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Warehouse management systems offer efficient distribution

Automated management allows for better visibility, optimized processing
By Jessica Jacobsen
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American retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. has made millions by allowing children to create their new best friend in-store. However, the fun, frivolity of kids “stuffing” their fuzzy companions sometimes can result in toys that are busting at the seams.


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Co-packer capabilities support new product development

Pilot program helps new companies test products
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Before finalizing new beverage product concepts, beverage-makers need to consider the capabilities of the contract manufacturers and packagers (co-packers) with which they work, according to experts.


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Robots learn to build efficiency

Robotics sales on the rise as more companies realize their benefits
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Just like Rosie the robot maid from the 1960s cartoon “The Jetsons” helped the Jetson family with the housework and sometimes the parenting to ease the pressures of home life, robots in the beverage industry are helping to make industrial life a bit easier.


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'Picking' the right technology for warehouses

Voice-pick systems increase in popularity
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Distribution centers are losing an average of nearly $390,000 every year due to mis-picks, according to a study conducted by Everett, Wash.-based Intermec Inc.


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Dow toasts beer with infographic

Company examines how water sources impact beer style
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According to Dow Water and Process Solutions, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., water makes up 90 percent of most beers and can determine the type of beer brewed.


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Forklifts help lighten the load

Lift trucks use technology, ergonomics and fuel alternatives to meet industry needs
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In the game of Jenga, players have to be nimble in order to keep the wooden tower from collapsing. In a beverage warehouse, forklift operators must possess this same quality for a more serious purpose — transporting product without causing damage. And just like Jenga, in the game of material handling, every move counts.


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Intelligent AGV platforms boost efficiency

Automated guided vehicles aid in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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In the interest of creating a more efficient warehouse, reducing cost, and improving speed, 74 percent of warehousing, manufacturing and distributing professionals surveyed last fall by the MHI Automation Alliance said they are planning or considering an automated project for their facility, according to MHI, Charlotte, N.C.


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The happy, hybrid palletizer medium

Robotic, conventional palletizers offer differing benefits
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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“The introduction of a robotic palletizer has had a huge impact on our business,” say Product Manager Jason Covington and Business Development Manager Steve Golladay of ITW Warehouse Automation (ITWWA), Arden, N.C.


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Experimentation at MillerCoors’ 10th Street Brewery

Tenth and Blake Beer Co. facility runs a ‘hand-crafted’ operation
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Representing the “Tenth” reference in Tenth and Blake Beer Co., the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee is one of the company’s smallest, most experimental breweries, says Tom Cardella, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago-based MillerCoors division of craft and import brands.


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Conveyors make accommodations to protect products

Keeping product flowing to boost efficiency.
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Just as zone defense is used in basketball as a means to defend specific zones of the court and ultimately protect the goal, zone defense in conveyors also works to protect a goal — but this time the goal is a product or package.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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