Emulate3D Ltd.
 
   
MHISolutionsmag.com—For the fifth year, MHI honored their event exhibitors who have created the most innovative products and solutions in our industry. A record 153 total submissions were received, an increase from 95 entrants at MODEX 2016. It’s clear evidence that ProMat exhibitors are dedicated to continuous improvement of the industry that makes supply chains work.
 
Modern Materials Handling—Integral to the smooth running of any warehouse and DC are barcode readers. The rapid growth of e-commerce and omni-channel distribution has placed new demands on the age-old barcode scanning setups that many companies are using today.
 
SupplyChainDive—As the sophistication of spend grows in the complex end-to end supply chain, creating and administering comprehensive contracts is a critical skillset for managing multi-level supplier relations. That responsibility falls squarely on the procurement organization.
 
International Business Times—Commercial use of drones, especially by large-scale delivery companies such as UPS and Amazon, could have a significant implication on the logistics industry. A report from Flexport shows these deliveries will reduce wait times and labor costs especially within last-mile delivery.
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Vidir Inc.
Industry Week—The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card, compiled by Conexus Indiana for the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research, recently doled out rankings on how states have done in the areas of manufacturing and logistics.
 
EBN—Companies are innovating new ways to improve, making them stronger, more flexible, and nimbler. There are two types of innovation: one is proactive innovation to lead an industry forward and the other is necessitated innovation spawned by something outside of an organization’s control. Looking at the latest trends in the supply chain sector, both kinds of innovation are front and center.
 
SupplyChainBrain—The modern-day retail D.C. is an omnichannel operation. But how can warehouses make it work? Robotics furnishes at least part of the answer, says Michael Hazelden, senior vice president of product strategy with OrderDynamics. The technology can play a crucial role in handling both large quantities of product and individual items.
 
Facility Safety: When a Doorway Isn't a Doorway
Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc.
Upper levels of enclosed elevated platforms often feature a set of doors that appear to be a doorway to another area of the mezzanine. However, if you were to open these doors you would discover that they do not lead to a room or a hallway, but instead lead to open space and the ground level below. This is an instance when a doorway isn’t a doorway, but rather a pallet drop area where a lift truck would load material up to these upper levels. Many times, swinging doors are put in place to enclose the mezzanine for climate or air control, and because there is a door in place, it’s often considered safe, but it is not, and can pose great risk to employees.
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The Wall Street Journal—Package-delivery companies ramped up hiring in June for the third month in a row, swellingpayrolls in a sector that has grown as more consumers shop online. Parcel carriers and delivery firms added 4,200 jobs last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its June jobs report released Friday. The boost brought overall employment in that sector to 666,500 jobs, the highest point since December 2016, when e-commerce sales surged ahead of the holidays.
 
MHI Blog—ProMat 2017 marked the fourteenth consecutive year that MHI has welcomed students and their instructors to Student Days. Since 2015, the event includes an extensive schedule of Classroom Day activities within the walls of McCormick Place on Wednesday, and a second day of off-site distribution center tours hosted by companies within the Chicagoland area.
 
The New York Times—Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry. About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.
 
Tri-Boro Storage Products
Vada, LLC
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Transport Topics—Highway tractors with 6×2 power configurations have been heralded as an important technology for improving fuel mileage, but fleet owners have been hesitant in selecting the systems because they have a tendency to run through tires more quickly and because diesel is less costly than it was earlier this decade.
 
Bloomberg—Cosco Shipping Holdings Co. offered $6.3 billion to acquire the container carrier controlled by former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa’s family in a deal that would catapult the mainland Chinese group into the world’s third-largest shipping line.
 
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly—The supply chain management (SCM) software market will exceed US$13 billion in total revenue by the end of 2017, up 11 percent from 2016, according to the technology research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. This increase puts the market on pace to exceed $19 billion by 2021, as software-as-a-service (SaaS) enables new revenue opportunities, analysts said in the research note "Forecast Overview: Supply Chain Management, Worldwide, 2016 Update."
 
Engineering Innovation
Columbia Machine, Inc.
EBN—Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the heart and soul of many electronic devices, but the complexity of PCB design, procurement, and manufacturing processes creates many opportunities for failure issues. In addition, organizational silos that exist between design engineering, manufacturing engineering, and procurement can exacerbate these risks.
 
SupplyChainBrain—What if manufacturing came back to the U.S., and there weren't enough people to fill the jobs? Let's start by exploding a common misconception. American manufacturing is not on the decline. U.S. manufacturing production has grown by 11 percent since the dotcom bust of 2000 and the recessions of 2001 and 2007, according to a new report from the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and Conexus Indiana. According to CBER director Michael Hicks, 2015 was a "record" year for manufacturing production in inflation-adjusted dollars.
 
MIT Technology Review—Researchers in China have teleported a photon from the ground to a satellite orbiting more than 500 kilometers above.Teleportation has become a standard operation in quantum optics labs around the world. The technique relies on the strange phenomenon of entanglement.
 
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