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ProMat 2019 Coverage

ProMat 2019 Coverage Did you find your wow? Networking, ideas, opportunities, innovations and advantages were shared at ProMat 2019 in Chicago, which was the largest expo in ProMat’s 34-year history with nearly 50,000 manufacturing and supply chain executives in attendance. * By MHI Staff * Manufacturing and supply chain professionals gathered in record numbers in Chicago for ProMat 2019, the ...

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Q2 2019, MHI Solutions: Finding Your Supply Chain Superheroes

CEO UPDATE: Building a Digital Supply Chain Workforce * By George W. Prest, Chief Executive Officer, MHI  * One issue has been the common thread over the last six annual industry reports MHI has released with Deloitte over the same number of years—the supply chain workforce. So, it is no surprise that, according to the newly released 2019 MHI Annual ...

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Spread the Word: Supply Chain IS Cool

Changing the perception of supply chain—and the types of careers within the industry—is essential to successfully attracting and retaining the workforce of the future. * By Carol Miller * Changing the perception of supply chain—and the types of careers within the industry—is essential to successfully attracting and retaining the workforce of the future. This much is both clear and universally ...

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The Supply Chain Shift Toward Technology

Companies exploring ways to combat workforce shortages are finding that technology is impacting their workforce talent strategies. * By Doug Reed * Last December, The Conference Board—a think tank sharing insights about future developments and issues facing business among top executives in multiple industries—released a report detailing why blue-collar workers are now scarcer than white-collar workers. The findings confirm the ...

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Outsource or In-House? How, When and Why 3PLs Are Selected

Retailers and manufacturers are evaluating the pros and cons of handling tasks in-house versus outsourcing to a third-party logistics partner. * By Sheryl S. Jackson * As retailers and manufacturers strive to meet fulfillment and distribution challenges in today’s Amazon-led competitive e-commerce market, companies must evaluate the pros and cons of handling these tasks in-house versus outsourcing to a third-party ...

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Background Checks: What’s Acceptable vs. What’s Considered ‘Murky’

Businesses are encouraged to be sensitive to privacy rights and issue during background checks, but where is the line? By Fiona Soltes Today’s tight job market creates all sorts of challenges—including the issue of background checks. Include them, and possibly scare off otherwise suitable candidates? Avoid them, and risk a problematic hire? And what of the often murky waters of ...

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VR Training Finding Its Niche in Supply Chains

Because it provides a safe, yet highly realistic, environment in which to train employees, virtual reality training is increasingly being embraced within supply chains. * By Morgan Pettrone * Because it provides a safe yet highly realistic environment in which to train employees—particularly those learning to safely execute potentially dangerous tasks—virtual reality (VR) training is increasingly being embraced within specific ...

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INDUSTRY FOCUS: Automotive

Most breakthroughs in the automotive industry impact the material handling side of this industry, but some trends have a more direct impact—such as sensors and self-driving options. * By Sandy Smith * There is no doubt that the automotive industry is shifting gears—and quite dramatically. At year’s end, a number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) announced significant changes in their ...

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Q1 2019, MHI Solutions: DATA-DRIVEN SUPPLY CHAINS

CEO UPDATE: Data-Driven Supply Chains—Risk Versus Big Reward * By George W. Prest, Chief Executive Officer, MHI  * We can all agree that the risk of becoming a technology laggard is fraught with peril. From the famous Kodak story to more recent examples like Borders, Blockbuster and Toys “R” Us, there are many cases of major brands that failed because ...

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NextGen Technologies in Action

Next generation (NextGen) technologies are being explored for their potential to bring competitive advantage to supply chains as companies cope with the leading operational challenges of increasing customer demands and a shortage of qualified workers. * By Carol Miller * As covered in the fifth annual MHI Annual Industry Report—released at MODEX 2018 last April—11 different next generation (NextGen) technologies ...

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