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Q1 2021 MHI Solutions: The Age of Robotics and Automation in the Supply Chain

Merging these robotics and automated solutions with other digital technologies like IoT, AI, advanced analytics, AR/VR and cloud computing grows the resiliency firms need and builds in the visibility necessary to deliver on ever-changing consumer demands as well as mitigating future shocks. This issue of MHI Solutions tackles this important topic to help you answer these questions with best practices, ...

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The New Age of Supply Chain Automation

By John Paxton, CEO, MHI The pandemic has thrown many challenges into supply chains, and rarely have leaders faced such complex and changing conditions. What COVID-19 revealed is that many supply chains grew brittle in their decades-long quest for cost-savings while others that invested in emerging technologies and risk-planning proved to be agile and resilient enough to survive, and even ...

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Supply Chain Winners

The organizations whose supply chains were aggressive about pre-pandemic investments in the digital technologies that enable them to serve e-commerce customers prove to be the most successful at weathering the coronavirus storm. By Carol Miller Expectations were low among financial analysts in the summer of 2020. Just prior to the release of second quarter results from multiple companies, predictions were ...

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The Accelerating Adoption of Robotics and Automation

Proactive adoption strategies for robotics, automation and intelligent transportation management solutions for the supply chain providing greater operational resilience. By Mary Lou Jay There’s little downtime these days at companies that provide robotics, automation and intelligent transportation management solutions for the supply chain. Since the pandemic hit, they’ve been flooded with requests for their products. David Clear, chief revenue officer ...

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By the Numbers: Robotics

Key figures from the International Federation of Robotics’ World Robotics Report 2020 and the 2020 MHI Annual Industry Report highlight robotics from a regional and global perspective and from a supply chain standpoint. Read More…

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Look Ma, No Hands!

Can you imagine a future where technology allows your employees to manipulate machines with their brain waves instead of manual controls or a keyboard? It might not be as far off as you think. By David Coburn Emerging technologies always draw their fair share of naysayers and skeptics—no doubt there were those who sniffed when the first powered forklift was ...

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Pandemic Spurs Supply Chain Reset

Digital technologies mitigate risk, allowing organizations to focus on better inventory management, planning for disruptions, future growth and other operational concerns. By Sara Pearson Specter The coronavirus lockdowns revealed shortcomings in many supply chains: cutting off supplies of raw materials and components; impacting labor with social distancing guidelines; increasing online consumer buying habits. As a result, many organizations’ supply chains ...

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Supply Chain Mapping Importance Emerges During Pandemic

The supply chain industry experienced some “ah-ha” moments throughout the pandemic, one of them being the lack of insight into all levels of suppliers. By Sheryl S. Jackson The effects of a worldwide pandemic accelerated a number of changes in the way that companies do business. Businesses that previously would not allow employees to work from home discovered that it ...

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‘The Sky Is the Limit’

Companies look to innovative solutions as pressure intensifies in the last mile of deliveries. Automation and robotics are receiving heavy investment and research, and offer some of the most promising possibilities. By Tom Gresham Increasing efficiency in the final mile of delivery has become an obsession in the supply chain logistics field as companies explore an array of solutions to ...

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The Rise of the Collaborative Superteam

Why “Humans + Automation + AI = The New Supply Chain Workforce” is the optimal formula for operational success. By Sara Pearson Specter Multiple surveys have confirmed that—as a result of COVID-19—companies worldwide are accelerating their investments in digital technologies as a means to better anticipate and forestall future disruptions. KPMG’s 2020 CEO Outlook, for example, found that 74% are ...

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