Industry Trends

Industry 4.0

While the term “Industry 4.0” is appearing more frequently both in mainstream media and on the minds of corporate leaders worldwide, its meaning—or its ultimate impact—aren’t well understood. To help companies gain a better grasp on the coming of the fourth industrial revolution, MHI Solutions sat down with Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group’s industrial ...

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Flexibility and Agility are Essential in an Omni-Channel Business Model

Consumer-centric” is the key to success in today’s omni-channel environment. As retailers strive to meet consumer demand for a seamless shopping experience across all channels—brick and mortar locations and online—the winners will be material handling professionals who understand the need for new approaches to distribution and fulfillment centers. “Over the past 10 or 15 years, we’ve seen traditional retailers add ...

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The Changing —and Challenging — Role of 3PL

Outsourced logistics services have shifted into overdrive. Also known as third-party logistics, or 3PL, market research firm Armstrong & Associates tags it as a $161.2 billion industry in the U.S. alone. It is a behemoth of an industry. According to Armstrong, revenues were up in 2015, thanks to lower fuel prices compared to the previous year. A number of mergers ...

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ProMat 2017 Preview

What does your supply chain need? Is it automation? A new process? A breakthrough technology to enhance efficiency? Find your “X” at ProMat, the manufacturing and supply chain industry’s largest trade event. At ProMat you’ll see the latest innovations from 850+ solution providers. You can also network with your peers and learn from industry thought leaders in keynotes and over ...

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Freight Transportation

Today’s transportation landscape has been infused with technological innovations that are both disruptive and ripe with possibilities. Driverless vehicles, 3D printing, cyber security advances, artificial intelligence and other developments will impact this industry in yet-to-be-seen ways. Ask those in the trenches now, however, and the current “trends” that come to mind are the everyday challenges: dealing with regulations, fuel prices ...

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The Healthcare Supply Chain

It doesn’t take much to uncover the biggest issues facing the healthcare sector. It’s likely something covered in today’s news. Price pressures have trickled down throughout the sector—leaving no aspect of the vast system, which accounted for 17 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2015, untouched. Skyrocketing costs and reductions in government reimbursements have created challenges throughout the ...

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Accelerating Real-World Supply Chain Solutions Through Collaboration

If the sharing economy came to supplier/vendor-customer relations, the speed of product development based on rapid information transfer would dramatically rise. The typical approach to research and discovery by those seeking a clear path towards a procurement decision is often built on existing relationships and less on spreading a wide net for thought leaders, and much less on collaboration opportunities. ...

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Consumer Electronics

Consumer electronics used to be limited to radio and TV, but in a few short decades, it has expanded to include computers, tablets, phones—and yes, that refrigerator. At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, attendees were able to see refrigerators that used a built-in camera to take pictures of its contents, or provided the capability to order groceries via an ...

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Industry Report Released

Connected. Intelligent. Scalable. Nimble. These are the words used to describe the anticipated outcome of the current transformation of traditionally linear supply chains in the third edition of MHI’s Annual Industry Report, “Accelerating change: How innovation is driving digital, always-on supply chains.” As evidenced by the title, the report examines the concept of the always-on supply chain, defined as: “An ...

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Fourth Annual MHI Innovation Awards Honors MODEX Exhibitor Products, Solutions in Three Categories

For the fourth year, MHI honors the most innovative products and solutions in our industry. At MODEX 2016 exhibitors were invited to submit entries in three different categories: Best New Innovation, Best Innovation of an Existing Product and Best IT Innovation. We received 95 entries between the three categories—an increase from 84 entrants at MODEX 2014. It’s a clear demonstration ...

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