Emulate3D Ltd.
MHI Blog — Big data, cloud-based, mobile robotics, wearable technology, Internet of Things-all trends driving innovation in AS/RS. This according to a recent article in Refrigerated Frozen Foods.



Manufacturing and distribution center tasks that have traditionally been manual can now be more efficiently accomplished with automation. This means automating supply chain processes - often utilizing automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS).
 
Ebnonline — Many companies are coming to the conclusion that there's only so much they can do internally to address the challenge of asset recovery. In these instances, it may be best to seek an outside expert to peform key processes related to asset recovery.
 
Industryweek — As a result of my writing and speaking about returning manufacturing to America through reshoring, I recently received information from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) inviting me to educate my audience on the findings of their research and the tools and resources available when manufacturers are considering reshoring.
 

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods -- The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics, Charlotte, N.C., predicts that there will be 1.4 million new jobs created in the supply chain and logistics sector over the next three years, says Andy Drozinski, managing executive, solutions and product groups for MHI, the Charlotte, N.C.-based producer of the MODEX tradeshow.




"And to fill those jobs, the supply chain industry must find ways to attract demographics that historically haven’t comprised a significant part of its workforce," he adds.
 
Tauber Institute for Global Operations at University of Michigan
Vidir Inc.
MHL News — That positive vibe you might be feeling right now isn't a mirage. According to the Shippers Conditions Index (SCI), tracked on a monthly basis by transportation forecasting firm FTR, conditions improved for the fourth month in a row, as of February 2016, when the index rose to 4.7. Any reading above zero indicates favorable conditions for shippers.
 
Green Biz — "I don't know" is becoming less plausible for corporate representatives to say when it comes to understanding various supply chain impacts and risks, from deforestation to water, biodiversity and related human rights issues.



The era of tracking and transparency has met the era of (near) real-time Big Data, within a context of corporate supply chains and over-burdened natural systems.
 
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on: Improving the Workplace with DISC Analysis.
 
While it’s important to have diversity in the workplace, it’s equally important to understand the individuals coming in and how they work. This video discusses the DISC analysis, which tells managers how to create a more harmonious work environment by catering to employees’ work styles.
 
 
 
 
MHI Blog — Have you gifted personalized M&Ms? Ordered custom-built Nike trainers? Considered a design-your-own Smart car?



If so, you, as a consumer, are benefiting from the modern maturation of mass customization in the retail sector. Consumers now demand products and services that are more and more precisely tailored to their interests, lifestyles and needs. And, thanks to continual technological advances in the retail purchasing process, these customized products and services are now delivered nearly as fast as if you bought them off the proverbial rack.
 

June 1 is the official kick-off of hurricane season ― a timely reminder for retailers to take stock of the contingency plans they have in place in the event their supply chains are washed out by a powerful storm or impacted by another significant weather event or natural disaster. 




Why do you need a contingency plan for Mother Nature? For starters, weather- and climate-related disasters have caused $2.4 trillion in economic losses and nearly 2 million deaths globally since 1971, according to the World Meteorological Organization. And more recently, you may recall the transportation and logistics shutdowns during the winter of 2014 that took a $15 billion bite out of U.S. businesses. These numbers alone should be reason enough to develop a contingency plan to help your business stay afloat during a significant business interruption, like a hurricane.
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
MHL News — As companies are being held accountable for supply chain transparency, there are resources available to find this type of data. According to Sissel Waage of GreenBiz, issues such as deforestation, water risk and biodiversity loss can be found via Big Data.
 
www.theferrarigroup.com — In our prior Supply Chain Matters briefing, this author provided initial highlights and takeaways regarding important shifts in strategy that came out of this week's SAP Sapphire customer conference. In this particular posting I want to briefly contrast recent enterprise software conference we have covered to highlight contrasting messages regarding customer needs.
 
Ebnonline — UBM's 2016 Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study gathered the thoughts of industry leaders about how they are using online resources to collect design information, identify suppliers, and more. UBM's 2016 Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study gathered the thoughts of industry leaders about how they are using online resources to collect design information, identify suppliers, and more.
 
Engineering Innovation
Infor Global Solution
Supply Chain Brain — The fashion industry is undergoing the biggest change since the industrial revolution: Today's consumers prize instant convenience and authenticity. They want innovative new products, instantaneous information, to comparison shop, to easily return items that don't fit, and always get the best deal.
 
Green Biz — In a world where chemical regulations and market demands for safer chemicals are on the rise, how can investors know which firms are most at risk from these emerging trends and which are best positioned to capture new markets with safer products?
 
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.
 
21st Century Supply Chain — Now that's not to say I'm advocating rushing headlong into anything without some thought. Your supply chain does need to be at least part tortoise in that aspect. There's value and protection in stability. But if you spend all your time planning, are you really going to be prepared when the course unexpectedly changes direction? If your first thought is to go back to the planning stage to factor in this new variable, you may soon find yourself left in the dust of a much faster paced and agile competitor.
 
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.
 

 

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