Emulate3D Ltd.
MHI Blog — MHI recently announced the theme and speakers for the 2016 MHI Executive Summit. The theme is accelerating change in supply chains, and the Executive Summit is an Invitation Only, Senior Level, One-Day Event exclusively for manufacturing and supply chain executive leadership.The event will be held October 16 at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, AZ.



The Executive Summit will begin with six relevant and concise talks on the issues relating to this topic and how it is impacting supply chain leaders.
 
MHL News — A host of potentially disruptive technologies are creating digital "always-on" supply chains that will provide better efficiency, visibility, and customer service across a variety of industries. It will also challenging companies to find the talent to manage them, according to a new study by MHI and Deloitte.
 
Bloomberg — In the shadow of Greenwich's 02 Arena - the futuristic dome originally built as London's showpiece for the Millennium - what looks like a picnic cooler on wheels zips among groups of gawking children. This little delivery robot, designed to autonomously navigate sidewalks, not roads, later this year will begin making deliveries from local businesses direct to customers. 



In doing so, it may just conquer e-commerce's final frontier: the Last Mile, the least efficient and most problematic step in the delivery process.
 
ReutersChina will take steps to boost exports, including encouraging banks to boost lending, expanding export credit insurance and raise tax rebates for some firms, the cabinet said on Wednesday, in the latest step to underpin growth.



"Foreign trade is an important part as well as a driving force of the national economy," the State Council said in a statement after a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.
 
Tauber Institute for Global Operations at University of Michigan
Vidir Inc.
Ebnonline — Increasingly, mobile phones are critical tools in the supply chain, logistics and warehouse of many electronics companies. Along with improved efficiency and speed, as well as cost savings, these devices can also create security gaps that may leak critical information to others.



Fortunately, a combination of better technologies, improved training, and well-considered systems has made securing mobile devices much easier. Consider that the global mobile security market is predicted to reach $34.8 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 40.8% during 2014 to 2020, according to a recent report by Allied Market Research. 
 
MHL News — The top three business issues regarding supply chain planning and execution are increasing availability without increasing stockholding - highlighted by 62% of retailers, followed by reducing stockholding without impacting sales (47%) and in joint third automating key processes and better collaboration with suppliers (44% each).



This is according to a new survey 'State of the Retail Supply Chain 2016' report, from Martec International and RELEX.
 

Along with over 800 exhibitors featuring their supply chain solutions on the show floor, MODEX featured a supply chain conference that included over 100 educational seminars outlining leading trends, best practices and state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions. Webinars of MODEX 2016 educational seminar sessions are now available or viewing online at MODEXShow.com/seminars.
 
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on: Automated Event-Driven Decision Making.
 
Sensors and automatic identification give companies the opportunity to make important decisions based on real-time data. These decisions can lead to an immediate increase in efficiency and profit.
 
 
 
 
Fleet Owner — Global logistics provider DHL believes worldwide supply chains are beginning to undergo a fundamental transformation as more "artificial intelligence" is deployed to handle both the domestic and international movement of goods



According to research conducted in support of its recent 2016 Logistics Trend Radar, DHL thinks the impact of data-driven and autonomous supply chains provides an opportunity for "previously unimaginable levels of optimization" in manufacturing, logistics, warehousing and last mile delivery that could become a reality in less than half a decade, despite high set-up costs deterring early adoption within the logistics industry.
 
Modern Materials Handling — Research using facial movement analysis reveals significant differences in how consumers respond emotionally to various protective packaging types. Results show that protective packaging has an impact on human emotion, product perception and lifetime customer value. Participants were asked to select how they felt during three critical parcel interaction points-opening, removing the material/products and discarding the packaging.
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
MHL News — According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the industrial robotics market in the U.S will continue to grow at a CAGR of 12.25% during the forecast period (2016-2020). The report categorizes the industrial robotics market in the U.S. into four major product segments. They are: Articulated robots market will grow from $751.4 million in 2015 to $1.28 billion by 2020.
 
