Industry Trends

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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MHI News — Q3, 2019

New Report Highlights Technologies Driving Digital Supply Chains Material Handling Education Foundation Announces Call for Nominations for 2019 Awards MODEX 2018 Honored with TSE, TSNN Awards MHEFI Announces Scholarships for 2019-2020 MHI Announces Winners of 2019 MHI Innovation Awards ProGMA Pioneers Pick Module Safety MHI Solutions Community Partners with CICMHE to Release White Paper LODEM Group Releases Dock Planning 101 ...

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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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Educating Students for Supply Chain Success

U.S. graduate and undergraduate supply chain programs are adapting their curriculums and introducing new programs to meet industry needs and offer real-life experiences. * By Mary Lou Jay * What skills do companies look for when hiring an early-career supply chain professional? Beyond a basic knowledge of the industry, desirable characteristics include technical and analytical abilities, problem-solving experience, good soft ...

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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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Humans + Machines = Exponential Improvements

Robotics and other types of advanced technology not only can serve to improve the efficiency and productivity of supply chain operations but can “supercharge” the productivity of workers. * By Tom Gresham * When MHI member Vecna Robotics first went to a FedEx facility to introduce its robots there, a worker reacted less than enthusiastically to the arrival of the ...

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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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2019 MHI Innovation Award Finalists

MHI released the list of finalists for the 2019 MHI Innovation Award. After receiving 108 submissions for this year’s awards, judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry completed the initial vetting process. Four finalists were chosen as the most innovative products in each category – Best New Innovation; Best Innovation of an Existing Product; and ...

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