Industry Trends

Supply Chain Optimization

Driverless vehicles, drones, 3-D printing and wearable technology certainly beckon for supply chains. But before moving on to the latest in whiz-bang gadgetry, a stabilizing question: Just how “optimized” are your network and inventories first? If you’re missing the connection, the recent 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report spoke of numerous emerging technologies expected to transform traditional supply chain models in ...

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The Automotive Industry

In the U.S. and international auto industry, the wheels are spinning. That cliché takes on multiple meanings in today’s automotive manufacturing sector. There are the new ideas that come from a technological revolution and infotainment that is common place in today’s vehicles. Then there’s the lack of traction that comes when pressure from regulators— pushing for more fuel efficiency and ...

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Transforming Your Supply Chain

Perhaps this article caught your eye because your supply chain strategy is not generating the results you expect and need, or perhaps it’s because you know that you need to completely transform your supply chain. Perhaps your supply chain routinely fails to deliver products on time and manage inventory and cost to the right levels. Maybe you realize that the ...

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What the Roadmap Has Taught Me This Year

No doubt about it. The past year has been a huge one for the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. Not only was it published and made available at www.mhlroadmap.org, but the Roadmap went on a tour of its own—coast to coast and internationally. Some of the cities it has visited include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Trenton, Louisville ...

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Solution Group Update: Two New MHI Solution Groups Provide Resources and Networking

This year, MHI is kicking off two Solution Groups—Automation Alliance (AA) and Information Systems (IS)—as part of the association’s effort to tout more holistic solutions to end-users by positioning MHI and its member companies as authoritative resources on material handling and supply chain topics. “This represents an evolution of the market and the industry,” says Bill Leber, director, business development ...

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Industry Update: The Food and Beverage Industry

These days, food and beverage is focused on fresh—and that’s not just in kitchens and restaurants. From farm to fork, the industry is under tremendous pressures that require new approaches. For a snapshot of the pressures on food and beverage, look to the category of non-alcoholic beverages, once dominated by a handful of carbonated beverage producers. These days, there are ...

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ProMat 2015: Celebrating 30 Years of Change and Growth

In addition to 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of MHI, it is also the 30th anniversary of MHI-sponsored ProMat. At its core, ProMat provides attendees with access to the latest material handling, logistics equipment and technologies. But it has also evolved to become an internationally revered brand that represents the largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North ...

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MHI Solution and Product Groups—Moving Forward

MHI has a strong history of bringing member companies together into groups focused on specific products (Product Groups). MHI is now dedicating additional resources to the development of Solution Groups. MHI Solution Groups will be the industry standard for collaboration among end-users and material handling product manufacturers and service providers. The goal is to bring the industry together to collaborate ...

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Total Supply Chain Visibility

Visibility throughout the supply chain has routinely topped supply chain leaders’ list of critical needs, but the actual implementation of strategies designed to achieve end-to-end visibility has not been evident—until now. “Studies conducted by Gartner two years ago demonstrated supply chain executives’ concern about the need for visibility throughout the supply chain, but it wasn’t until this year that we ...

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Industry Focus: The Aerospace Industry

The numbers in the aerospace industry speak volumes: Aerospace manufacturers produced $162 billion worth of gas turbine-powered aircraft in 2013, according to Peter Zimm, a principal with ICF International, a consulting firm that works in the aviation industry. Zimm anticipates continued growth of 2.3 percent per year over the next decade. The industry’s dominant manufacturers—Boeing and Airbus—each have eight-year production ...

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