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6th Annual MHI Innovation Awards Honor Cutting-Edge Solutions in Three Categories

By Greg Baer, MHI Director of Sales

For the sixth year, MHI honored the MODEX exhibitors deemed by an expert panel of industry insiders to have created the most innovative products and solutions in our industry. Prior to MODEX in April, exhibitors were invited to submit entries in three different categories: Best New Innovation, Best Innovation of an Existing Product and Best IT Innovation.

MHI received 111 total submissions spread across the three categories—an increase from 95 entrants at MODEX 2016—and each one could have qualified as a finalist. MODEX exhibitors are clearly dedicated to continuous improvement of the industry that makes supply chains work. Indeed, every year the MHI Innovation Awards judging committee notes how amazed they are by the innovative solutions brought by exhibitors to the show floor that are destined to shape and disrupt today’s supply chains.

To narrow each category down to four finalists prior to the show, the submissions were judged by a committee of five volunteer judges representing The Home Depot, Mohawk Industries, Champion Petfoods, Group Deschenes, and 3M. On Monday at MODEX, finalists’ exhibits were visited in person by the judges who selected the winners based on their ability to deliver quantifiable and sustainable return on investment (ROI), cost savings and customer satisfaction.

Awards were presented to the winning products and technologies on Wednesday during MHI Industry Night with Jim Gaffigan, ensuring attendees had plenty of time to visit the 12 finalists and check out the entries during the first three days of the show.

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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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