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When the largest manufacturing and supply chain expo of 2020, MODEX, opens on March 9 it will include over 950 exhibits from leading solution providers and a comprehensive conference of 4 keynotes and 150 sessions. MODEX will include keynotes from Nikki Haley, Tan Le, Peyton and Archie Manning and feature new theaters focused on the Industrial Internet of Things, emerging supply chain technology and transportation and logistics solutions.
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Committing to regular, routine inspections of industrial steel storage racking is a key measure toward ensuring the safety and performance of a rack structure. To help rack owners and facility operators perform such inspections, RMI’s recent ProMat 2019 presentation, “Storage Rack Safety 101,” includes a checklist of areas to examine.
 
In 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems. The ruling was intended to help update regulations to meet advancements in best practices, but the 513-page document was… confusing, to say the least. Given the critical role that guardrail plays in helping warehouses and distribution centers achieve compliance with this regulation, we thought we’d help you out and dig into the ruling and explain how you can comply with the regulations with essential protective equipment.
   
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With the cost of real estate and rents still high, a lot of manufacturing and distribution facilities miss out on an easy way to optimize their existing structure’s space while simultaneously improving workflow: overhead lifting equipment. By adding cranes, hoists and monorails to an operation, a company can take advantage of the overhead space in their buildings, achieving spatial and throughput gains that floor-based transport and placement equipment cannot.
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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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The cost of global parcel delivery, excluding pickup, line-haul and sorting, is more than $78.5 billion, with last mile delivery costs reaching or exceeding 50% of the total. The growth of parcel deliveries will continue to increase, with volumes doubling by 2026, and business-to-consumer deliveries increasing from 40% of the total to 50%. Along with this growth, logistics providers face sustainability challenges as the effect of CO2 and other emissions from traditional vehicles in congested areas cause concern for consumers and lawmakers. It is a worldwide challenge that is being met with smart urban solutions that incorporate electric vehicles and centralized pick-up hubs.
   
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Lean Factory America, LLC
   
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Consumers are becoming more interested in making environmentally friendly decisions when it comes to their buying habits and the brands to which they are loyal. Studies have found anywhere from 80-85% of consumers are more likely to buy from a company with a reputation for sustainability than from a neutral company, if their prices are equal. Leading firms are tapping into this mindset by building more sustainable operations to drive long-term brand loyalty and competitive advantage while having bottom line impacts on efficiency and profitability.
With the recent media focus (both traditional and social) on pollution, global warming, resource depletion, landfill limitations and food waste, the concept of zero waste is creeping increasingly into the public’s awareness. Likewise, companies worldwide are feeling both internal and external pressures to operate more sustainably as both materials costs and consumer expectations for better corporate citizenship rise.
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Companies worldwide are putting innovation behind their sustainability mandates, deploying technology, collaborations, innovation and partnerships to work both for the preservation of the planet and to enhance their bottom lines. Here are six real-life case studies featuring green solutions implemented across multiple supply chains and industries.
Toshiba America Business Solutions’ product packaging didn’t allow for the double stacking of the packages in shipping containers because the top stack would be two inches too tall to fit in a container. As a result, containers would have to be shipped nearly half empty. But reducing the height of the casters and pallets the packages were placed on allowed for double stacking – lowering costs and in the process lowering the carbon going into the atmosphere from the ocean container ships because you’re doubling what’s going onto these ships. You’re saving money and it’s also better for the environment.
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As more and more warehouses and fulfillment operations explore opportunities to add automation to their processes, they’re also recognizing that not everyone in their current workforce possesses the skills to work with and/or maintain those systems. That’s means—as the repetitive tasks previously performed by employees shift onto the automated system—workers who are most comfortable with touchscreens, digital displays and control systems will be at an advantage over those who aren’t. To address those skills deficits, here are six recommendations for staffing automated distribution centers.