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Logistics Management—With Hurricane Florence approaching the East Coast, coupled with other named storms having the potential to impact other U.S. states and interests, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) said it is “mobilizing for action” and is getting the word out to logistics, supply chain and freight transportation interests to follow suite.
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As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Decentralized Control in Automated Storage.

Sensors are becoming more and more important in inventory management. But the data those sensors produce are quickly becoming the most important asset in Industry 4.0

 

MHI Blog—At the 2018 Executive Summit, an exclusive, senior-level, one day event for manufacturing and supply chain executive leadership that focuses on the NextGen technology, leading trends and enterprise-level best practices explored in the 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report, we’ll be hearing from Ritchie Etwaru—patron saint of trusted commerce, blockchain futurist, adjunct professor and serial entrepreneur.

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Technology and Innovation
FreightWaves—Trucking is in the midst of a digital transformation, and with such a transformation comes the need for real-time data so freight efficiency across a range of metrics can be maximized. Blockchain technology is quickly being recognized as a possible answer to this industry’s fragmented supply chain.
  
EBN—Even though everyone in a supply chain exists in a common network, few manufacturers can say their supply chain operates like a well-oiled machine. The links are still siloed, with companies relying on individual systems, databases, metrics and rules. Instead, companies should rethink their supply chain infrastructure and reimagine it as a single, cohesive entity. That’s where blockchain comes in.
Manufacturing—Incorporating workflow automation is a small step that many organizations can take to start to see the benefits that a fully digital supply chain can offer.
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Supply Chain Trends
Forbes—Few industries or business functions are experiencing as much disruption as logistics, supply chain and transportation. According to a recent Forbes Insights survey of more than 400 senior transportation-focused executives, 65% say tectonic shifts in these areas are driving an era of profound transformation.
Logistics Management—As mobility continues to enhance nearly all supply chain activities, the availability of more real-time data at a lower cost will push more operations forward. As this trend continues to evolve, expect to see a wider swath of shippers tapping into the power of what improved mobility offers.
   
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Manufacturing
DigitalCommerce360—A shortage of modern warehouse facilities will lead to tough competition for space among e-commerce shippers.
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Transportation
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—Hurricane Florence may trigger more volatility in the freight market, especially if it makes landfall at the predicted Category 4 strength. Spot rates and capacity in the freight market are predicted to see the most upheaval.
Trucks—The last mile of the delivery process is seeing all kinds of changes, especially when it comes to smaller items. Now, those last steps into a consumer’s kitchen or living room for big, bulky items are being addressed as well. Transportation and logistics experts are working aggressively toward increasing the speed, flexibility and transparency associated with the delivery of larger items.
   
Engineering Innovation
      
United Material Handling, Inc.
   
Education & Professional Development
  
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—The top-ranked supply chain graduate program in North America is Pennsylvania State University, according to a Gartner study. The study also found industry paychecks are on the rise with an average starting salary for an MBA with a supply chain concentration at $88,935.
Workforce
The Wall Street Journal—The impact would come over 25 years, with projections for lighter job loss seen than other forecasts, but higher-paying trucking work could take a hit.
  
Bloomberg—Finding qualified drivers is getting tougher each year. So, companies are increasingly coming up with ways to make this career choice more appealing. By the end of the year, Walmart plans on doubling its spending on attracting and retaining drivers, is hiring nontraditional drivers and is trying to reduce the hiring process time from 70 days to 30.
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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Sustainability
Modern Materials Handling—A research and development team will use the grant to develop a commercially viable autonomous hydrogen fueling station.