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The pandemic has thrown many challenges into supply chains, and rarely have leaders faced such complex and changing conditions. What COVID-19 revealed is that many supply chains grew brittle in their decades-long quest for cost-savings while others that invested in emerging technologies and risk-planning proved to be agile and resilient enough to survive, and even thrive, during the pandemic induced disruption.
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Supply chain solutions are more critical to business success than ever before. How do you keep up with increasing customer demands and competitive pressures? MHI has created the ProMat Digital Experience, a new digital event to power up manufacturing and supply chain professionals by giving them critical access to the latest solutions needed to improve resiliency and agility in their operations.
Please welcome John Paxton, MHI’s new Chief Executive Officer, as he steps into this role within our association. Paxton brings over 30 years of industry experience to our organization. Through his involvement with MHI, he has served as MHI COO/CEO Designate and MHI Chairman of the Board, as well as President of CMAA and HMI.
Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors – or VRCs – offer one of the most efficient ways of moving heavy materials up or down between two or more fixed levels. A VRC is a type of conveyor that typically travels between one to ten stories carrying loads of up to 200,000 pounds at varying speeds. VRCs are gaining popularity in the material handling industry because of their cost effectiveness, safety features, and ability to optimize operations.
   
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The MHI Board of Governors has approved an endowment of $50,000 to create the George W. Prest Scholarship Fund to recognize and thank George for his leadership and many accomplishments during his 10 years as CEO of MHI. The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduates who are pursuing a material handling, logistics or supply chain career beginning with the 2022/2023 academic year.
The Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI) has updated its existing publication, Guidelines for the Assessment and Repair or Replacement of Damaged Rack, with the latest information as a reference for owners and users of industrial pallet rack systems.
What to Know When Selecting Self-Driving Equipment
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Autonomous material handling equipment like smart, self-driving fork trucks, pallet trucks, and tuggers are becoming a standard tool for facility operations and are often key for maximizing throughput and staying competitive. Download the easy-to-understand, side-by-side comparison of the different operating platforms – see what they are, how each works, and understand why the industry has moved on from AGVs & VGVs automation to the advanced fully autonomous AMR equipment.
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Designed to work safely and collaboratively alongside their human counterparts, interest in collaborative robots (cobots) has been on the rise. While part of that uptick can be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, which will likely accelerate the adoption of cobots throughout manufacturing and distribution centers, it’s not the only contributor.
Overhead lifting solutions — including cranes, hoists, monorails, and workstation cranes — not only improve the efficiency and productivity of an operation, they also offer significant workplace safety advantages.
   
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Capital equipment purchases deserve careful planning, especially if it’s a long-term contract or equipment that lasts for many years, like rugged computers for your warehouse operations. Crafting a well-defined Request for Proposal (RFP) is critical for getting the most effective and cost-competitive solution, but it takes a considerable amount of effort and there are quite a few pitfalls. Let’s look at three of the most common mistakes of issuing an RFP.
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Remember the days when supply chain remained behind the scenes, operating mostly without the public’s awareness? Since the disruption COVID-19 has brought to supply chains in both large and small retail organizations, consumers have increased their demands out of necessity including fast shipping, advanced e-commerce options, curbside pickup — not to mention a seamless user experience. If a retail organization has fallen behind in supply chain technology and operations, the consumer knows.
The organizations whose supply chains were aggressive about pre-pandemic investments in the digital technologies that enable them to serve e-commerce customers prove to be the most successful at weathering the coronavirus storm.
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Leaders in business have the ability to drive employee innovation by improving their experience at work. Employees that are excited to come to work, feel fairly treated and feel they are doing something valuable for their organization are more likely to offer great ideas. Before you can create an environment where innovation can thrive, you must understand how your employees feel.
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“Safety first.” It’s something all supply chain organizations strive for, yet some facilities have better safety records than others. Here, four safety training experts share strategies that help reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries and fatalities.
Are your employees safe? They may have protective gear, complete all the required safety training, and operate in a clean work environment. Yes, they may be physically safe, but are they psychologically safe?
The past several years has seen a rise in workplace conversation about inclusion. But it’s important to understand that diversity is more than just ticking a box. Diversity in your workforce, which can include gender, race, age, sexuality and socioeconomic class, will be critical to exceeding in the new market place.