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Q3 2019, MHI Solutions: Supply Chain Innovation

CEO UPDATE: The Time to Invest in Supply Chain Innovation Is Now

* By George W. Prest, Chief Executive Officer, MHI  *

Investment in supply chain innovation is at a critical inflection point, with a trend of declining investment from 2015 to 2018 being more than countered by a 95% increase in projected spending for 2019, according to the 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Elevating Supply Chain Digital Consciousness.”

Anyone who attended ProMat 2019 can attest to this. The energy level among visitors and exhibitors was at an all-time high as more attendees were actively seeking best-in-class solutions for their manufacturing and supply chain operations.

The technologies on display at ProMat are having a dramatic business impact on supply chains and the people who run them. They are also creating increased pressure on supply chain teams to identify, test and implement the best solutions for their operations.

The report cites five top technologies that are disrupting supply chains and creating competitive advantage:

  • Robotics and Automation
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Autonomous Vehicles & Drones

This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on the adoption of these and other digital solutions from best practices in robotics and artificial intelligence to getting your supply chain data house in order to measuring and tracking your Supply Chain Digital Consciousness Index or DCI.

While implementing digital innovations into supply chains is complex, inaction is not a strategy. In fact, as the pace of supply chain innovation escalates, so does the price of inaction. In this new digital era, leaders will outpace their competitors faster than ever before.

A great way to stay at the forefront of these innovations is to attend the 2019 MHI Annual Conference, October 13-16 in Palm Springs, CA. The conference topics mirror those of this year’s Annual Industry Report.

Attending is also a great opportunity to collaborate with solution providers while exchanging ideas with your peers on the most important issues and trends impacting our industry. See pages 67-73 for more information on this event.

I also encourage you to download the 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report at and use it to access your Supply Chain DCI.

I hope this issue of MHI Solutions helps provide the information and resources you need to help your supply chain team make better and more informed decisions regarding the supply chain technologies available to help you compete in this new digital era.

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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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