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Inside MHI Q&A

The people who work at MHI and its WERC division are the gears that keep the association moving. 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 give readers ...

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Future-Proofing Warehouses: Upskilling for the AI Revolution

BY LINDSEY ROONEY, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, MHI Warehouses have long served as test labs for automation. In 1962, MHI member Demag installed the first automated storage and retrieval system at a book club warehouse in Germany. From there, innovation led to the complex Warehouse Management Systems that rule facilities today. As we careen into the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution, warehouse ...

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Tech and the Worker Experience

Feature More than ever, companies in material handling and supply chain are prioritizing improvements in worker safety and the overall worker experience. Investing in an arsenal of cutting-edge technology is a major strategy they are employing to keep workers safe, reduce the physical and mental toll of their jobs, transform training and empower workers by giving them a stronger voice ...

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Managing the Human-Tech Relationship in Supply Chains

Feature Organizations can gain more value from these collaborations when they understand the capabilities and limitations of the technology and of the people who work with it. BY MARY LOU JAY It’s been a milestone year for artificial intelligence (AI), with generative AI technology like ChatGPT, Google’s Bard and Bing Chat capturing the public’s attention and generating a great deal ...

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Building the Talent Pipeline

Feature Expanding the recruitment pool, upskilling and promoting the industry BY SHERYL S. JACKSON No industry is immune to today’s workforce challenges of recruiting and retaining qualified talent to fill positions today and in the future, so supply chain members are not alone. In the 2023 MHI Annual Industry Report, 57% of companies surveyed identified hiring and retaining workers and ...

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Mental Health Requires More Than Time Off

BY FIONA SOLTES If recent years have taught us anything, it’s that the business environment is ever-changing, and the ability to keep up depends on your ability to adapt and continuing to gain new expertise. But that’s not just about the latest technology or the smartest methodologies. These days, it also includes greater understanding of workers’ needs—including when it comes ...

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New Resources to Help Build Industry Knowledge

Experience three new opportunities to learn through access to research-driven industry information from WERC. BY MICHAEL MIKITKA, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF MHI’S KNOWLEDGE VALUE CENTER AND WERC Key to the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) is our mission to create unparalleled learning experiences, networking opportunities and access to research-driven industry information. To that end, I wanted to make sure you ...

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MHI's New Docuseries Introduces Viewers to the Supply Chain Jobs of Tomorrow

Feature Inaugural 12 episodes spotlighting the unique value and skills of material handling and supply chain jobs will air on MHIView. BY CAROL MILLER, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, MHI GROUND PICTURE/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM For decades, supply chains have clandestinely performed anonymously and unrecognized in spite of their criticality to delivering the goods and supplies we rely on to live our daily lives. As ...

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Building Out Your Net-Zero Team

Just like safety, productivity and other key business imperatives, reaching your net-zero emissions goals won’t happen without a dedicated team pulling together, and the best way to deploy your human capital will look different depending on the nature and size of your organization. Feature BY DAVID H. COBURN When Michelle Tarry joined American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) in 2013, her work ...

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Redefining Cross-Department Collaboration

Feature BY TOM GRESHAM G-STOCK STUDIO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM As supply chain organizations grow increasingly complex, many workers are serving in highly specialized roles. In that environment, the inclination can be to keep everyone operating in their lanes, focused on narrowly defined responsibilities. However, companies following that game plan will struggle to innovate, according to experts. Instead, they say, companies should choose a ...

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