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Transportation plays a central role in supply chains, whether they are local or global enterprises. And just like the overall supply chain, transportation is facing a digital revolution including new solutions for tracking road, rail, sea and air freight and parcel transportation. The new issue of MHI Solutions tackles this important topic with best practices and real-world examples of how leading firms are investing in transportation and logistics technology and seeing big payoffs.
Innovation. Quality. Service
The Raymond Corporation
It takes a lot to be a global leader. It takes a proud history of engineering material handling solutions that lead the way in innovation. It takes skilled and talented people committed to constant improvement. It requires a level of service that offers end-to-end solutions that anticipate customers’ needs.
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MHI Updates
  
MHI recently launched a blog that concentrates on material handling ergonomics and safety. The EASE and ProGMA Industry Groups of MHI collaborated on the creation of this new informational and news resource for manufacturing and supply chain professionals. The MHI Material Handling Safety Blog will feature regular updates from industry experts on the latest trends and technologies in this space.
On a regular basis throughout the year, MHI releases videos as part of its MHIview platform. MHIview is an innovative video approach to education that illustrates and informs on the latest and emerging trends in the material handling and supply chain industry. These are the top eight videos of 2019.
Material handling is an essential part of supply chains around the world and is a vital part of our growing digital economy. This is why MHI worked with Oxford Economics to produce the first-ever Economic Impact Report. MHI commissioned this report with Oxford Economics to quantify the economic impact that this vital industry has across all industries and regions of the United States. That impact in 2018 amounted to more than $173.2 billion in GDP, as well as $39.3 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments.
A soil classification is assigned to a location based on the characteristics of the types of soils present, including the ability of the soil to withstand the weight of the structures built on it. Therefore, it’s important to have this information available for a rack design engineer, as the soil classification contributes to the overall geological and seismic risk determination.
   
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When the Doors are Open
Berner International Corporation
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Technology and Innovation
  
Starting on March 9, your supply chain possibilities are endless at MODEX 2020. Find solutions for all your supply chain challenges on the MODEX show floor where over 950 of the industry’s leading providers are showing the latest equipment and technology. See the options in-person and in-action and find out how to transform the possibilities into reality.
AGVs—computer-controlled, wheel-based load carriers that travel throughout a facility to retrieve, transport and deliver loads from one point to another—are a flexible solution that supplements the human workforce and enables reassignment of associates to more challenging, value-added and productive tasks. Here, we dispel four common misconceptions about AGVs.
Overhead handling solutions like cranes, monorails and hoists are on the cutting edge of load lifting, transport and positioning. And, like the vast majority of material handling equipment, these systems have only grown in their capabilities as they’ve been enhanced with the latest available safety and productivity boosting technologies. Indeed, many of today’s overhead lifting systems are outfitted with as many as seven key technologies to help their owners ensure the safety of their operation while increasing handling speed and precision.
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The 2019 holiday season saw a record number of people anxiously waiting for their last packages to arrive before Christmas. Very few have an appreciation for just how amazing today’s fulfillment and delivery systems operate. According to MHI’s Freight by the Numbers infographic, 49.3 million tons of freight moves through the U.S. transportation system each day and customers are expecting shorter delivery time on their packages. In a comparison of last-mile carrier share of Amazon.com packages, the average number of delivery days decreased from 5.5 days in 2016- 2017 to 3.9 days in 2018-2019.
To truly understand e-commerce’s impact on supply chains, follow the movement of goods through the middle mile, e.g. from port to warehouse/DC, between warehouse and from warehouse to e-commerce storage areas.
By its very definition, intermodal is a web of deeply connected functions. As one part is impacted, it often creates a ripple effect. Heading into 2020, though, intermodal trends have the added complexity of outside forces creating a lot of volatility.
   
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Education & Professional Development
MHI and MHEDA are partnering to bring you an afternoon of professional development and networking featuring Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR,US Navy (Ret.), a leader who will deliver an engaging keynote with humor, fascinating stories and a wealth of experience. This year’s focus is on Change Management and will include an interactive workshop that will provide tools you can put into action!
Supply Chain Trends
  
New year means new supply chain possibilities and MODEX 2020 is your best opportunity to find them. By attending MODEX you’ll see what’s coming—and take advantage of it to power your manufacturing and supply chain operations for years to come. Here are five reasons MODEX will help you step into the new year feeling prepared for future supply chain challenges.
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Manufacturing
  
You don’t have to look too closely to see that technology is having a profound impact on how factories operate today. The application of technology is making the process of manufacturing increasingly intelligent and dynamic—allowing the concept of a smart factory to become a reality.
   
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Workforce
  
According to the report, “Skill Shift: Automation and the Future of the Workforce,” by the McKinsey Global Institute, the demand for social and emotional skills will grow rapidly with the adoption of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. While these skills have always had their place in the toolbox of employees and leaders, the need for mastery will be crucial in the new future of work. These are skills that machines cannot replace, at least not yet.