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Rethinking Retail Stores’ Footprint in the Age of Curbside Pickup

By Christian Dow The wall separating the front of a retail store from the back of the building is the line of scrimmage, and due to the pandemic, the back of the store is marching downfield with momentum while the front of the store gives up ground. That’s the message from supply chain experts who are helping retailers adjust to ...

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Robotic Flexibility

By Sara Pearson Specter Today’s robotic solutions—both fixed and autonomous mobile robots—are increasingly being built as a platform upon which application-specific solutions can be built to handle unique manufacturing and warehousing tasks. But, in today’s highly dynamic, ever changing world, needs and strategies may likewise shift. Fortunately, due to their inherent flexibility and versatility, robots can be adapted to accommodate ...

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Industry Focus: Retail

By Sandy Smith One of the first casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic was in-person shopping. With mandatory shutdowns of non-essential retail and customers fearful about being in public, necessities moved to e-commerce. As the pandemic lingered, it shifted habits in ways that aren’t necessarily changing back. “People are saying, ‘When are we going to get back to normal?’ That’s like ...

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Industry Focus: Apparel

BY SANDY SMITH As the spring 2020 season was upon us, magazines were touting some interesting new apparel trends: white dresses, neon colors, bootcut jeans and warm-weather leather. Then COVID-19 shut down retailers, sending us all to our sweatpants and T-shirts and leaving those white, leather, bootcut items unsold. A study by Boston Consulting Group, released by the Sustainable Apparel ...

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Software that Unlocks the Power of Automation

It’s no secret that the ongoing labor shortage and consumers’ desire for ever-shorter delivery times have combined to pose an unprecedented challenge for supply chains.

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MHI News—Q1, 2020

MHI Announces New Leadership Appointments for 2020 MODEX—The Biggest Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expo of 2020—Is Coming to Atlanta, March 9-12 Material Handling Education Foundation Appoints Two Industry Leaders to Board of Directors Big Data Analytics and Operations: New White Paper from MHI Solutions Community In Memoriam—Lewis Pickering Cabot  

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Supply Chain Sustainability Goes High Tech

Supply Chain Sustainability Goes High Tech * By Mary Lou Jay * The promise of improved efficiencies and reductions in operating expenses are usually the major drivers when supply chain companies adopt digital technologies. But there’s another benefit that they should consider. Tech advances like the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, robotics and blockchain ...

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