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MHISolutionsmag.com—As supply chains become more connected, relying more on the Internet of Things (IoT) to gather information, the cloud to store data and house applications, and mobile technology to give employees access to information to improve efficiency, they also become more vulnerable. A record high of 1,579 data breaches occurred in 2017—a 44.7 percent increase over 2016—with the business category topping the list for the third year in a row at 55 percent of the overall total breaches. Protect your company data with protocols, training and monitoring because all businesses are at risk if data security is not part of the day-to-day culture. 
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MHI Blog—There were so many really awesome speakers and events at this year’s 2018 MHI Annual Conference in Orlando. Just in case you’ve missed it, here are a few highlights.
  
Modern Materials Handling—ProMat exhibits will represent all segments of the materials handling and logistics industry, from traditional, manual equipment to computerized, automated systems/software and emerging technologies.
   
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Technology and Innovation
Supply Chain Management Review—A new study conducted by Capgemini notes that despite the barriers facing blockchain, 87% of survey respondents said they are at least in the early stages of blockchain experimentation and the top drivers behind investments are cost saving (89%), enhanced traceability (81%) and increased transparency (79%).
SupplyChain247—Artificial Intelligence is already enhancing our lives as consumers, now it is picking up momentum in supply chain management and logistics, and managers should pay close attention as more AI-enhanced solutions emerge.
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Supply Chain Trends
CNBC—The U.S. Postal Service announced on Oct. 10 it filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission — the body tasked regulatory oversight of the agency — of proposed price changes to take effect Jan. 27, 2019, if approved. The proposed uptick in shipping and mailing fees could cost Amazon, in particular, more than $1 billion in 2019, according to Credit Suisse.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—Effective reverse supply chain management represents an opportunity to improve operations and increase company profits. These four trends are helping drive innovation in reverse supply logistics.
   
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
      
Ideal Warehouse Innovations
   
Manufacturing
SupplyChainBrain—Automation, including “lights-out manufacturing,” can enhance and fill labor gaps, lower processing and production costs, and raise quality, all of which open opportunities for U.S. companies. As the industry moves toward lights-out manufacturing, the future of American automation has never looked brighter.
  
MHISolutionsmag.com—Member companies of the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) Industry Group of MHI have been working diligently to review and revise the standards for design and performance of protective guarding products used in the material handling industry. For the last year, the group has committed themselves to the development, maintenance and publishing of industry standard specifications for these systems.
MHI Blog—Did you know that Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) have been around since 1953 and have been the catalyst for creating flexible material handling solutions throughout multiple industries? In fact, AGVs have been the most flexible of automated material handling systems and have quickly become a disruptive force leading the way to Intralogistics 4.0. MHI’s Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS) Industry Group just released a helpful infographic on AGVS technology.
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Transportation
Transport Topics—This year has seen its fair share of autonomous trucking news, but the space shows little sign of cooling off. Earlier this month, a new competitor entered the arena, led by a team of industry veterans and backed by a prominent software company. Ike, the latest company to emerge from stealth in the autonomous trucking world, wants to take a sober approach to developing the technology.
  
Port of Rotterdam—ABN AMRO, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Samsung SDS, the logistics and IT arm of Samsung, have joined forces to launch a pilot based on blockchain technology. The ultimate goal is for a complete, paperless integration of physical, administrative and financial streams within international distribution chains.
Business Insider—Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged his company was working on a drone delivery project — named UberExpress — saying, 'We need flying burgers.'
   
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United Material Handling, Inc.
   
Workforce
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
The Atlantic—The White House wants to put an end to low-cost shipping from overseas, a move widely supported among U.S. e-commerce sellers.
Global Trade Mag—Carriers are seeking more direct relationships with cargo owners. Airlines have traditionally eschewed dealing with shippers, even larger ones.