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MHISolutionsmag.com—Companies of all sizes—even ones that might not trust each other or know each other—are collaborating to advance this new technology. Blockchain experts often describe the new technology as a trustless system because it allows two parties that might not trust each other, or even know one another, to conduct business securely and transparently. But Chris Burruss, the president of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, sees it differently. Instead, he said, blockchain creates trust where otherwise there would be none.
  
Bloomberg—The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
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MHI Updates
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Learning More About AS/RS.
 
Automated storage and retrieval systems, also known as AS/RS, are computer-controlled systems that automatically place and retrieve inventory in a facility with precision, accuracy and speed. To learn more about AS/RS, watch the video. 

 

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MHISolutionsmag.com—The people who work at MHI are the gears that keep the association rolling. They ensure MHI continues to be a valuable association and resource for people involved in the industry, and do so with wit, competence and a smile on their face. The goal of this column in MHI Solutions magazine is to give readers a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at MHI and “meet” the people who make it a successful hub for everyone involved in the material handling industry. Here, Melissa Auer, CEM, Manager of Exhibitor Services, and Amy Shelton, Creative Manager,  give us a peek into what they do, how they do it, what drives them and what makes them happy after a long, productive day at MHI.
   
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
      
Vidir Inc.
   
Technology and Innovation
  
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—The jewelry industry will soon have ultimate traceability as it prepares for two different blockchain initiatives. De Beers announced its Tracr platform in May and Richline Group is using IBM’s TrustChain platform.
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—IBM Corp. announced that its new IBM Food Trust platform could improve traceability, transparency and efficiency for participating retailers, suppliers, growers and food industry providers.
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Supply Chain Trends
SupplyChain247—More companies are actively investing in an omnichannel retail strategy by realigning business goals and processes with the need to provide a seamless customer experience.
  
Modern Materials Handling—A Big Picture look at the inroads women are making in the supply chain field and what still needs to happen to increase their numbers in employee and senior leadership roles.
Material Handling & Logistics—Advances in lift truck technology and design will bring new ways to reduce costs, improve accuracy and streamline operations.
   
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
      
Ideal Warehouse Innovations
   
Manufacturing
MHI Blog—To significantly minimize the risk of a single row of standard steel storage rack from becoming unstable and overturning due to a seismic event, wind or forklift impact, Section 8.1 of RMI’s ANSI MH16.1-2012: Specification for the Design, Testing and Utilization of Industrial Steel Storage Racks advises evaluating its height-to-depth (HTD) ratio.
  
The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) is holding a webinar (November 7, 2–3 p.m. EDT) that will focus on platform, rack and storage system safety. Accidents can cause entire rows of storage racks and their contents to spread in every direction causing injuries/fatalities and costly damage to product and facilities. They can interrupt operations for days, maybe weeks. ProGMA represents established safeguarding manufacturers with proven solutions that are “Safer by Design.”
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Transportation
Inbound Logistics—As shippers puzzle their way through a record truckload capacity shortage, they have to change how they do business to find the right truck at the right time for the right price.
  
Transport Topics—Companies such as Convoy, Uber Freight and Transfix have introduced app-based freight platforms designed to make it easier and faster for small carriers to find and book loads and handle much of their business on their smartphones.
Transport Topics—Florida Gov. Rick Scott called Michael a “monstrous hurricane” with a devastating potential from high winds, storm surge and heavy rains. And its effect will be felt in the supply chain as well, especially when it comes to transportation.
   
Engineering Innovation
      
United Material Handling, Inc.
   
Workforce
The Wall Street Journal—Jobs growth at distribution centers pushed transportation and logistics payrolls to grow by 23,800 jobs, the biggest expansion in a year.
  
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—Many businesses are investing in technology and tracking data, but they are also keeping a close eye on how employees are spending their time and researching how technology could help them be more efficient. Many supply chain employees spend approximately 40 percent of their time on manual and redundant tasks, according to a recent survey by the Institute for Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence.
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.
   
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.
   
Global Trade
Global Trade Mag—Trade compliance managers deal with the legal, regulatory and administrative aspects of importing and exporting – and the role they play is pivotal within global organizations. The role is characterized by high stress, long hours and sudden adaptation to changes.