Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

WERC’s 47th Annual Conference Heads to Dallas in June 2024

The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), a division of MHI, has launched registration for its WERC Annual Conference. This in-person event is scheduled to take place June 2-5, 2024, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The conference is designed for warehousing, fulfillment and distribution center professionals at any stage of their career. With a central mission to inspire ...

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Annual Conference Sessions to Deliver Inspiration

With the theme “Inspiring Action,” WERC’s premier event features sessions about actions that inspire, and that inspire attendees to act. BY MICHAEL MIKITKA, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF MHI’S KNOWLEDGE VALUE CENTER AND WERC After the endless changes and challenges experienced throughout the supply chain over the past few years—and warehousing, distribution and logistics professionals’ constant pivoting to respond—WERC extends an invitation ...

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Empowering Middle Management to Promote DEI Initiatives

BY CHRISTY DULA, CHIEF EXPERIENCE & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, MHI When it comes to nearly all corporate initiatives, support from the upper levels is crucial to generate the momentum that drives successful achievement of a goal. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts likewise require the backing of top leaders. But, as it turns out, these efforts also require the support of ...

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Inside MHI

Hannah MeadRachel Picot The people who work at MHI and its WERC division are the gears that keep the association moving. They ensure MHI continues to be a valuable association and resource for people involved in the industry and do so with wit, competence and a smile on their face. The goal of this column in MHI Solutions is to ...

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MHI Announces Leadership Appointments for 2024

MHI recently announced their 2024 Board of Governors and Roundtable Advisory Committee. The Board of Governors consists of the Officers and Board Governors of MHI plus the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of the corporation. The Board of Governors serves as the Board of Directors for MHI. 2024 MHI Officers MHI Chair, Bryan Jensen, Chair & Executive Vice President, ...

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Redefining Innovation in Material Handling

The Role of OpenAI and ChatGPT in Fostering Creative Solutions BY MOHAMMAD MAYYAS, PH.D., STUDENT DAY ORGANIZER, MEMBER OF CICHME, PROFESSOR OF ROBOTICS ENGINEERING AT BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY OpenAI, established in December 2015 by a group including Elon Musk and Sam Altman, has become a key player in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Through a blend of sophisticated machine ...

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MHI Unveils New Website as Enhanced Resource for the Supply Chain Industry

MHI has launched a new website at MHI.org, marking a significant milestone in advancing its digital presence. The redesigned website delivers MHI members and all users an enhanced and responsive experience across all platforms and devices. Commenting on the launch, MHI Chief Technology and Digital Experience Officer Christy Dula said, “MHI’s new website reflects our commitment to providing a seamless ...

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Tech Is Empowering the Supply Chain Workforce

CEO Update The focus on technology in supply chains is undeniable. We are now a tech-forward industry that uses tech to make operations more efficient, transparent and sustainable than ever before. This tech adoption has put our industry at the center of innovation and productivity. But supply chains are run by people, and this human-centricity is the key to continued ...

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Bots, Automation and the COVID Effect

Executive Viewpoint BY JASON MINGHINI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS, KENCO GROUP Back before COVID, our company, Kenco Group, was making investments in robotics and automation. We had an AutoStore Robotics Shuttle system. We had LocusBots. But we were just slowly adopting the technology. With COVID, we learned what many others did: We had to accelerate its use. We had to ...

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