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Supply Chain Investment Growth in Technologies That Empower Human Workforce

The 11th edition of the MHI Annual Industry Report found increased investment in human-centric, collaborative technologies that empower workers to be more productive and make better decisions. BY SARA PEARSON SPECTER Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation have dominated the supply chain technology adoption conversation over the past year. Recognition of their ability to enhance resilience amid unpredictability and improve ...

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Four Companies Honored For Supply Chain Innovations With Transformative Potential

The 12th Annual MHI Innovation Awards saw strong entries across four categories, including the inaugural Best Innovation in Sustainability competition, at MODEX 2024. BY GREG BAER, DIRECTOR OF SALES, MHI Of the hundreds of solutions that filled all three of the Georgia World Congress Center’s exhibition halls during MODEX 2024, four supply chain and material handling solutions stood out among ...

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Mexico Rising

Pandemic-era bottlenecks, soaring geopolitical tensions and other factors have ushered in a new era of globalization as manufacturers bring production closer to where their products will be consumed and create lower-cost, more resilient supply chains. South of the U.S. border, Mexico’s nearshoring boom presents a treasure trove of opportunities as demand for material handling and logistics solutions grows. BY DAVID ...

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Mexico’s Nearshoring Numbers

By the Numbers No. 1 Mexico’s standing as the leading source of U.S. imports after overtaking China in 2023 $475 billion Value of goods imported into the U.S. from Mexico last year $798 billion Total value of U.S.-Mexico trade, making Mexico the largest trading partner of the U.S. $36 billion Foreign direct investment in Mexico in 2023 $300 billion Value ...

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How AI Optimizes Supply Chain Decision Making

Feature BY MARY LOU JAY Sci-fi films may portray artificial intelligence (AI) as a threat to humanity, but in the real world of supply chain, AI provides many benefits to the humans who interact with it. As a powerful decision-making tool, AI helps workers be more effective and more productive. The term AI encompasses many related technologies, including machine learning ...

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The Relentless Rise of Cybercrime

Feature Safeguarding Your Company from Ransomware and Cyberattacks BY NICK FORTUNA At the MHI Cybersecurity Workshop, business executives will witness the debilitating effects of a successful ransomware attack on a material-handling company, but thankfully, they won’t feel any of the pain. Cybersecurity experts Chris Finan and Robert Knake will lead a tabletop exercise simulating a cyberattack and a fictional company’s ...

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MHI Powers Largest MODEX In Event’s History

MHI’s MODEX 2024 saw a record-shattering number of registered manufacturing and supply chain professionals, reaching a total of 48,733. The event, held March 11-14 in Atlanta, saw attendees engaged with 1,200 exhibitors showcasing the latest supply chain technology and innovation across three halls and 580,000 net square feet at the Georgia World Congress Center. This was the largest MODEX event ...

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MHI Receives Record Number of Award Submissions

MHI received 193 submissions for this year’s Innovation Award. Finalists were chosen as the most innovative products in each category based on concept, value and impact, including the inaugural Best Innovation in Sustainability category. The MHI Innovation Award serves to educate and provide valuable insights on the latest manufacturing and supply chain products and services to MODEX attendees. MODEX 2024 ...

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Food and Beverage Field Is Ready to Adopt a Growth Mindset

Industry Focus BY TOM GRESHAM The food and beverage industry is a complex one. In the words of Bobby J. Martens, associate professor of economics at Iowa State University, “Food is both global and uniquely local and personal.” It also carries with it distinctive demands that are fast evolving in a rapidly changing world, and the supply chain is at ...

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