Financial Review — Vehicles that can drive themselves are expected to have the same impact on society as the steam engine, the personal computer and smartphones.



There will be numerous questions for governments, insurance companies and fleet managers in 20 years when autonomous vehicles are expected to become ubiquitous on our roads.
 
Logistics Viewpoints — Uber has disrupted the taxi industry. Can anyone copy the Uber model and disrupt the freight market?  That question is generating a great deal of discussion among logistics executives with the "last mile" freight market generating the most buzz.



Transporting goods long distances can be done far more cost efficiently than the delivery of the last few miles when goods arrive in congested metropolitan areas. Last mile delivery has taken on added urgency as traditional retailers have embraced omni-channel capabilities as a way to compete with ecommerce giants like Amazon. Omni-channel fulfillment, which spans a variety of delivery flow paths - store to home, delivery from warehouse, etc. - is all about last mile.
 
Logistics Viewpoints — The strategies, tactics and technology of home delivery are evolving quickly and constantly. It's tough to keep up with the innovation that is happening in home delivery and also sort out the reality from the hype in the press. As Chris Cunnane described in his report Descartes Evolution - Logistics in Motion, we conducted a survey of a number of our customers to get a broader sense of what was actually happening and how retailers are thinking. Besides some of the salient points Chris made, I thought I would share more of the findings to help retailers and logistics services providers better gauge how they should move forward with home delivery.
 
Engineering Innovation
Infor Global Solution
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.
 
Bloomberg — For residents of minority urban neighborhoods, access to Amazon.com's vast array of products-from Dawn dish soap and Huggies diapers to Samsung flatscreen TVs-can be a godsend. Unlike whiter ZIP codes, these parts of town often lack well-stocked stores and quality supermarkets. White areas get organic grocers and designer boutiques. Black ones get minimarts and dollar stores. People in neighborhoods that retailers avoid must travel farther and sometimes pay more to obtain household necessities.



"I don't have a car, so I love to have stuff delivered," says Tamara Rasberry, a human resources professional in Washington, D.C., who spends about $2,000 a year on Amazon Prime, the online retailer's premium service that guarantees two-day delivery of tens of millions of items (along with digital music, e-books, streaming movies, and TV shows) for a yearly $99 membership fee. Rasberry, whose neighborhood of Congress Heights is more than 90 percent black, says shopping on Amazon lets her bypass the poor selection and high prices of nearby shops.
 
The Wall Street Journal — Three of the largest U.S. trucking companies reported a drop in profits as demand for freight-hauling services slumped. 



Werner Enterprises Inc.  said first-quarter earnings fell 13% from a year earlier to $20.1 million, while  Knight Transportation Inc's profits sank 24% to $22.5 million over the same period. Thursday afternoon, Swift Transportation Co. said profits fell 16% from last year, to $31.9 million.
 
Marketplace —This election season, we've heard Republican and Democratic presidential candidates alike decry international trade deals for sending manufacturing jobs overseas. And candidates have vowed to bring the jobs back. Some factory work is indeed returning from offshore, a movement known as "re-shoring."



A group called the Reshoring Initiative estimated that over the past five years, as many as 100,000 factory jobs have returned from overseas. But some in manufacturing are skeptical.
 
Maritime Executive —We live in a digital world that is evolving at breakneck speed. Unfortunately, rapid change can bring problems, issues and chaos, and the maritime world is not exempt from the potential downsides of technology's evolution.



Modern ships have become ever more complex and automated over the past four decades. In the 1970s, most of the equipment was analog and very little was integrated into a system; ships still used radio telegraphs to communicate to land based stations. This has all changed, and we now work with totally digital, integrated and system-based equipment. Most vessels now have some type of internet access, and as ships become ever more sophisticated and better connected to the outside world, cyber security is fast becoming one of the maritime sector's biggest challenges.
 
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.
 

 

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