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MODEX 2022 Preview

MODEX 2022 allows you to make new contacts, discover cutting-edge solutions and learn the latest trends that are sure to give you a leg up on the competition. Here, you’ll encounter the best our industry has to offer.

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Building Smarter, More Secure Supply Chains

Digital supply chains have been the central theme over the last nine MHI Annual Industry Reports. To thrive, companies are investing in the digital technologies and embracing innovation to make their supply chains faster, more efficient, more transparent, and more sustainable.

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Taking Sustainability Down the Supply Chain

Feature Realizing ESG goals and science-based emission reduction targets takes commitment and cooperation along the full length of the supply chain. BY MARY LOU JAY DOME LIFETHIBAAN/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Moving toward more sustainable operations is no longer an option for corporate supply chains—it’s a necessity. Although restructuring supply chains to make them more sustainable can cause some short-term pain points for businesses, ...

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Green Initiatives Support Both Corporate and Customer Sustainability Goals

WERC Matters BY MICHAEL MIKITKA, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF MHI’S KNOWLEDGE VALUE CENTER AND WERC As global warming continues and world leaders negotiate regulations to minimize the damage humans have inflicted on Earth, multiple global corporations have already established sustainability initiatives that support internal goals, as well as those of their customers. Three such companies include third-party logistics (3PL) services ...

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Future-Ready Capabilities for the Industrial Distribution Workforce

Higher Education BY DR. MALINI NATARAJARATHINAM, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTION, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY IURII MOTOV/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM The future of our work environment is going to be highly influenced by several technological advancements such as automation, artificial intelligence (AI), robots, big data and data analysis. These significant technological changes are referred to as “Industry 4.0” or the Fourth Industrial ...

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Building Resilience Makes Us All Winners

Education BY MARIA LEGGETT, MHI DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION Recently, an executive for a global material handling company shared a story with me about his daughter. She had attended a week-long camp that culminated with an awards ceremony. Her prize for the week was the award of being the most resilient. Thrilled with the prize, she excitedly displayed it to her ...

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How to Change Company Culture: Insights from MHI Members

BY CHRISTIAN DOW, MHI EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP AND INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP Organizational culture is increasingly recognized as a strategic and competitive advantage, both for operational performance and to attract the best talent. According to McKinsey & Company, culture “is the common set of behaviors and underlying mindsets and beliefs that shape how people work and interact.” It matters, note ...

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Port and Intermodal Freight Disruptions Continue to Impact Supply Chains

Industry Focus Widespread Supply Chain Congestion Has Practitioners Looking at New Practices to Ease Delays BY TOM GRESHAM POTOWIZARD/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Ships sit for days offshore as they wait for an open berth at their destination port. Terminals and warehouses are stacked with containers with no one to pick them up. Shippers get turned away for service by overwhelmed, understaffed carriers. The ...

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E-commerce Packaging Options Support Sustainability Goals

Feature With end consumers more aware of the environmental impact of online shopping and the tremendous amount of packaging waste it creates, manufacturers and suppliers are responding with a variety of design and material innovations. BY SARA PEARSON SPECTER PHOTO: STOROPACK Consumers who embraced the necessity of shopping online in 2020 due to the pandemic have continued to do so ...

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