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MHI Blog—As we inch slowly closer toward the 2018 MHI Annual Conference, which is in Orlando, FL, this year, we want to start teasing some of the awesome stuff we have planned. If you’ve been on the event website (if you haven’t, SHAME. Go now -> mhi.org/conference), you’ll be able to see that we’ve got some sweet, sweet education sessions mapped out, so here’s a quick overview.
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As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this episode focuses on The Economic Impact of Automation Adoption.
 
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.

 

MHI—The Hard and Soft Benefits of Owning AGVs, a webinar being presented by Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS), will be taking place September 20 at 2 p.m. EDT. This webinar will outline the benefits of AGVs, including sample ROI formulas, and also discuss soft benefits not often used in ROI calculations. The result will be a better understanding of how AGVs can be a powerful cost-effective automation tool.

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Technology and Innovation
NACS—The supermarket chain Kroger is testing robotic vehicles at a Fry’s store in Arizona. The robotic vehicle brings groceries from the store to a customer’s house. While a human is present during the test runs, the plan is to remove the human “driver” in the fall and continue testing with unmanned autonomous vehicles.
  
Logistics Management—The cloud could be the most impactful of all NextGen technologies, largely due to its use as a backbone of data interchanges but also because of its ability to optimize supply chain performance on a broad scale.
Modern Materials Handling—Not every facility has experienced maintenance technicians at the ready. With a combination of video, augmented reality and more, smart glasses provide a direct link to remote technicians who know how to guide others to get equipment back up and running.
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Supply Chain Trends
Material Handling & Logistics—Is your business at risk due to unethical supply chain practices? Transparency is becoming more important – and is even a law in some states. Topping the reasons for this push for more transparency are slave labor and environmental concerns, such as ocean waste.
Supply Chain Dive—Evolving clientele, constrained working conditions and pressure to take advantage of every layover push airport retailers to up their offerings and tighten their supply chains.
   
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MHI Blog—To minimize the risk of a pallet load and/or handling equipment colliding with a rack column or another load—creating an unsafe situation—storage rack design engineers incorporate a space allowance around the widest part of the load envelope when calculating the width and height of a storage bay opening.
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Historically sales technologies have been passive and reactive. For example, have you ever said my CRM helped me close a deal? Manufacturers who are embracing digital change and technology are moving towards sales enablement tools to achieve excellence in their new business opportunities, more specifically CPQ technology. Where are you investing to become a more proactive sales team?
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Transportation
Transport Topics—Trucks moved 10.77 billion tons of freight and 70.2% of all domestic freight tonnage last year. In addition, the industry generated $700.1 billion in annual revenue in 2017, 79.3% of the nation’s freight bill, according to a report by American Trucking Associations.
  
Transport Topics—Supply chain executives are always looking to streamline the movement of goods, especially if it means better use of their transportation assets. Technology is increasingly being used to achieve these ends.
Global Trade Mag—The U.S. logistics and transportation industry is highly optimistic regarding the U.S. economy and their company prospects over the next three months, according to a survey by TCompanies.
   
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Workforce
Modern Materials Handling—EmployBridge announced the findings of its 11th annual Warehouse Employee Opinion Survey, shedding light on the labor shortage. According to the national survey of nearly 16,000 hourly workers, wage corrections, shift preferences and more flexible human resource policies hold the key to attracting and retaining hourly workers as the holiday peak season approaches.
  
Supply Chain Digest—Software robots and humans will collaborate to add more value, however as the software gets smarter, supply chain executives need to ready the employees for the inevitable shift in skill sets.
MHI’s new Career Forum enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.
   
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Global Trade
Inbound Logistics—Millennial consumers rank timeliness of deliveries as high on the list of requirements for customer satisfaction, according to a study of 3,000 consumers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The study, conducted by e-commerce company Radial, found that over one-third — 39.7% — of respondents ages 18 to 24 had speed of delivery as their main concern when shopping online.