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The Rise of the Collaborative Superteam

Why “Humans + Automation + AI = The New Supply Chain Workforce” is the optimal formula for operational success. By Sara Pearson Specter Multiple surveys have confirmed that—as a result of COVID-19—companies worldwide are accelerating their investments in digital technologies as a means to better anticipate and forestall future disruptions. KPMG’s 2020 CEO Outlook, for example, found that 74% are ...

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Industry Focus: Pharmaceuticals

The pharmaceutical industry is constantly going through changes, from new techniques for manufacturing medicine to streamlining the distribution of medicine. By Sandy Smith For many, the pain points for pharmaceutical companies are familiar: finding good help, meeting increasing demand for medications and filling orders quickly and accurately—if at all possible, delivering the next day.That’s what Monty McVaugh, manager of product ...

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Supply Chain and Logistics Programs Continue to Grow

Despite the challenges in 2020 and heading into 2021, one theme still holds: securing future talent for the industry will continue to be an area of focus. By Maria Leggett The year 2020 will be top of mind for quite some time. For the supply chain and material handling industry, 2020 will be the year that everyone learned why supply ...

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Robotics and Automation in Intralogistics 4.0

The trends in warehousing are based on new technologies, digitalization and IoT and Industry 4.0—with a high degree of automation and robotization. By Tone Lerher The emerging trends in warehousing—and in a variety of industries—are based on the development of new technologies, digitalization, the concept of the Internet of Things and the concept of Industry 4.0 with the high degree ...

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ProMatDX Debut

ProMat is officially transforming into a state-of-the-art digital expo for 2021: ProMat Digital Experience (DX). Mark your calendars for April 12-16! After consultation with the MHI Board of Governors, MHI has made the difficult decision to cancel its in-person ProMat event in Chicago in April of 2021. The MHI Board determined that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the ...

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WERC Matters: Annual Metrics Study

By Michael Mikitka Annually, for the past 18 years, the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) has undertaken a benchmarking study, DC Measures, to determine which warehousing and distribution performance metrics are most used by operations managers in facilities nationwide. Conducted every January, the research seeks to eradicate bad warehousing practices by asking respondents to report their actual levels of ...

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Inside MHI

The people who work at MHI—and its new division, Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)—are the gears that keep the association rolling. They ensure MHI continues to be a valuable association and resource for people involved in the industry, and do so with wit, competence and a smile on their face. The goal of this column in MHI Solutions magazine ...

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Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?

Matthew West remembers being home from college and telling his father and grandfather definitively that he didn’t want to earn a living fixing forklifts like they did. Fast forward almost a decade, and West is running his family’s forklift dealership, leading some residents of Goldsboro, NC, to refer to him as “the forklift guy” when they see him around town.“I ...

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Social Distancing Decisions Impacting Robotics Choices

The need for social distancing inside warehouses and distribution centers to prevent COVID-19 exposure is expected to persist until after widespread vaccination. Robotics can help. Using robotic systems for heavy or repetitive manual labor, especially in small enclosed spaces, means workers are farther apart and fewer workers are needed in these tight spaces, said Volker Schmitz, Ph.D., president and CEO ...

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From Straight to Curvy, Monorails Offer Flexibility When Transporting Goods

If manufacturers or other enterprises need to install monorails with curves and switches to move materials and products within their facilities in multiple directions, the member companies of the Monorail Manufacturers Association are the ones to turn to. “Many companies use straight monorails, and they work great when you only need to move products in a straight line from point ...

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