Tag Archives: material handling industry

Building Blocks of ESG

Feature Strong leadership, effective communication, authenticity and a shared sense of ownership are keys to building an ESG culture that can help differentiate your company and gain a competitive edge. BY DAVID COBURN VALEX/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM ABCITY3D/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM ANDRII ZASTROZHNOV/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM YEAMAKE/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Just over two years ago, in August 2019, a prestigious group of American CEOs known as Business Roundtable announced a change to ...

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MHI Solutions Community Forms Software Subcommittee

MHI Solutions Community Software Subcommittee Will Help MHI Members Identify Software Solutions and Share Best Practices BY CHRISTIAN DOW, MHI EXECUTIVE VP OF MEMBERSHIP AND INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP In high school, they were sometimes called “software nerds” or “tech geeks,” but in the modern supply chain industry, software experts just might be the coolest kids in class. The digitization and automation ...

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Future-Ready Capabilities for the Industrial Distribution Workforce

Higher Education BY DR. MALINI NATARAJARATHINAM, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTION, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY IURII MOTOV/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM The future of our work environment is going to be highly influenced by several technological advancements such as automation, artificial intelligence (AI), robots, big data and data analysis. These significant technological changes are referred to as “Industry 4.0” or the Fourth Industrial ...

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Building Resilience Makes Us All Winners

Education BY MARIA LEGGETT, MHI DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION Recently, an executive for a global material handling company shared a story with me about his daughter. She had attended a week-long camp that culminated with an awards ceremony. Her prize for the week was the award of being the most resilient. Thrilled with the prize, she excitedly displayed it to her ...

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How to Change Company Culture: Insights from MHI Members

BY CHRISTIAN DOW, MHI EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP AND INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP Organizational culture is increasingly recognized as a strategic and competitive advantage, both for operational performance and to attract the best talent. According to McKinsey & Company, culture “is the common set of behaviors and underlying mindsets and beliefs that shape how people work and interact.” It matters, note ...

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Ports Eye Drones for Bigger Role in Keeping the Supply Chain Moving

BY DAVID COBURN ULY_P30/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Container ship backlogs and other disruptions to port operations around the world can result in long and costly delays for logistics providers and their customers, but research on several fronts points to one promising technology that could help keep the supply chain moving. From Corpus Christi to Hamburg to Singapore, public- and private-sector initiatives are under ...

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Port and Intermodal Freight Disruptions Continue to Impact Supply Chains

Industry Focus Widespread Supply Chain Congestion Has Practitioners Looking at New Practices to Ease Delays BY TOM GRESHAM POTOWIZARD/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Ships sit for days offshore as they wait for an open berth at their destination port. Terminals and warehouses are stacked with containers with no one to pick them up. Shippers get turned away for service by overwhelmed, understaffed carriers. The ...

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The End Is Nigh: Approaching Economic Escape Velocity After COVID

By Jason Schenker United States and global growth prospects have improved greatly since the start of the year. The rollout of COVID vaccinations has proven to be the logical antidote to the economic woes engendered by the pandemic. Yes, there are still some sectors that lag and some regions experiencing sluggish recoveries. But the labor market, the economy and the ...

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ECONOMIC MARKET ANALYSIS: Economic Improvements Against a Backdrop of Base Effects and Tax Policy Risks

By Jason Schenker Despite major challenges at the start of the year, 2021 is poised to build economic momentum in the months and quarters ahead. This is true for manufacturing and material handling, but service industries are also poised to gain ground and experience significant year-on-year growth in the months ahead as vaccinations reach scale domestically and abroad. On the ...

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The Year Ahead: Picking up the Pieces After COVID

By Jason Schenker The outlook for 2021 is solid—especially compared to 2020. In general, the year should be one of positive growth and improvements in economic activity, even if the trend of improvements is occasionally punctuated by intermittent COVID-19 outbreaks and systemic aftershocks in industries that have experienced asymmetric negative impacts in the wake of the COVID pandemic outbreak. Buttressing ...

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