Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Smart City Logistics and Home Delivery

Driverless vehicles or drones? Choices for home delivery methods are expanding, but there are challenges and new aspects to take into consideration. By Michael G. Kay— Given the rapid recent development of driverless vehicle technologies, it is interesting to speculate as to what their impact will be with respect to the last mile delivery of goods to homes in urban ...

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Goodwill in NC Looks to Adapt MHI CTE Textbooks

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont to integrate MHI’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program content. By Patrick Davison— With MHI and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont both located in Charlotte, NC, the two organizations have connected over their mutual objectives: Serving those who seek education and training to remove barriers to employment and operations throughout the supply chain ...

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Students Win Trip to Shadow Magic Johnson

The two MHI Student Days participants who won the raffle at ProMat 2017 to shadow NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson share behind-the-scenes observations about their adventure. By Delana Hopkins— An eagerly anticipated tradition during Student Days at ProMat and MODEX events, the Wednesday afternoon keynote speaker (typically a celebrity entrepreneur) spends time with the students and their instructors. Most recently ...

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Does the Skilled Labor Shortage Have You Down?

MHI, in partnership with Smart Workforce Strategies, published a white paper documenting the successes that supply chain companies and local schools have had with collaborations. By Patrick Davison— The skilled labor shortage phenomenon has been gaining traction in the news lately. A perfect storm of demographics and changes in educational initiatives are creating conditions where employers are having a difficult ...

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MODEX 2018 Preview

From April 9-12, the best supply chain solutions, the latest equipment and innovations and the smartest thinking will all be at MODEX 2018. Read more…

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MODEX Welcomes Inaugural Overhead Crane Safety Conference

Overhead crane safety tops the agenda as CMAA hosts its first safety conference at MODEX. By Brian Reaves— MODEX Welcomes The Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), an independent trade association affiliated with the Material Handling Industry (MHI), will host a one-day overhead crane safety-themed conference at next year’s MODEX show, which takes place 9-12 April 2018 at the Georgia ...

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MHI 2017 Executive Summit and Annual Conference

Photo collage of sessions, awards/recognition and networking events At the 2017 MHI Executive Summit and Annual Conference last October, attendees heard from industry visionaries including Jon Gordon (author of “The Energy Bus”), Randy Lewis (former SVP supply chain, Walgreens), David Roberts (GSP director, Singularity University), Susan O’Malley, former president of the Washington Wizards), and technology entrepreneur Josh Linkner. MHI Industry ...

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ECONOMIC MARKET ANALYSIS: 2018 Economic Outlook

2018 Economic Outlook: Growth Expectations and Policy Risks By Jason Schenker, CMT®, CFP®, ERP®, CVA®, Prestige Economics, LLC— There are many reasons to be optimistic about growth in the year ahead. Data in the latter half of 2017 were generally positive, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its global growth forecasts, and leading indicators—like global purchasing manager indices—were indicative of ...

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SAFER HANDLING: Electric Chain Hoists

Electric Chain Hoists Are a Safe, Ergonomic Solutions for Load Movement in Industrial Facilities By Jean Feingold— Electric chain hoists have been mass produced since the early 1900s to lift and lower items in industrial facilities. Even for a relatively low-weight item, say 10 pounds, it is beneficial to use a hoist to prevent operator fatigue if the lifting process ...

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FULFILLMENT UPDATE: Distribution Centers “Popping-Up” Closer

Distribution Centers “Popping-Up” Closer to the Customer to Meet eCommerce Demand By Katie Kuehner-Hebert— When it comes to ecommerce fulfillment, it’s all about location, location, location. And that location must deliver speed and agility. That’s why more and more retailers with ecommerce operations are augmenting their traditional larger distribution centers with “pop-up locations”—which can be temporary to handle orders during ...

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