Industry Trends

ProMat 2019

Find your suppy chain wow—ideas, networking, innovation, opportunity, advantages—at ProMat 2019 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, April 8-11. Read More…

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MHI News — Q2, 2019

MHI Names Daniel McKinnon Executive Vice President of Exhibitions and Events MH10 Subcommittees Issue Call for Membership MHI Announces Formation of New Robotics Industry Group MHI Solutions Magazine Wins MarCom Gold Award Three ANSI Standards on Industrial Shelving, Work Platforms and Ladders Released ANSI Standards ECMA 15-2018 and ECMA 35-2018 Approved for Release 300,000 Square Feet of Show Floor Reserved ...

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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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Productivity Increases When Robots Work Alongside People

Collaborative robotic technology is emerging as a tool for picking and other tasks, and the demand in this market is predicted to continue its exponential growth. * By Sheryl S. Jackson * The collaborative robot, or cobot, market is predicted to grow by more than 60 percent this year, according to research by Interact Analysis. The industry was worth less ...

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Technology Payoffs: The ROI for AI, IoT and Advanced Analytics

The supply chain industry has been relatively cautious in adopting technologies. But that’s changing. IoT and predictive analytics, in particular, are providing payoffs for early adopters. * By Mary Lou Jay * The supply chain industry has been relatively cautious in adopting technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics (AA) and artificial intelligence (AI). But that’s changing ...

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Women Speaking Up About the Gender Gap

Women are increasingly being heard in the supply chain industry, but there is still much progress to be made. * By Fiona Soltes * While interviewing with her current company more than 20 years back, Annette Danek happened to catch a glimpse of the person in charge of fulfillment in a corner office. She knew right then that it was ...

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Smartphones and the New Cybersecurity Threat They Pose

With the uptick in workforce mobility and access to corporate networks via smartphones comes increased exposure enterprise-wide to cybersecurity threats, including those that originate within the supply chain. * By Carol Miller * Remember when your mobile phone just made phone calls? Today, smartphones/mobile devices are owned by 77% of U.S. adults, according to Pew Research. With them, voice phone ...

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Q4 2018, MHI Solutions: Cybersecurity in Supply Chains

CEO UPDATE: Overcoming the Digital Risk of NextGen Supply Chains * By George W. Prest, Chief Executive Officer, MHI * Emerging technologies such as IIoT, robotics and artificial intelligence provide exciting opportunities for supply chains. They also mean an exponential growth in the amount of data these supply chains generate. When properly utilized, this data can provide crucial information to improve ...

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Cybersecurity Threats to Supply Chains in an IoT World

While we marvel at IoT technologies that have been implemented globally into the day-to-day operations of manufacturing and supply chain operations, we often quickly lose sight of the potential supply chain risks this tech adds to the equation. * By Doug Reed, MHI Executive Vice President of Strategic Development * While we marvel at internet of things (IoT) technologies that ...

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The Human Factor—The Strongest Line of Defense for Cybersecurity

Company employees as well as people who work for the company’s contractors and third-party suppliers often bear responsibility for cyberthefts, whether they’ve acted maliciously or inadvertently. * By Mary Lou Jay * When you hear that companies have suffered a cyber-related data or monetary loss, your immediate reaction may be to assume that the culprits were automated bots fielded by ...

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