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In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Robert “Bob” Goosman August 2, 1929 – August 3, 2023 Material handling industry leader Robert “Bob” Goosman, passed away on August 3, 2023 at the age of 94. Goosman was born on August 2, 1929, grew up in Cincinnati and went to Purcell High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from February 1, 1951 ...

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Collaboration is Key for Supply Chain Sustainability

CEO Update To meet your supply chain sustainability goals, it’s important to look outside of your own walls. That’s because, on average, at least 80% of greenhouse gas emissions are produced in your supply chain. That means they are beyond your direct control and your business is only as sustainable as your weakest supplier. It’s safe to assume that not ...

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Workforce Sustainability: Viewing Employees Through a Fresh Lens

Executive Viewpoint BY EDDIE MURPHY, CEO, SPACEGUARD PRODUCTS I hear it often: “When it comes to employee retention, we’re all having the same issues. We’ve all struggled to attract and keep talent.” Many of us have gone through cultural rebranding. We’ve put in the time to define ourselves through sensible and measurable core competencies, and we have leadership that has ...

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Making the Case to the C-Suite for a New Warehouse Management System

MHI Solutions Community BY CHRISTIAN DOW, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP AND INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP, MHI If warehouse workers are constantly bumping into each other while navigating high-traffic aisles, then hiring more manpower likely would add to the chaos instead of boosting throughput. Likewise, moving into a bigger warehouse, a tremendous undertaking with a hefty cost, is no quick fix for businesses ...

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Easing Inflation and Slowing Growth Seen as 2023 Closes

BY JASON SCHENKER, PRESIDENT OF PRESTIGE ECONOMICS, CHAIRMAN OF THE FUTURIST INSTITUTE® The economic outlook for the end of 2023 is mixed. Global growth data has weakened, while data in the United States has remained resilient. Global GDP growth and manufacturing have slowed. But the U.S. labor market has been relatively resilient even though U.S. manufacturing has slowed. The U.S. economy ...

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No Matter the Load, Worker Training is a Priority for Hoist Equipment Makers

Safer Handling BY TOM GRESHAM The hoist equipment that falls under the umbrella of the Hoist Manufacturers Institute, an independent trade association affiliated with MHI, covers a wide spectrum of lifting needs—from smaller hoists with capacities of up to two tons to higher-capacity hoists that can lift up to 250 tons and above. Still, no matter the lifting requirements, the training ...

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Sustainability Practices in Manufacturing Makes Good Business Sense, Say CSS Members

Solutions Spotlight BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT Everyone is focusing on sustainability these days, including the manufacturers of conveyor and sortation systems. Members of MHI’s Conveyor and Sortation Systems (CSS) industry group are making their products—and operations—more sustainable. It’s good for all stakeholders, including their customers and end-users—as well as for the good of the planet overall. MHI member Hytrol Conveyor Co. ...

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Developing Smarter Lift Tables, Tilters and Other Lift Equipment

Product Spotlight BY NICK FORTUNA Back in the day, most lift tables, scissor lifts and tilters came with just a single control: a button or switch allowing the user to move the equipment up or down. These days, however, manufacturers and distributors are demanding smarter lift equipment that integrates with other material-handling products to increase efficiency and reduce labor costs. ...

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Balancing Demand and Capacity to Meet Customer Expectations

Where Are They Now? Catching Up with an MHEFI Scholarship Recipient WILL BLACK, CAPACITY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, MERCEDES BENZ Consumers expect fast service—at their favorite restaurants, in retail shops, and especially from the service department of their car dealership. The expectation for quick turnaround on service and repairs is what makes Will Black’s job both rewarding and challenging. When he graduated ...

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Q&A: Maurice Rahman, Katie Dean

Inside MHI The people who work at MHI and its WERC division are the gears that keep the association rolling. 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 magazine is to ...

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