Emulate3D Ltd.

MHI Blog -- In addition to four keynote sessions, the MHI 2015 Annual Conference will include six expert panel sessions.  On Monday, October 5, the conference will feature a panel on how supply chain information systems are converging to address new challenges as a result of massive trends like the Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Omni-Channel logistics.

EBN -- Imagine watching a basketball game—or any sporting event for that matter—without any scoreboards. The task of keeping track of the current score is one thing, but what if you had to remember the number of fouls for each team (or player) or how many seconds are left on the shot clock? And did I mention that you had to constantly relay this data back to everyone else in the arena? Not only is this a poor use of one's time and energy, but there's also plenty of room for errors. 

SupplyChainBrain -- Truckload marketplace Transfix is adding a new dimension to matching drivers with available loads, says CEO Drew McElroy. By making greater use of smartphones, McElroy says Transfix makes more efficient matches, which reduces empty miles and driver wait times.

McElroy is borrowing a page from Uber to improve utilization of truckload capacity. Drivers sign up for the service and use a smartphone app to publish their location and availability. When a shipper tenders a load, Transfix scans the pickup vicinity for available drivers. Taking distance, pickup time and past performance into consideration, the best match is offered the job.
As part of MHI view’s ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on:
Predictive Analysis in the Material Handling Industry

Identified as one of the eight emerging technologies that will transform supply chain models in the next decade, predictive analysis has grown tremendously in recent years and will become an ever-increasing force in the industry. Find out how you can make predictive analysis work for your benefit.


Tauber Institute for Global Operations at University of Michigan
Vidir Inc.

Modern Materials Handling -- The North American robotics market is off to its fastest start ever in 2015, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

A record 14,232 robots, valued at $840 million were ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2015, an increase of 1% in units and 7% in revenue over the same period in 2014, which held the previous record.

The Detroit News -- Two pieces of legislation aimed at boosting advanced technology vehicles moved ahead Thursday in the U.S. Senate.

The Vehicle Innovation Act, which promotes investments in research and development of cleaner vehicle and advanced safety technologies that will create more fuel-efficient vehicles, was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

MHI Blog -- Amazon has proposed a new model on how to safely integrate delivery drones into the air.

The model recommends that airspace from 200-400 feet off the ground be exclusively reserved for delivery drones. The next 100 feet above that would be a no-fly zone, acting as a buffer between the drones and commercial aircraft.
Logistics Viewpoints -- There’s a glaring gap in today’s omni-channel world. Or perhaps it’s best described as a blind spot. In either case, as manufacturers, retailers and 3PLs invest millions of dollars to provide a truly seamless, fully integrated buying experience, many continue to overlook the significant costs and complexities of the "final mile" between DC and the consumer’s front porch.
Rig Zone -- The report "Understanding Upstream Supply Chain Management: What does good look like?" examines the supply chain challenges that the oil and gas industry has faced in recent years with the advent of shale activity in the United States. The onshore unconventional and offshore conventional are very different worlds in terms of the time horizons for projects and the pace of activity. 
International Business Systems

Fox News -- Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.

Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions with the House this fall on what the future course of transportation policy should be and how to pay for programs.
MHI Blog -- On Tuesday, October 6, the 2015 MHI Annual Conference will feature a panel on the emergence of supply chain automation across a range of industries. The panel will discuss how leading firms are overcoming the challenges faced by supply chain managers when implementing automation and explore strategies for addressing these challenges collaboratively.

Internet Retailer -- Market research firm eMarketer projects e-commerce sales will eclipse $3.5 trillion within the next five years. The web will account for 7.3% of global retail sales this year, growing to 12.4% by 2019, eMarketer says.

The fast-growing Asia-Pacific market is expected to fuel a 25% year-over-year increase in global e-commerce in 2015.

The Wall Street Journal

Container-shipping lines, already concerned about demand from struggling economies in Europe and many emerging markets, can add China to their list of problems, according to a new report from Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd.

The consulting and research firm lowered its forecast for containers moving through ports in China and Hong Kong to grow by 4.9% this year, from 5.8% in an earlier outlook. That is the equivalent of removing 1.85 million 20-foot equivalent units, or 1% of world-wide container traffic, from ocean trade lanes.
EBN -- The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M), also called the Industrial Internet, (II), are changing customer relationships and workflow in the business-to-business (B2B) world. In the automotive industry, cars, trucks, and even motorcycles are using Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology, which uses a communications module that connects transmitters in the vehicles, and sensors in the road infrastructure, such as road signs and traffic lights. Through V2V technology, vehicles communicate with other vehicles and with the traffic environment.
Engineering Innovation
Steel Guard Safety
MHI’s new Career Forum  enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.

Material Handling & Logistics -- According to a recent collaborative report by DHL and Cisco, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 compared to 15 billion today.

Furthermore, the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to generate $8 trillion worldwide in Value at Stake over the next decade, defined as the economic value brought about by connecting previously unconnected devices.

Supply Chain Digital -- For many organizations the perception of the reverse service supply chain’s primary role has shifted from a functional necessity to one which is increasingly being recognised as an essential tool for competitive differentiation and a key part of customer satisfaction. One place this is particularly relevant is in the  electronics sector, where products often have long working lives and uptime is critical to end-customer happiness and retention.

But just how do businesses ensure that their service supply chains are hitting tight turnaround times and maintaining product reliability to really maximize on the opportunities available? At Teleplan we believe there are five key things which help organizations achieve a competitive service supply chain.

EBN -- The steady decline in owner-operators could be further exacerbated by bad road conditions. 

In a recent poll conducted by the National Retail Systems, Inc., 60% of truckers surveyed said that roads are in worse condition than ever before. The majority said that they get held up by poor road conditions every day or a few times a week; only 1% of those who responded said that they never get held up. Nearly half of the truck drivers who responded have been on the road more than 10 years.

MHI Blog -- When the 2015 MHI Executive Summit & Annual Conference comes to Florida in October, the top topic on everyone’s agenda will be the disruptive innovation that is transforming traditional supply chains into next generation models – and how to get ahead of the curve and turn this transformation into competitive advantage.



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