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Material Handling Education Foundation Establishes Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) announces the establishment of the Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship Fund. Heddles, chairman and CEO of Tiffin Metal Products, Inc. and former member of the MHI Roundtable and Board of Governors, passed away on January 31, 2017, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He also served on the Board of Directors of MHEFI, most recently as its Last Retiring President.

During the MHI Industry Night event at ProMat 2017, MHI donated $35,700 in proceeds from the evening to establish the fund. The fund has been established as an endowment to be held in perpetuity by MHEFI and will be designated to award annual scholarships to undergraduate students (juniors or seniors) enrolled full-time in an eligible program at a qualified school in the United States. The number of scholarships awarded each year will depend on the size of the fund. The minimum award would be $1,500.

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According to the recently released 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Overcoming Barriers to NextGen Supply Chain Adoption,” eight out of ten survey respondents believe these supply chains will be the predominant model within just five years. However, the report found that the adoption of some of these technologies was slower than originally reported when MHI started the annual report in 2014. The report cites three top barriers to adoption of these technologies: 1. Making the business case for NextGen supply chain investments. 2. Tackling the supply chain skills gap and workforce shortage. 3. Building trust and security in digital, always-on supply chains. This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on the adoption of these digital solutions, from best practices in robotics and artificial intelligence to blockchain and innovations in last mile delivery.

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