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Supply chain professionals are facing unprecedented challenges. COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of supply chains to react to global disruption and could be the event that finally forces firms, and entire industries, to rethink and transform their global supply chain to more digital, and visible, models.
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MHI Updates
MHI has recently launched four MHI showcase pages on LinkedIn dedicated to ergonomics and safety, warehouse automation, rack safety and overhead lifting in the supply chain and material handling space.
The Overhead Alliance of MHI will hold an Overhead Lifting Safety Webinar Series in September. The webinar series will include presentations and Q&A from industry experts along with a resource guide for overhead lifting including information and tools for best overhead lifting practices and downloadable resources.
The Lift Manufacturers (LIFT) Industry Group of MHI is pleased to announce that they have released two new ANSI standards governing safety requirements for scissor lifts and tilters.
Whether you own an industrial steel storage rack system — or are considering investing in one — ownership comes with a variety of responsibilities. These include ensuring the structure is in compliance with applicable standards and properly maintained for the safety of the personnel working in and around it.
To help workers lift, handle and move heavy objects both safely and ergonomically, workstation cranes can be installed within individual manufacturing and assembly work cells. Designed to handle loads up to 4,000 pounds, these systems reduce the physical exertion, fatigue and risk of injuries associated with lifting and pushing or pulling loads.
Wireless, radio frequency (RF) based crane control has evolved to provide two-way communication, as well as the ability to interface with larger host networks.
MHI Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment (EASE) Industry Group has recently put its Ergonomics Guide for Manual Material Handling in a digital form. Now viewers can access it easily, navigate simply to targeted pages of their choice and they can even search for keywords and topics.
   
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Technology and Innovation
  
Picking and sorting are some of the most labor-intensive jobs in distribution centers. With e-commerce continuing to grow, systems quickly become more complicated. Watch the MHIview video on how AI-enhanced robots are quickly becoming a feasible solution for picking and sorting in distribution centers.
High-density automated vertical storage systems can help factories and warehouses eliminate wastes, significantly optimize manufacturing processes, and dramatically improve efficiency and productivity of the overall operations.
As the pandemic has swept across the world in the past few months, the necessity – and the dangers – of fully operational warehouses have come into public view as never before. Vertical lift modules provide a technological solution to the safety issue for warehouses or factories by managing the space between workers.
ProMat 2019 has been announced as a member of the Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Shows List for yet another year. Thank you to all of the ProMat 2019 exhibitors, staff, partners and attendees for helping to make ProMat 2019 a world class trade show.
   
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Education & Professional Development
The Board of Directors of the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) recently announced its 2020-2021 scholarship winners. A total of $120,100 in scholarships was issued.
Supply Chain Trends
  
There’s no question about it, e-commerce is here to stay and is only becoming a bigger part of our consumer culture through the onset of COVID-19. While this time is hard on many businesses, e-commerce giant Amazon is thriving and plans to grow its Prime Air fleet from 42 to 200 planes in the next seven or eight years.
Gartner recently released the results from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices.
Many organizations have invested in detailed Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), but still experience out-of-stocks, over-stocks or expedites issues. Instead of wondering why you’re chasing short-term execution issues when long-term planning is firing on all cylinders, the answer may be adopting an enterprise-centric view of Sales and Operations Execution (S&OE).
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Leadership
MHI member companies are among the leading suppliers in manufacturing and supply chain, and with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these member companies have been doing amazing things to better the safety of our citizens and the security of our economy.
As part of a Community Impact initiative, MHI has donated to local Charlotte-area organizations that are helping those affected by COVID-19. MHI donated a total of $48,050 to different organizations.
Global Trade
As we consider some of the economic chaos of the first half of the year, let’s look at two likely expectations and two big uncertainties for the second half of the year and beyond.