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The supply chain industry has been relatively cautious in adopting technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics (AA) and artificial intelligence (AI). But that’s changing as companies realize the benefits of digital supply chain technology. IoT and predictive analytics, in particular, are providing payoffs for early adopters.
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ProMat is a top trade show in supply chain and manufacturing and has been consistently named one of the best supply chain events in 2019. Over 45,000 attendees will come to ProMat April 8-11 in Chicago to find their supply chain WOW – that trend or technology that will take their supply chain to the next level of success. Of course, we think ProMat is the place to be, but don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what the industry has to say about ProMat 2019.
Don't miss this webinar presented by MHI Industry Group Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS). Learn how small to mid-size retailers can increase productivity and boost the bottom line when going from manual to automated picking for e-commerce.
When the material handling and logistics industry’s premier event, ProMat 2019, opens on April 8 it will include collocated sessions of the Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) Summit presented by Robotics Business Review.
This year MHI Industry Night at ProMat 2019 will feature entertainment by Craig Ferguson, a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author and actor. You might know Ferguson from hosting the American late-night talk show called Late Late Show, or for his role on the American game show Celebrity Name Game, but do you know these ten things about his life and career?
   
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Keep it cozy this winter with Berner Air Curtains. Do your clients struggle with keeping costs down and productivity up when it’s cold outside? Learn how Royal Wine in New Jersey saves energy and provides warmer working conditions in the shipping area of their food processing and distribution center using Berner.
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Technology and Innovation
  
As companies learn from their first tentative steps piloting NextGen tech pilot projects, more are beginning to deploy these solutions within select portions of their supply chain operations. MHI Solutions shares four examples of NextGen technology deployments from a handful of top supply chains, with insights from corporate leaders about lessons learned and successes achieved.
Human error is always a possibility, but what about the machine? In our age of increasingly artificial intelligence, can a computer be wrong? AI is really about the amount and quality of data that’s available. Decisions are made based on historical data, and if there is not enough data available—or the data is not the correct kind—it won’t work.
Material handling and supply chain systems are becoming markedly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Over time, material handling devices are connected with corporate networks, so they can integrate and share information across the enterprise. This helps the companies to monitor and manage operations remotely, but it also increases the chances of cyberattacks.
Automated storage and retrieval systems are computer-controlled systems that automatically place and retrieve inventory within a distribution facility and they are the key to increasing throughput. But due to some misconceptions, many DC operators believe AS/RS isn’t right for their facility. This MHI view video separates myth from fact when it comes to AS/RS solutions.
Transportation
  
With an exponential increase in people and vehicles carrying out deliveries in densely populated urban environments, cities and logistics providers need to collaborate to address the common challenges of the final 50 feet. One common challenge is the need to reduce the time a delivery truck stays parked in a loading zone. Learn what cities and logistics providers are doing to identify and optimize loading space usage.
   
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Education & Professional Development
  
Every summer, MHI’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program presents the CTE Educators Summit. This event brings together educators from the universities, community colleges, technical schools, high schools and correctional facilities who teach students the skills necessary to succeed in jobs in warehousing, distribution, logistics and supply chain.
Supply Chain Trends
  
Merriam-Webster defines the term “Holy Grail” as “an object or goal that is sought after for its great significance.” And what could be more significant in supply chain than the achievement of end-to-end visibility—in real-time—for making decisions that increase efficiency, reduce cost and/or create an amazing customer experience?
The Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) at the University of Tennessee recently came out with a white paper, Supply Chain Integration Strategy, that redefines the end-to-end integration of the supply chain using a more robust data-based approach.
Working in a refrigerated warehouse or distribution center should not mean employees have to be as tough as NFL players who take the field in the middle of winter wearing short sleeves. And it doesn’t, at least not anymore, thanks to the innovations taking place in the automated guided vehicle (AGV) industry.
In recent years, fruits, vegetables and meat products have all been susceptible to some sort of scare. Tracking down the cause of the contaminated product sometimes can take months. Blockchain is starting to make its way into food. While safety—thanks to the visibility blockchain offers—is at the top of the positives, there are other ways that it could benefit food and farmers around the world.
Manufacturing
  
Industry 4.0 is offering manufacturing, distribution and supply chain companies the capability to completely reinvent the way they run their operations. The primary protagonist behind this revolution is data. Deploying a robust data-capable network solution that links all devices within an enterprise is therefore crucial.
   
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Women in supply chain and material handling aren’t quite the anomaly they once were. But we’re still nowhere near parity. In 2018, women made up 37 percent of the total supply chain workforce, and 14 percent of CSCOs, SVPs, EVPs or CPOs reporting to the CEO. Increasing the visibility of women leaders is one of the most important things companies can do to impact recruitment and retention, as well as advancement of women to senior levels.
It’s not news that employees are bringing their personal devices to work. An iPass study on mobile professionals found that 83% of employees use their smartphones to access cloud-based apps for work. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) usage for both work and personal activities remains common—including throughout supply chains. The potential downside: cybersecurity threats.
Global Trade
  
The U.S. economy and most material handling equipment manufacturers enjoyed solid growth in 2018. But the outlook for 2019 and 2020 is not as strong. This does not mean a Great Recession is brewing. But after many years of positive U.S. economic expansion, slower growth appears likely in coming quarters.