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ILWU WORST NIGHTMARE : EUROPE SHOWS OFF THE FUTURE OF AUTOMATED PORTS

Published: 24 February 2015

A chance to see the future



Delegates attending TOC Europe in Rotterdam have the opportunity to tour a leading edge “fully automated” container terminal.




AMP Terminals new Maasvlakte II facility is one of the first two in the world to feature automated quayside operations, automated horizontal transport, and Automated Stacking Cranes.

The terminal’s STS cranes represent a new paradigm where the crane driver performs the fundamentally different role of supervising the automated crane operation from the comfort of a remote control room in an office environment using the ABB crane automation system. There is a great deal of interest in how this will work, both from a labour and a technology perspective.



The terminal also features battery powered zero emission Terex Gottwald Lift AGVs, with a fully automated battery changing station. The automated equipment is supported by an array of process automation systems, including STS crane OCR, all integrated with a new v…

THE POWER OF WALMART'S PRODUCE SECTION

Kohl's was made for Walmart's grocery customers




By George Anderson
FEBRUARY 27, 2015















While many retailers want their stores to be as far away from a Walmart Supercenter as possible, Kohl's probably wants to be in the very same shopping center. 





The reason, according to Pam Goodfellow, consumer insights director at Prosper Insights & Analytics, is that when consumers have finished up shopping for groceries at Walmart, they are most likely to head to Kohl's to buy clothing for their families.




In all, these Walmart shoppers spend up to $7 billion a year on clothing and a "good proportion" of that is going to Kohl's. Over the past decade, Ms. Goodfellow wrote on Forbes.com, the number of consumers that list Walmart as their primary destination for groceries has continued to grow, while those listing it as the main place they buy clothes has waned.




For example, the proportion of Walmart grocery shoppers who buy women's clothes at Kohl's has increased fro…