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Women in the Supply Chain Are Embracing Its Opportunities

Women in the Supply Chain Are Embracing Its Opportunities * By Maria Leggett, MHI Director of Education * In April, Gartner released its fourth annual report on women in supply chain, produced with Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education (AWESOME). Among its findings, more supply chain organizations have been setting goals and launching initiatives specifically to ...

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What’s Your Level of “Supply Chain Digital Consciousness”?

What’s Your Level of “Supply Chain Digital Consciousness”? Sixth MHI Annual Industry Report Explores Stages, Growth of Digital Technology Adoption MHISolutionsmag.com—The sixth MHI Annual Industry Report explores the stages and growth of digital technology adoption and, new this year, includes a self-assessment tool for measuring your supply chain digital consciousness index (DCI). * By Carol Miller * After six consecutive ...

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Competing in the Age of AI-centric Supply Chains

Competing in the Age of AI-centric Supply Chains Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ultimate evolution of business intelligence and analytics as it uses data to generate smart insights. At the same time, it gets smarter by learning from patterns, behaviors and feedback from various digital and human interfaces. * By Mary Lou Jay * Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ultimate ...

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Flexible Automation, Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles in Warehousing

Flexible Automation, Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles in Warehousing Interest in automatic solutions is rising and there’s a perception that this is where the industry is headed. But questions about ROI, applications and integration are slowing down adoption. * By Fiona Soltes * Robotics, flexible automation, autonomous vehicles and the like are no longer just something “everyone else” must be doing. ...

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Confront Barriers to Innovation to Keep Pace with Innovation

Confront Barriers to Innovation to Keep Pace with Innovation Manufacturing and supply chain operations continue to invest heavily in innovation, but even the most successful companies are still struggling to understand how and when to adopt them. * By Tom Gresham * Interest in next-generation supply chain innovations has never been higher. However, barriers to innovation are keeping some organizations ...

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Turning Pressure Into Inspiration

Turning Pressure Into Inspiration Pressures on the supply chain have changed over the years. It is partially because of these pressures that the supply chain industry has evolved as much as it has—and continues to do so. * By Sheryl S. Jackson * Remember when taking inventory meant manually counting everything in the warehouse? Or, when fast delivery was counted ...

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Data Quality and Timeliness Drive Better Supply Chain Decisions

Data Quality and Timeliness Drive Better Supply Chain Decisions High-quality supply chain infrastructure engines need high-quality, timely data for best performance, but more doesn’t always mean better. * By Mike Ogle * Shipments for production, distribution or sale must be the right stuff, at the right place, at the right time, in the right condition, with the right information. Simple ...

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Teaching the Workforce of the Future About Cool Supply Chain Opportunities

Teaching the Workforce of the Future About Cool Supply Chain Opportunities Eleven educators provide insight into communicating the virtually limitless possibilities the supply chain field offers to students at all levels by answering the questions of “why” and “how.” * By Doug Reed * Educators interface with the workforce of the future regularly—recruiting young people to their classrooms and curriculum, ...

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Industry Focus—Health Care

Industry Focus—Health Care Many are looking to the supply chain for solutions to the health care industry’s challenges, including rising health care costs and dropping hospital profit margins. * By Sandy Smith * Sometime in early 2020, Obamacare will turn 10. But that does not mean anyone is finished talking about health care—or health care reform. In recent months, there ...

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Higher Education: From Student to “You’re Hired”

From Student to “You’re Hired” ProMat 2019 Student Days provided real-world opportunities and even jobs during this record-setting event. * By Maria Leggett * Imagine going from university student to supply chain employee at one of the hottest 100 retailers in a matter of two days. That was Libby Weaver’s experience when she attended the annual Student Days event at ...

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