Emulate3D Ltd.
MHI BlogAs more and more customers, investors and employees demand them, sustainable business practices are becoming an integral part of what makes a company and their products unique and valuable.
 
Bloomberg—Supply chains have been affected by factory operations suspended under sweeping environmental inspections in China. These factories range from chemicals to electronics to textiles, creating a crunch at its ports and uncertain timelines for deliveries.
 
Material Handling & Logistics—Clunky payment practices are causing friction in U.S. business’ supply chain. The average U.S. business loses $171,340 per year.
 
EBN—Artificial intelligence and machine learning are dominating news headlines and events across a wide range of industries. As business segments begin to adopt these technologies in meaningful ways, the $4 trillion logistics industry still runs in a largely analog fashion.
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Vidir Inc.
The Wall Street Journal—Several Southeast seaports that shut down ahead of Hurricane Irma say they will be able to reopen in the next 48 hours, allowing badly needed shipments of fuel, food and other goods to make their way into the region.
 
Logistics Viewpoints—There are a number of challenges with scaling additive manufacturing in the supply chain. However, manufacturers with staff dedicated to this technology can overcome these obstacles.
 
Reuters—A U.S. trucking trade group and truck maker Navistar International Corp urged a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday to include self-driving commercial trucks in proposed legislation intended to speed autonomous vehicles to market.
 
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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As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this episode focuses on Smart City Logistics and Last Mile Delivery.

As part of MHI's ongoing video programming, this new episode focuses on Smart City Logistics and Last Mile Delivery. It is Episode Three in the 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report Update Series. As urban populations increase and e-commerce continues to gain popularity, supply chains are contending with the challenge of making deliveries in dense urban areas. Taking advantage of smart cities' data collection capabilities is just the first step on the long road to developing comprehensive smarty city logistics.

 
Supply Chain Dive—The Sept. 11 terrorist strikes were a wake-up call to the government on border security, resulting in greater inspection of freight coming in and identifying shippers. Since then, government agencies and industry stakeholders worked together to improve safety without compromising the speedy movement of product.
 
The Wall Street Journal—Federal and state officials have given truckers until December to install electronic monitors that track their time on the road. The new devices are meant to make highways safer by keeping drivers from overshooting the hours they are supposed to drive.
 
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
Vada, LLC
MHI Blog—When we first heard that MHI would be transitioning to an open office environment there were mixed feelings among staff. After all, it was a big change and with change comes uncertainty. Now, after a long summer of construction the renovation is finally complete and it’s hard to deny how beautiful our new office space turned out. Let’s take a tour.
 
Maritime Executive—According to the Shanghai International Shipping Institute’s Global Port Development Report, the World Bank forecast a global GDP growth rate of 2.7 percent in the second quarter, the growth rate remaining stable on the whole.
 
Progressive Grocer—In the southeastern U.S., grocery retailers continue to assess damages caused by Hurricane Irma, with many chains gradually opening up stores and restocking shelves this week.
 
Engineering Innovation
Columbia Machine, Inc.
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—Transportation has taken a backseat when it comes to third-party logistics providers. However, true transparency must be achieved through better communication and better connected teams.
 
KOAM—After hurricanes Harvey and Irma, destruction in Texas and Florida has resulted in a massive demand for goods.
 
Bloomberg—Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reorganizing its U.S. store operations to simplify the sprawling business, part of a bid to maintain growth and compete with the likes of Amazon.com Inc.
 
KQED—SB 595, which won final passage Thursday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, provides for a vote in the nine Bay Area counties next year to raise bridge tolls by as much as $3.
 
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