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Engaging a third-party logistics (3PL) service provider for outsourced logistics and supply chain services has become a common practice among companies of all sizes. Indeed, research from 3PL consultancy Armstrong & Associates finds that 90% of domestic Fortune 500 companies work with at least one 3PL—a statistic that’s nearly doubled since the firm began tracking this data in 2001. Learn some of the key ingredients needed as companies and their 3PL service providers define and create win-win partnerships, as well as how they measure success.
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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 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. In addition, the report found that the material handling industry supported nearly 1.6 million jobs in 2018, and workers in the industry earn $73,900 annual income on average.
MHI will preview the 2020 Annual Industry Report, "Embracing the Digital Mindset: Connecting Data, Talent and Technology in Digital Supply Chains," during the March 11 keynote panel at MODEX. During the keynote, Thomas Boykin of Deloitte will join George W. Prest, CEO of MHI to present the findings of the 2020 report that details the innovations that are driving this change from traditional to digital supply chains. This is the seventh MHI Annual Industry Report released by MHI in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting.
Products arrive in warehouses and distribution centers on any number of pallet types these days: two-way entry, four-way entry, skids, slip-sheets, nine-block and more. To ensure that a rack system will safely support the type(s) of pallet(s) an operation is using, it’s critical to share all pallet construction and load details with the rack design engineer to ensure a safe operation and work environment. That’s because the storage rack system is designed specifically to work with a given type of pallet and load, taking into account—among many additional factors—the distribution of the load weight.
The Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS) Industry Group of MHI has rebranded as the Mobile Automation Group (MAG). The updated name and changed logo is part of a larger overall branding restructuring as a response to the changing face of the industry. Mobile automation in supply chain continues to evolve and change and the MAG is committed to evolve alongside to give its customers the best solutions for their needs.
   
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Available warehouse space is at a premium and operations managers are looking for solutions. Specifically, automated solutions—such as automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), including vertical lift modules (VLMs), horizontal and vertical carousels, cranes and unit loads, shuttles and cube-based systems. While the initial capital investment is not insignificant, the tremendous cost savings an ASRS solution can deliver will contribute greatly to the overall return on investment. Here’s a look at the immediate and long-term savings an ASRS will deliver in three key categories.
  
Advancements in technology over the past several years have led to a rise in robotics and automation in the supply chain. More recently automated mobile robots, or AMRs, have been rising in popularity because they navigate along the most efficient route based on current conditions. View the new video on the benefits of AMRs.
MHI recently announced the finalists for the 2020 MHI Innovation Awards. After receiving 155 submissions from MODEX 2020 exhibitors, five independent judges completed the initial vetting process. The winners will be announced during Industry Night at MODEX 2020.
Typically utilized as an alternative to lift trucks or fixed, floor-mounted conveyor systems, monorails transport heavy, bulky materials throughout a facility or process, then position the loads. By relieving workers from the strains associated with lifting and pushing or pulling loads, monorails improve worker safety and ergonomics. Additionally, monorails free up floorspace, increase performance and throughput, and provide highly efficient movement with precise positioning.
   
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One of the most consistent trends seen across all six of MHI’s Annual Industry Reports is respondents placing a lack of available talent as the biggest barrier to the implementation of digital technologies. But with more graduates with a holistic supply chain perspective entering the market than ever before, perhaps it’s no longer as difficult for companies to find the right people as it is to actually hire them.
Did you know that U.S. companies spend $94 billion on workers’ compensation costs annually? Improving ergonomics can have a significant impact on reducing those workers’ compensation costs. Here are a few statistics that detail why companies need to be proactive as (opposed to reactive) to reduce both risks and costs.