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Kroger recently published a guide of best practices and business advice on business re-entry during COVID-19 titled “Blueprint for Businesses.” This Blueprint is part of Kroger’s initiative to share what they have learned during the pandemic, including best practices and protocols with government leaders, retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, logistics companies and others as they take steps to develop protocols and procedures to reopen the economy safely.
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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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The talent shortage has long been a top concern in our industry and MHI’s 2020 Annual Industry Report aims to address this holistically. It provides recommendations on how companies can adopt new innovations, establish positive culture, standardize processes and provide continuous training to reskill, recruit and retain their workforce. A key component of this journey, and the focus of this episode, is data.
Considering an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) to enhance your facility’s inventory density? If so, consider spending 30 minutes viewing the recording of “Determining What ASRS Solution Is Best for My Application,” a free, on-floor seminar presented at MODEX 2020 this past March in Atlanta.
To ensure both full support from company leadership and a successful ergonomic initiative, follow these three steps.
Drive-in rack, engineered for highly dense storage of multiple pallets of uniform product, delivers space savings by eliminating multiple travel and access aisles. Loaded and unloaded by counterbalanced forklifts that elevate each load to its storage destination position height prior to entering the structure, safety and precision are of extreme importance when using drive-in rack.
The Vertical Reciprocating Conveyer (VRC) subcommittee of MHI’s Conveyor & Sortation Systems Industry Group has published an at-a-glance reference document of VRC technology. VRCs are vertical conveyors that efficiently move material vertically between two or more fixed elevations. They are used in commercial buildings, factories, warehouses, industrial plants and retail stores or anywhere that material or products need to be moved from one level to another.
   
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Berner International Corporation
Berner Industrial Air Curtains: Maintain temperatures, keep out flying insects, protect perishables, de-stratify the air. Made in U.S.A., we make it easy to reliably give your customer an energy saving solution for the Shipping & Receiving doors.  Berner air curtains are engineered to perform, built to last, and are simple to install, operate, & maintain.
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A recent video produced by MHIview explores “Designing Robotics with the Workforce in Mind,” a delve into how today’s collaborative robotic solutions are being engineered and programmed to support an existing labor pool—not to replace them. That’s because these autonomous mobile robots fit seamlessly into existing space, adapting to their surroundings rather than requiring a permanent installation like traditional automated solutions. Because of their inherent flexibility and adaptability, these robotic systems free workers from simple, repetitive work and allow them to instead perform more valuable tasks.
Demands for faster, more efficient service continue to rise throughout the supply chain. To combat this, more firms are turning to collaborative robotics and automation to augment their workforce. These smaller collaborative robots safely work alongside people and are a big boost for e-commerce and other operations.
While nothing can match the power of attending the face-to-face expo, MODEX 365 delivers the latest equipment and technology solutions and education in a digital format to meet the immediate needs of manufacturing and supply chain professionals. MODEX 365 provides instant access to virtual booth showcases, show news, expo videos, webinars, podcasts and more, directly from the MODEX 2020 expo.
   
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The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has dealt with many disasters over the last 10 years but facing COVID-19 has presented unique challenges. Unlike a fire, flood or hurricane that creates physical barriers and hinders the transportation of food and supplies, COVID-19 has created challenges related to policies, guidance and a scarcity of essential supplies. To help businesses keep the supply chain moving across the country, ALAN has created the Supply Chain Intelligence Center.
MHI CEO, George Prest, and Thomas Boykin of Deloitte, discuss the theme of the 2020 MHI Annual Industry Report—embracing the digital mindset—in this new MHIcast podcast.
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Conducting periodic rack inspections to verify that a facility’s industrial steel storage rack complies with applicable standards are not only recommended by RMI, they’re also the best way to ensure the safety and performance of the system. The inspections enable workers to remain productive, as they are able to perform their assigned tasks without risk of injury or downtime from a rack failure.