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SOLUTIONS COMMUNITY: Focusing on Solutions for MHI Members, User Community

For MHI’s Solutions Community, there were no lazy days of summer, as the group continued its progress on several key projects. Chief among them is a partnership with the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) aimed at producing a series of white papers on important topics such as cybersecurity and Big Data for MHI members and the user community.

* By John Paxton, COO, MHI *

CICMHE, founded in 1952, is composed of 16 college and university educators, along with representatives from material handling equipment manufacturers, all focused on material handling education. Work on these papers is in the early stages, but the goal is to release them in the fourth quarter of 2018. The white papers will build upon the MHI Solutions Community’s informative presentations at the MHI Annual Conference last October, the spring meeting in March and MODEX last April.

At the Annual Conference, the Solutions Community sponsored two 90-minute roundtable discussions entitled “Implementing Industry 4.0” and “Exploring Sustainability,” and at the spring meeting, the group organized the first in a series of panel discussions for C Suite executives, this one focusing on the new federal tax laws and how chief financial officers can best prioritize capital expenditures. At MODEX, the group’s presentation was entitled “Top 10 Tips for Implementing a Fulfillment Warehouse,” with four members of the Solutions Community offering best practices for optimizing operations.

When the MHI Solutions Community was created in the spring of 2017, it represented the consolidation of the association’s Automated Solutions Group, Information Systems Solutions Group and Order Fulfillment Solutions Group into a single entity focused on engaging the user community and addressing problems affecting the material-handling and supply-chain industry. The MHI Solutions Community provides a centralized place to address the complex challenges of the user community instead of multiple groups working independently.
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This issue of MHI Solutions tackles the important topic of digital technologies in the supply chain industry, especially as it relates the transportation and logistics. Transportation plays a central role in supply chains, whether they are local or global enterprises. And just like the overall supply chain, transportation is facing a digital revolution including new solutions for tracking road, rail, sea and air freight and parcel transportation. These digital technologies are disrupting the industry, but they are also providing im-portant new solutions for transportation inefficiencies and urban logistics challenges. They are also creating new digital business models that enhance transparency and sustainability and contribute to end-to-end supply chain visibility. Like the innovations impacting supply chains, these trends are being driven by the growth of e-commerce and the consumers’ never-ending need for better, faster and cheaper. Ignoring them is done at your own peril.

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