Industry Trends

Tech Is Empowering the Supply Chain Workforce

CEO Update The focus on technology in supply chains is undeniable. We are now a tech-forward industry that uses tech to make operations more efficient, transparent and sustainable than ever before. This tech adoption has put our industry at the center of innovation and productivity. But supply chains are run by people, and this human-centricity is the key to continued ...

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Predictive Maintenance Can Maximize Uptime to Unlock a Facility’s Potential

BY CHRISTIAN DOW, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP, MHI If you’ve ever noticed that your car gets substantially worse mileage per gallon than was advertised at the dealership, then you understand why predictive and preventative maintenance are so essential to warehouse operations. In the past, warehouses and distribution centers would rely upon scheduled and reactive maintenance to keep equipment humming, ...

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Reshoring on the Rise: Manufacturing Returns to the U.S.

Feature Spurred by a desire for greater supply chain resilience, companies are increasingly reshoring and investing in new and updated manufacturing operations in North America. BY SARA PEARSON SPECTER For the past decade, global management consulting firm Kearney has produced an annual Reshoring Index report to uncover the mindset of top U.S. executives surrounding reshoring. This year—for the first time—the ...

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The Reshoring Rebound

BY THE NUMBERS   According to Kearney’s annual Reshoring Index, U.S. gross manufacturing output rose at a faster pace than the U.S. manufacturing imports from 14 Asian low-cost countries and regions, resulting in a positive score. The U.S. manufacturing import ratio was as follows:     The Kearney Reshoring Index found that, among the CEOs surveyed: 96% report they are evaluating ...

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Developing Smarter Lift Tables, Tilters and Other Lift Equipment

Product Spotlight BY NICK FORTUNA Back in the day, most lift tables, scissor lifts and tilters came with just a single control: a button or switch allowing the user to move the equipment up or down. These days, however, manufacturers and distributors are demanding smarter lift equipment that integrates with other material-handling products to increase efficiency and reduce labor costs. ...

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Challenges Continue for the Retail Industry

Industry Focus The retail supply chain has weathered a major transition jumpstarted by COVID. But what’s next? BY TOM GRESHAM Like many industries, retail experienced a major transition during the COVID-19 pandemic as its customers’ shopping preferences and behaviors underwent radical changes. Now, the industry is weighing what the lessons of the pandemic were—and what should come next. For retailers, ...

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New Approaches to Last-Mile Deliveries

Feature BY MARY LOU JAY Over the last few years, the definition of last-mile delivery has been expanded to encompass many different methods of getting goods to customers. These include delivery services dropping off packages at front doors, the white glove unboxing of large items like furniture inside a home, consumer pickups from lockers, curbside or retail store locations and ...

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Bridging the Gaps: End-To-End Supply Chain Visibility

Feature End-to-end supply chain visibility increasingly is seen as the means to achieving critical business goals, from boosting operational efficiency and the bottom line to meeting sustainability targets and building the resilience needed to weather future disruptions. Collaboration with supply chain partners and ‘data democracy’ are key prerequisites. BY DAVID COBURN When Bill Wappler thinks about the current state of ...

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Supply Chain Visibility

By The Numbers Accenture considers two forms of visibility. Structural visibility is achieved through supply chain mapping, classic risk management, network assessment and modeling. Dynamic visibility is gained through monitoring of the supply chain in real time, leveraging predictive and prescriptive capabilities to gauge and avert potential supply chain disruptions, and autonomous execution utilizing artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic ...

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