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Do warehouses still need 8-hour work shifts?
By Ken Ackerman
Not long ago, the typical warehouse operated eight hours per day and five days per week. That was a normal business schedule, and nobody expected warehousing to be any different. Today, many distribution operations operate with a 24/7 schedule, and warehouses that work only 40 hours are increasingly rare.

Many managers worry the changes described above will be unpopular and even disruptive. Yet there is evidence that the majority of hourly workers would welcome a job that doesn't call for five eight-hour days. If you doubt this, ask the people working in your warehouse.
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Demand for warehousing to stay healthy
The Nation
Warehousing demand is expected to remain healthy until more than 500,000 square metres of new supply enters the market in the coming year, according to Knight Frank (Thailand) Co. "We believe warehouse rents will experience only slight growth as competition intensifies, especially in the strategic distribution locations between Laem Chabang Port and the main manufacturing clusters," said Marcus Burtenshaw, executive director for commercial agency.
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US corrugated and paperboard box demand to exceed $39 billion in 2018
Modern Materials Handling
Corrugated and paperboard box demand in the US is forecast to increase 2.6 percent per year to $39.4 billion in 2018, improving from the performance of the recession-impacted 2008-13 period. These are among the findings of the latest report from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. Titled "Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes," the report suggests box production volume will recover from declines of the past decade but will be moderated by the increased presence of lighter weight containerboard and pressures to reduce excess packaging.
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  Amazon unveils robot-driven warehouse for handling holiday orders
Venture Beat
Amazon revealed its latest-generation warehouse in time for Cyber Monday. The warehouse uses robotics, vision systems, and other high-end tech to speed up deliveries for its e-commerce customers. Seattle-based Amazon said its eighth-generation fulfillment center uses 20 years’ worth of software and mechanical innovations. The company plans to build 10 warehouses based on the technology that it has developed.
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Optimizing 3PL Relationships: How to avoid commoditization
Logistics Management
While shippers may generally be content with the reliability of their 3PL partners, new research indicates that there’s considerable concern about the value of long-term, strategic relationships. Industry analysts explain how innovation and a deeper commitment to collaboration will become the key differentiators in the 2015 marketplace.



10 tips for streamlining reverse logistics
ThomasNet
Efficiently managing damaged goods, expired products, and inventory returns can be challenging for shippers. Brian Crow, global marketing manager at chemical management services provider Rinchem Company Inc., offers the following recommendations for proactively and efficiently managing reverse logistics material flows, while significantly reducing costs.




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