Emulate3D Ltd.

MHI Blog -- General Mills recently announced a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its entire supply chain — "from farm to fork to landfill" — by 28 percent over the next 10 years.




The maker of Cheerios, Haagen Dazs and dozens of other products with $17.6 billion in annual sales is the first major food company to set a specific goal to cut emissions beyond its direct operations.
 

Modern Materials Handling -- The ability to ship anything from anywhere—to anywhere—within a short timeframe isn’t the only trend that’s shaping the retail supply chain. Modern explores the key trends taking place in 2015 (and beyond).
 

The Wall Street Journal -- The deadly explosions that rocked Tianjin could create logistical delays and other supply chain problems for months to come, even as operations at the port itself return to normal, according to a new report by Resilinc, a supply chain technology firm.




Day-to-day operations have largely resumed at Tianjin’s port, roughly a month after two explosions killed over 100 people and caused widespread damage. However, Resilinc found a number of factors that will have a lasting impact on companies with supply chains tied to Tainjin. Chief among them: uncertainty over how China’s government will respond to the incident, which was caused by the improper storage of hazardous chemicals and is still being investigated.

 

EBN -- The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a reality. Increasingly, greater numbers of products now include Internet-connected technology, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips to help facility tracking of inventory, for example. Tying the Internet of Things (IoT) to a strategy for mobile devices – wearables, tablets, smartphones – is not only forward-thinking, but gets to the heart of what good supply chain management is all about.




The benefits of a mobile supply chain strategy are numerous. Companies can see better inventory tracking, shipment, and shipment confirmation. Improved, more accurate inventory information can be at everyone's fingertips. Automating supply chain processes in a mobile environment can improve efficiency and productivity.
 
Tauber Institute for Global Operations at University of Michigan
Vidir Inc.
As part of MHI view’s ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on:
Inventory and Network Optimization Tools 

Identified as one of the eight emerging technologies that will transform supply chain models in the next decade, inventory and network optimization tools rank as the most widely used and most likely to deliver a competitive advantage. Find out what you should do now to get ahead on this emerging trend. 
 

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Supply Chain Brain -- We've passed the mid-year mark, which means that the budgeting process is upon us. For CPOs and procurement managers, this isn't exactly a high point of the year - few enjoy taking an annual break from the work at hand to focus on the budget. And of course there is added pressure to finalize strategic plans that align with an effective budget.
 

ABC News -- The noise and bustle of nearby neighborhoods fade away at New Haven's sprawling port. An oil and chemical tanker floats placidly at a dock. A tug pushes a barge out in Long Island Sound. Only occasionally do trucks rumble up to a scrap metal business or deliver materials for road work.




What was a key port for lumber and other goods dating to Colonial times is, like other New England ports, facing a reckoning after a lengthy decline.
 

Industrial Distribution -- In today's world of e-commerce in industrial distribution, speed and mobility are key. Just like how any customer who orders a blender from Amazon.com expects it to be on their doorstep two days later or less, businesses ordering industrial products now expect the same speedy service from distributors.




As the pace of b2b continues to transform distribution trends, it appears one of them is in the distribution centers themselves. New data from real estate firm CBRE Inc. shows that demand for industrial facilities under 200,000 square feet in urban areas is on the rise.
 
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.
International Business Systems

MHI Blog -- Kevin Vliet, Director, Material Flow Engineering at Tesla Motors has joined the new Automation Solutions Group (ASG) of MHI as its first General Member Representative. MHI has recently taken a strong leadership position in the material handling & supply chain collaboration space and the ASG is at the forefront of that effort.




The role Kevin takes on brings the first of many voices from the automation user community into direct contact with the broad and deep pool of automation industry experts that are member companies of MHI.
 

Marketplace -- Retailers are already planning for the busy holiday shopping season and there could be a complication this year. As the unemployment rate drops, stores are having a hard time finding workers for their warehouses. They've ordered all kinds of new stuff for the holidays, but it's stuck in a bottleneck.




"If people are struggling right now to bring stuff into the warehouse, then they’re definitely going to  have a problem when it comes to getting it out," says Frank Layo, a partner and retail strategist at Kurt Salmon.
 

Retail Week -- Over the last few weeks we’ve walked you through the various benefits of using RFID in a retail store. RFID gives retailers the what, where and how much of their inventory on a real time basis. This information is invaluable for improving inventory accuracy, reducing out of stocks, aiding loss prevention and just locating stock in general – which is always useful in a store environment.  




However, the use cases for this transformation technology aren’t limited to the shop floor. With its strength in identifying individual items or assets and their whereabouts, RFID offers a multitude of benefits across the entire supply chain.
 

Material Handling & Logistics -- Using powerful and sophisticated new tools like interactive dashboards, those involved in supply chain logistics are able to use their data to gain meaningful insights into their strengths and weaknesses, improve their operational efficiency, and make better and more timely business decisions.




But how does that work? How is it possible to take an increasingly large and detailed volume of data and successfully leverage it? Because dashboards present such a compelling value proposition, industry professionals are encouraged to take the time to become educated on what dashboards can do for their organization, as well as the current best practices for implementing an effective dashboard solution.
 
Syracuse Online Business Blog -- Innovative online retail companies are learning how to compete with well-established companies by creatively managing their supply chain. By combining best practices and technological advancements, these companies are disrupting their competitors while maintaining lean inventories and cutting out the middleman to deliver lower prices to consumers.
 
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.
 
EBN -- A picture is worth a thousand words and a story is worth a thousand pictures. It's little wonder, then, that people often long to describe a problem with a picture. In their personal lives, technology savvy people snap a picture and send it off to get a problem solved. And yet, within the supply chain, no vendor has included end-to-end image tracking for stock keeping units (SKUs) as part of the base functionality of their product.
 

The Times-Picayune -- A long-proposed offshore megaport at the end of the Mississippi River could start to take shape next year, with its supporters hailing it as the most significant economic development in Louisiana history.




Leaders at existing ports applaud their optimistic outlook but question whether the project is a viable undertaking.
 

Industry Today -- A recent global research study suggests that the manufacturing industry is behind the digital curve compared to other industries. When it comes to embracing digital strategies as an opportunity for business transformation, the industry as a whole is falling flat.




According to research released in July from MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte Digital, more than 70 percent of respondents from ages 22 to 60 want to work for a digitally-enabled company or a digital leader. Survey respondents in the manufacturing industry rated their companies’ average digital maturity very low relative to other sectors, coming in 16 out of 18 sectors analyzed. These findings present an opportunity for a shift in approach to digital adoption by manufacturing organizations and their leaders.
 
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.
 

 

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