Industry Trends

Looking Forward

Sure, savvy business professionals always try to anticipate the future. But few come together with leading thinkers in the industry to anticipate the next decade. More than 100 participants—including end users, suppliers, consultants, academics, government officials and non-governmental organization representatives—did just that, holding sessions to discuss current issues and envisioning the future of material handling. The result is The U.S. ...

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A year ago, our organization rebranded as MHI—The Industry That Makes Supply Chains Work. At the same time, we also evolved our focus. We recognize that suppliers and end users throughout the material handling industry—as well as in manufacturing, distribution, logistics and transportation—play a crucial role in supporting the overall supply chain. MHI is dedicated to offering more tools, not ...

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Managing Risk

Weather events around the world disrupts production of a key component. A port strike delays imports. An equipment breakdown strands a shipment. These require action in the moment. But anticipating these events before they happen can make the difference between surviving and succeeding. “You have to have increased sensitivity in your company to the severe impacts that supply chain disruptions ...

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The Exponential Growth of Omni-Channel

In many fields, technological advances bring focus and simplification. The exponential growth of e-commerce and omni-channel retail, however, has done quite the opposite when it comes to distribution centers and material handling. Conversations have become increasingly complex, solutions more varied—and the timeline faster than ever. “Before, there certainly was more predictability,” said Kris Bjorson, international director, retail e-commerce and distribution, ...

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Power to the People

In a time of increased scrutiny of factory conditions in developing countries, for-profit startup LaborVoices Inc. aims to make supply chains transparent for corporate brands while providing “a voice for global workers” by gathering real-time data from thousands of laborers across the world. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company has set up a system to regularly survey workers on safety, wages and ...

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In Cold Pursuit

  Cold storage isn’t just about storage anymore. Different processors often specify different shelf lives – 90 days for this product and 100 days for that one – and cold storage warehouses must often provide multiple temperature zones for different products. And, when the seasons change, so might the products and the temperatures. Industries that need cold storage facilities – ...

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