Emulate3D Ltd.
MIT Technology Review— Quantum computers pose a significant security threat to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Now a team of Russian scientists has worked out how to secure blockchains using quantum mechanics.
 
 
   
MHISolutionsmag.com—Supply chain technicians and mechanics are estimated to number nearly 2.4 million in the U.S. By 2025, this number will grow by 11 percent. In addition to the new growth, companies are expected to replace about 22 percent of members of their current supply chain technician workforce—creating about 770,000 total technician-level job openings in the next 10 years. And material handling industry members are finding themselves competing with manufacturers for the same employee.
 
INSEAD Knowledge—As supply chains are increasingly digitized, the most successful ones will evolve into platform-enabled ecosystems. Mickey Drexler, the man behind brands such as the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, is an American retail legend. J. Crew’s CEO since 2003, Drexler caught the online retail wave early on. And yet, as he admitted last month, he didn’t realize the speed at which technology would disrupt his industry.
 
EBN—Philosophers may say that the only thing that is constant is change, but supply chain business people will say change is the only thing that offers the opportunity for success, but only if it’s done right. The first step, though, is figuring out where the changes will begin—and it might not be obvious at first glance.
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Vidir Inc.
Business Insider—As malls shutter across the country, one architecture firm has plans to salvage brick-and-mortar shopping centers by turning them into drone ports. CallisonRTKL , a global architecture firm, was inspired by the Six Flags Mall in Arlington, Texas, which is going to be demolished after losing its key tenants. There are tentative plans in place to transform the defunct mall into an industrial complex, but CallisonRTKL has something else in mind. The firm wants to transform the shell of the former mall into a delivery warehouse that's ideal for drone takeoff and delivery.
 
AJC.com—There is no question that traffic is worse in many areas around the nation. The economy is doing well, so more people are working, traveling and consuming. The trucking industry is the backbone of consumption, as over 11.2 million trucks in 2015 shuttled goods all over country. Studies come out quite often ranking metro area commutes nationwide or measuring their length (measurements I sometimes question). A brand new data dump from the American Transportation Research Institute shows just how much congestion on the roads costs commercial trucks — in both time and dollars.
 

As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Aero-Robotics and Cycle Counts.

Drones have a wide variety of applications in supply chains - find out how you can use drones to improve your inventory management procedures.


 
BuzzFeed—Trucking has been predicted to be one of the major applications of self-driving technology. In addition to Uber Freight and Embark also making headway in this field, Alphabet’s autonomous car company Waymo is exploring self-driving trucking.
 
The Washington Post—Walmart’s newest tactic in its fight against online giant Amazon: enlisting its employees to deliver online orders on their way home from work. The idea, Walmart executives said, is to cut costs on the so-called last-mile of deliveries, when packages are driven to customers’ homes, often the most expensive part of the fulfillment process.
 
MHI Blog—The problem is a lot of food goes to waste, but also the packaging the food comes in doesn’t break down (plastics) and just sits in landfills, which is bad. Companies are exploring some innovative ways to address this problem. While most of these are still in the development stage, they still represent a good look at sustainable packaging, and perhaps a look at the future?
 
Patch.com—Since 2009, S.C. Johnson has been deploying wind turbines to power its production facilities. Now a new one is up-and-running in Bay City, Michigan.
 
Tri-Boro Storage Products
Vada, LLC
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.
 
Logistics Management—Last month, UPS announced that it rolled out a new service in Europe focused on urgent, time-critical shipments requiring special handling. Called UPS Express Critical, the company said examples of these shipments include things like aircraft parts or surgical tools that are particularly germane to the industries like healthcare, manufacturing and aerospace.
 
MHI Blog—The MHI Career and Technical Education Educators Summit (July 10 in Charlotte, N.C.) is a highly interactive event sponsored by MHI specifically for instructors, program directors, and associations in the area of material handling, logistics, and supply chain. Educators from across the country will be introduced to the latest instructional materials, teaching techniques, and partnership opportunities to advance their career and technical education programs. The targeted educators and administrators are from high schools, technical schools, community colleges, and other organizations with similar training programs.
 
The New York Times—For the environmentally conscious eater, they are among the most inconvenient truths: Too much food goes to waste. Too much packaging comes with the food. And too much of the packaging is made to last for ages. Now there may be a single answer to all three problems: using excess food to make the packaging. A growing number of entrepreneurs and researchers are working to turn foods like mushrooms, kelp, milk and tomato peels into edible — if not always palatable — replacements for plastics, coatings and other packaging materials.
 
Engineering Innovation
Columbia Machine, Inc.
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Forbes—Hackers can penetrate the corporate IT network of a manufacturing company, then gain access to a robot's controller software and, by exploiting a vulnerability remotely, download a tampered configuration file. As a result, instead of a straight line, the robotic arm draws one that is 2 mm off. This minuscule defect, if left unnoticed, could lead to catastrophic effects in this hypothetical example -- this line is responsible for welding the chassis of a car that, if compromised, could result in casualties and a vehicle recall.
 
GeekWire—Amazon just received a patent for a shipping label with a built in parachute to help packages make a soft landing when dropped out of the air by drone or other airborne craft. The parachute label could look and act just like any other shipping label, but underneath is a system of cords, a parachute, a breakaway cover and possibly a harness to keep everything in place.
 
Business Insider—Walmart employees across the US will be preparing for the job with virtual reality headsets by the end of the year. The world's largest retailer announced ahead of its annual shareholders meeting that it has partnered with STRIVR, a virtual reality startup based in Menlo Park that has worked with companies like PepsiCo and professional sports leagues like the NFL.
 
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.
 

 

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