MHISolutionsmag.com—In the Charlotte, NC region—where MHI is headquartered—at least two programs exist that introduce students as early as middle school to careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields: the STEM Development Foundation (stemdevelopmentfoundation.org) and the Passport to STEM initiative at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) (cpcc.edu/stem). MHI’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, as well as a few MHI member companies located within the area, have both sponsored and participated in activities presented by these programs.
The distribution centers of the future are likely to be largely automated. But while it’s a benefit in the short term for productivity, widespread adoption of automation could have longer term impacts.
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MHI Blog—Blockchain has become a pretty big buzzword lately. And while buzzwords tend to be overdrawn and overhyped, there is always a core reason that they become buzzwords. And the reason for blockchain’s buzz? Security.MHI Blog—Blockchain has become a pretty big buzzword lately. And while buzzwords tend to be overdrawn and overhyped, there is always a core reason that they become buzzwords. And the reason for blockchain’s buzz? Security.
Environmental Leader—Blockchain technology is being taken seriously, especially when it comes to improving traceability in the food supply chain. Over the past year, IBM has been testing this technology with companies such as Nestlé, Unilever and Walmart, and the reports are starting to come in.
EBN—The growth of the technology on the floor and in the warehouse is also spreading into the service, sales and aftermarket areas. Being able to digitally transform pages of printed reports into concise files and linking together data from all types of sources and systems are just two ways the advancements in technology are positively affecting these areas.
Inbound Logistics—Disruptive technologies, such as AI, and the companies that are leveraging them are creating a data-driven supply chain process that is more seamless, according to a recent study in the Moving Forward research series from Panasonic Corporation of North America.
Modern Materials Handling—Supply chain leaders target inventory, accuracy and visibility with analytics, but must first escape from limited legacy systems, according to data gathered in a survey conducted by Logility and APICS.
IndustryWeek—General Motors is exploring ways to “blend” a variety of roles (in manufacturing operations, on the shop floor, in manufacturing engineering and in IT) in order to come up with plans for an ideal, technology-advanced plant. They are finding that integrating the latest tech on the plant floor requires cross-functional teams (and level heads).
SupplyChainBrain—Customer expectations are continuously evolving, and every business wants to innovate and differentiate itself to grow revenue without compromising margins. A customer experience-driven supply chain is an absolute necessity toward achieving these seemingly divergent goals.
Transport Topics—Uber Technologies Inc. announced it has halted its self-driving truck program. Instead, it will focus the technology on its fleet of passenger cars and employees focused on self-driving trucks will shift to other work that supports Uber’s ongoing development of self-driving technology.
SupplyChainDigest—Soaring transportation costs are causing havoc with budgets and profits, so companies are brainstorming on ways to reduce those costs and implement ideas that could help balance out those bottomlines.
MHI Blog—Many articles about robots in the distribution center include predictions of large scale job losses. “Robots Replace People” is a good, attention-grabbing headline, but the truth is more complicated. The reality is that robots and people will be working side-by-side in warehouses for years to come
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Global Trade—CSCMP released its 29th Annual State of Logistics Report, which presents an overview of the economy over the past year, key trends and total logistics costs. Some areas highlighted in the report include the growth of e-commerce, increasing costs of shipping, continued driver shortages and the rise of technology in the supply chain.