Technology

Truck Takeovers?

Cybersecurity concerns roll into the roadways as transportation vehicles become more high-tech and computerized. * By Fiona Soltes * As the journey toward connectivity, mobility, new technology and the Internet of Things continues to gather speed, it can be tempting to accelerate the search for solutions at the same time. This especially can be the case when it comes to ...

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Plan to Be Disrupted

2018 MHI Annual Industry Report Highlights NextGen Innovations and How to Overcome Top Barriers to Their Adoption * By Carol Miller, MHI Vice President of Marketing and Communications * For the fifth consecutive year, MHI and the Deloitte Consulting LLP research team—led by Scott Sopher, principal and leader of the Global Supply Chain Practice—queried more than 1,100 manufacturing and supply ...

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I, Co-Bot

They’re collaborative, they’re autonomous, they’re intelligent. Fast-evolving technology in robotics—now often called “co-botics”—is allowing machines to pick, pack, tug and transport in ways they haven’t in the past. Cheaper than ever, more flexible than ever, they’re offering sensible solutions to the supply chain’s increasing need for speed. * By Amy Drew Thompson * Valvoline. Volleyball nets. Vegan cookbooks. Viagra. A ...

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Is Blockchain the Answer to Supply Chain Security?

Is Blockchain the Answer to Supply Chain Security? * By Mary Lou Jay * Three years ago, when Nick Vyas spoke at the University of Southern California’s Supply Chain Digital Transformation Hackathon, he asked the 300-member audience how many had ever heard of blockchain. “Just four hands went up,” recalled Vyas, assistant professor of clinical data sciences and operations at ...

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Learning Fast

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Have Big Impact on Supply Chains * By Nick Fortuna * One machine looks like the world’s biggest Roomba vacuum cleaner, and the other is somewhat reminiscent of the classic claw-machine arcade games that let players try to grab a prize of their choosing, usually to no avail. But the self-driving vehicle and the bin-picking robot ...

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Innovations in Last Mile Delivery

The Definition of Last Mile Is Changing and So Are the Solutions and Options * By Sandy Smith * If there was any doubt just how important the last mile was throughout the supply chain, consider this cautionary note from the 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report: “An inability to solve the riddle of the last mile has driven many promising ...

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2018 MHI Executive Summit and Annual Conference

Thought Leaders to Turn MHI Annual Industry Report Findings into Actionable Strategies * By Doug Reed, MHI Executive Vice President of Strategic Development * When MHI plans the content for the yearly Executive Summit and Annual Conference events (to be held on October 14-17, 2018 at JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL), we build the agenda of speakers and ...

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INDUSTRY FOCUS: Aerospace

Security, Customization and Cost-Effectiveness Are Critical in Aerospace Supply Chain * By Sheryl S. Jackson * The global aerospace and defense sector revenues grew by 2.4 percent to $674.4 billion in 2016, slightly above the estimated global domestic product growth of 2.3 percent, according to a report by Deloitte. Although commercial aerospace manufacturers have been the major driver in industry ...

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Beyond Analytics

A shift to more widespread use of artificial intelligence and machine learning promises to streamline supply chain operations. By Nick Fortuna— November 11, 2017, is a date that sticks in the mind of Jim Tompkins, chief executive of MHI member Tompkins International, and he’s working hard to make the events of that day commonplace in the supply chain industry. Two ...

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People Are at the Center of the Robotics Revolution

Automation not only delivers ROI, it enhances supply chain jobs and increases worker satisfaction. By Fiona Soltes— A variety of factors are converging to bolster the ROI for automation. Beyond the present and future state of the workforce, the ever-increasing technological sophistication, and the growing understanding that supply chain operations must be faster, more efficient, more accurate and more transparent ...

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