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Palletizer automation helps fuel craft beer growth

Robotic, hybrid and conventional options help handle different packaging types
July 16, 2014

When Kansas City, Mo.-based Boulevard Brewing Co., now a part of Puurs, Belgium-based Duvel Moortgat, realized that the craft brewing business it had been building since 1989 was outgrowing its infrastructure and equipment, the company knew it needed to turn to automation to support its growth.


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Maintenance plans help save time, money, injuries down the line

Effective procedures important for all employees
July 16, 2014

Nearly all maintenance advice typically is aimed at one type of part or one specific procedure. Unfortunately, this results in many maintenance operations “not being able to see the forest through the trees.”


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Telematics software offers real-time solutions for beverage distributors

Tracking solutions coded for tablet, mobile connectivity
June 16, 2014

Because of GPS devices, drivers nowadays are used to being instructed to “turn right in 500 yards” or — for those a little more navigationally challenged — “make a legal U-turn when possible.” Beverage distributors are equipped with these advantages as well, but the latest telematics solutions offer some added perks to help drive efficiency, safety and more.


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5 key steps to risk management

Protect your fleet through driver training, scheduled vehicle maintenance
June 16, 2014

According to Merriam-Webster, risk is the possibility that something bad or unpleasant, such as an injury or a loss, will happen. The entity also defines management as the act or skill of controlling and making decisions about a business, department, sports team, etc.


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Carts and hand trucks help with ergonomic delivery

Delivery equipment flexes to accommodate varying packages
May 16, 2014

When it comes to beverage delivery, safety is a top concern. However, drivers also are interested in delivering more product in less time, says Kari Michalski, channel manager for Magline Inc., Standish, Mich.


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Mid-America Trucking Show focuses on safety, efficiency

Trucking companies highlight telematics solutions
May 16, 2014

Not much is certain in today’s world, but two things can be counted on as winter releases its icy grip on Louisville, Ky.


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DSD softwares helps managers uncover business insights

DSD hardware keeps sales reps, delivery personnel connected en route
April 16, 2014

In a recently completed survey of 250 companies with direct-store-delivery (DSD) operations, nearly two-thirds of respondents stated that their businesses are becoming more complicated, according to survey sponsor Intermec, an Everett, Wash.-based subsidiary of Honeywell Scanning and Mobility.


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Top tips for driver ergonomics

Ensuring that trucks fit the drivers
April 16, 2014

Although much thought is given to the care and maintenance of the mechanical equipment used in the beverage industry, far less attention is devoted to proper care of a distributor’s most important asset: the drivers who deliver finished products to the customers.


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Fleet managers turn to route optimization to cut delivery costs

Route optimization, tracking software boost distribution efficiency
March 14, 2014

Even though fuel costs have stabilized somewhat, few other items are immune from upward price trends, and competition shows no signs of letting up. With this in mind, it’s as important as ever for fleet managers to wring every penny possible out of delivery costs.


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Warehouses turning to automation for storage needs

SKU proliferation demands enhanced storage solutions
February 14, 2014

Although SKU proliferation is nothing new to the beverage industry, the phenomenon still is causing many warehouses to explore different ways to accommodate these growing product lines.


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Second Glass hosted Wine Riot in Chicago on May 2 and 3. Wine Riot offered attendees an all-access pass to hundreds of new wines as well as multiple educational sessions about different wine styles and varietals. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Crafting growth: A look into the bourgeoning craft beer market

Learn how the beer segment is performing and where it is heading, what to consider before expanding your markets and innovations that are captivating consumer audiences.

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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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