Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Solving the Supply Chain Technician Shortage

Industry working with educators can fill the pipeline Supply chain technicians and mechanics are estimated to number nearly 2.4 million in the U.S. By 2025, this number will grow by 11 percent. In addition to the new growth, companies are expected to replace about 22 percent of members of their current supply chain technician workforce—creating about 770,000 total technician-level job ...

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Millennials Are a Good Fit for Supply Chain Jobs

Members of the millennial generation looking for their perfect jobs might craft an advertisement something like this: Employment wanted: Position must be challenging with multiple possibilities for growth and new experiences. Job should involve technology, have a global focus and include opportunities for making a positive contribution to society and/or protecting the environment. Although the youthful job seekers might not ...

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CTE’s Fundamentals of Warehousing & Distribution

Curriculum Utilized in Pennsylvania Correctional Institution Vocational Programs While you probably know that MHI’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program, which includes the four Fundamentals of Warehousing and Distribution textbooks, has been adopted nationwide by multiple high schools, community colleges and technical schools, you might be surprised to discover that our second adopter of the program was the Pennsylvania Department ...

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Last Mile Delivery Technology Trends

If you pay attention to media headlines, you might think that airborne drones, autonomous, self-driving vehicles or crowd-sourced private vehicle owners will be delivering your online purchases to your doorstep within the next few months. Practically daily there are announcements of new developments and investments in these technologies and services from all segments of the market. Among them: Retailers Amazon ...

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Industry 4.0

While the term “Industry 4.0” is appearing more frequently both in mainstream media and on the minds of corporate leaders worldwide, its meaning—or its ultimate impact—aren’t well understood. To help companies gain a better grasp on the coming of the fourth industrial revolution, MHI Solutions sat down with Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group’s industrial ...

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Flexibility and Agility are Essential in an Omni-Channel Business Model

Consumer-centric” is the key to success in today’s omni-channel environment. As retailers strive to meet consumer demand for a seamless shopping experience across all channels—brick and mortar locations and online—the winners will be material handling professionals who understand the need for new approaches to distribution and fulfillment centers. “Over the past 10 or 15 years, we’ve seen traditional retailers add ...

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Big Data and Automating Processes with Suppliers

In these days of rapidly advancing technology, Big Data can be seen one of two ways: as a vehicle for simplification or the speed bump that makes things more complex. The difference? In terms of the supply chain, the experts say it’s understanding big data’s new business case, using it to automate processes and discover end-to-end supply chain visibility and ...

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The Power of Purple

Wayne Eckerson, founder of the Eckerson Group, is credited with coining the term “purple people” back in 2010. Last year, in an article,* Eckerson wrote about the yawning gulf between business (blue) and information technology (red) groups in most organizations. He said that successful leaders—the purple people—not only know how to talk the language of both camps and but also ...

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Collaboration with Other Associations Strengthens MHI CTE’s Mission to Train the Workforce of the Future

In addition to creating the four Fundamentals of Warehousing and Distribution textbooks that support educators and enhance curriculum in high schools, community colleges, technical schools, correctional institutions and other training programs, MHI’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program has a long history of collaborating with other industry associations and organizations to advance professional development and certifications. Among our most frequent ...

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The Talent Crisis

Most will agree that the shortage of talent is impacting supply chains. The field can’t find drivers, can’t find pickers, can’t find managers—just plain can’t find the talent needed to keep systems running. For some, the answer is simple: do what we do best, create a supply chain. Yes, human resources is a supply chain, or at least it had ...

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