing

Philadelphia Scientific LLC , the Lean Battery Room Experts™ and a leading international manufacturer of industrial battery management and maintenance equipment, has appointed Charles R. Snyder as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this...

Adrian’s Safety Solutions announces awards of Excellence for Safety

Adrian’s Safety Solutions (Bednet®) is presenting four awards to outstanding companies with excellence in safety practice and culture. Steve Dew, president of Adrian’s Safety Solutions, announced this year’s award recipients:...

FRA announces $46.3 million in PTC grant funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced today Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for Positive Train Control (PTC) Systems Grants.  This NOFO represents the balance of the...

Be prepared to keep workers safe during Hurricane Florence

Hurricanes are a form of tropical cyclones that are capable of causing devastating damage to communities. Hurricanes are storm systems with circulating air and sustained wind speeds of 74 miles per hour or higher. The strongest hurricanes can have wind...

Hurricane Florence - Where to find information to keep your Supply Chains moving

As Hurricane Florence gets closer to a Southeastern US landfall, Olivia blows across Hawaii, and several named storms threaten other U.S. states and interests, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) wants to remind you of a few quick but important...

FedEx Ground expands U.S. Operations to Six Days per week Year-Round
Decades of Investment in Industry-Leading Technology and Facilities provide FedEx Ground with Speed, Efficiency and ReliabilityFedEx preparing to deliver record volumes this Holiday Season and beyond

FedEx Corp . has boosted its capacity and operational innovation to expand FedEx Ground U.S. operations to six days per week in response to the growing e-commerce demand and record influx of volume expected this holiday season, and beyond. “FedEx...

Now is the time

BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE……TAKE OUT YOUR HANDHELD AND/OR CALENDER AND MAKE AN ENTRY FOR OCTOBER 10, 2018 AT 1PM CENTRAL TIME Because I will be on a panel sponsored by MHW discussing ESOP’s for Material Handling, Equipment...

Material Handling a fast paced, rewarding profession for women

Carol Fontanez is always enthused about her work. “In the morning I’m eager to go to work and talk to the next person, the next business. It’s very exciting, never a dull moment,” said Fontanez, rental manager for Jamco Inc....

Mac Rak and Mac Rak Safety expands with emphasis on quality materials and safety repair

With an emphasis on quality materials, Mac Rak Inc . has steadily grown in the nearly two decades it has been in operation.  Mac Rak, which provides custom engineered fabricated warehouse rack repair kits and warehouse equipment protect,...

4 companies that tailor to female entrepreneurs

Today, only 17% of entrepreneurs are women. And 5% of the world’s executives are female. Even so, women business leaders are among the most successful and impactful, as they lead their companies differently — and often, more emphatically...

Women make better drivers than men so why aren't there more during a capacity crunch?

The trucking industry has long been considered a “man’s world” as the job is associated with tedious long-haul driving involving physical exertion and intense stress. The job demands are steep, even with recent regulations limiting...

Operator Training – In or Out?

Since March 15 th , 1999 OSHA has done their best to complicate life for the forklift consumer. Not that their best efforts haven’t been needed! Gone are the good old days when anyone who worked for the company (and even those that didn’t)...

Telematic forklift monitoring may pair well with new High-Tech Glasses

Forklift downtime can easily derail your facility’s best efforts to deliver product and meet customer demands. Unexpected downtime is the nemesis of productivity. When forklifts and equipment fail, it can be challenging to get things up and...

Yale expands capability of Robotic Lift Trucks with Counterbalanced Stacker at PACK EXPO

With thousands of materials handling and logistics professionals at Chicago’s McCormick Place for PACK EXPO , Yale Materials Handling Corporation introduces the latest innovation in its robotic lift truck lineup. At  # booth E-7856 , attendees...

Bostik to launch new products at PACK EXPO

Bostik , a global adhesive specialist for industrial, construction and consumer markets, is preparing for an exciting 2018 PACK EXPO International tradeshow , October 14 through 17, at the McCormick Place in Chicago. Bostik will celebrate the debut...

Dematic introduces Freezer-Rated Narrow Aisle Reach Automated Guided Vehicle

Dematic , a global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announced the release of a freezer-rated narrow aisle reach AGV specifically designed to operate autonomously in chilled and freezer...

Wegmans features OLED lighting technology by Rochester's own OLEDWorks

With 21 straight years on Fortune magazine's100 Best Companies to Work For list, and consistently recognized as America's best supermarket, Wegmans Food Markets is renowned for employee and customer care. The care is in the details, and Rochester-based...

HSAUSA displays Vertical Feeding System at Pack Expo

HSAUSA will be displaying their Model 3PVS at Pack Expo in Chicago from October 14 - 17.  Feeding difficult bags and pouches has never been easier. The Model 3PVS Vertical Feeding System is a reliable automated machine for downstream labeling...

Shield Roof Solutions debuts new Shipping Container covers

As the weather begins to shift with the changing of seasons, Shield Roof Solutions is debuting two new durable and efficient cover options for shipping containers. The covers provide protection and portability designed to withstand extreme weather....

LiteSpeed™ Washdown allows for easy cleaning in sensitive operations
Rite-Hite high-speed door offers fast cycle times with GMP, FDA & USDA compliance

The new LiteSpeed Washdown High Performance Door by Rite-Hite makes it easier than ever to keep a high-speed door clean in food operations. Complete with curtain retention of up to 0.2 InWC, it meets clean Good Manufacturing Practices and guidelines...

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