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MHISolutionsmag.com—As the journey toward connectivity, mobility, new technology and the Internet of Things continues to gather speed, it can be tempting to accelerate the search for solutions at the same time. But hit those brakes before rushing in blindly and incorporating a “solution” to a perceived and/or anticipated transportation cybersecurity threat: Though the risks of hacking are real, the threat can be mitigated in a variety of ways. Finding and installing the right platform or software can help, but so can working toward a greater understanding of what such solutions actually do, how behavior can be modified, and what hacking might really entail.

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Technology and Innovation
  
SupplyChainBrain—Globalized supply chains bring many new cost and time savings for both consumers and manufacturers. However, when production is decentralized across several geographic locations, unexpected mishaps can quickly escalate into serious disasters for modern organizations.
The Wall Street Journal—Venture firms have invested more than $1.2 billion in grocery technology this year, double the total for 2017.  Many investments have come in the form of robots and artificial intelligence in the warehouses to increase efficiency as competition for consumer spending on food picks up.
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Supply Chain Trends
Material Handling & Logistics—Change can be a good thing, particularly when it comes to getting a better handle on your supply chain spend.
  
Transport Topics—UPS Inc. and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Oct. 25 the parcel delivery company will begin a pilot project aimed at reducing congestion downtown and addressing air quality concerns. Delivery drivers will use electric pedal-assist cargo bicycles with a customized modular trailer attached to the back of the bike.
SupplyChain247—While technological innovations can revolutionize how supply chain businesses advance, it’s important for all participants to be a little bit skeptical when supposedly new game-changing technologies are introduced.
   
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Ideal Warehouse Innovations
   
Manufacturing
  
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.”
SupplyChainBrain—Fifty-two percent of warehouse executives plan to increase technology investments in the near future in order to streamline goods delivery and achieve supply chain transparency, according to Zebra Technologies. Main expenditures will include a migration to modern warehouse management systems, implementation of real-time inventory tracking solutions and barcode scanners, and internet of things (IoT) devices such as wearables, drones and robotic packaging equipment.
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Transportation
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—Freight spending increased by double digits in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2017 despite lower freight shipment volumes, reflecting rising average freight transaction prices, according to the latest quarterly index of U.S. freight activity from financial services giant U.S. Bank. But long-term outlook is stormy, as U.S. economy may slump under weight of trade tariffs, rising interest rates, U.S. Bank report says.
  
ATRI—For the second year in a row, the driver shortage is the top-ranked issue in the American Transportation Research Institute’s Top Industry Issues report, which includes the list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry.
NACS—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated the procedures for how to report quarterly and annually for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance. Starting October 25, organizations are able to use e-Signature to sign the Copy of Record for EPA Moderated Transaction System transactions.
   
Engineering Innovation
      
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Workforce
  
MHISolutionsmag.com—How can you tell whether your current ergonomics program is adequately protecting your workers? Begin by determining when you last reevaluated it. If it’s been more than a year, chances are good it could use improvement. Are your program metrics or key performances indicators moving in the right direction? Here are some things to consider.
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
  
FreightWaves—Some West Coast ports are reporting all-time high volumes for the month of September even while increasing their rates, while the rates to the East Coast are decreasing. While some of this is attributed to the tariffs on Chinese goods increasing on January 1 from 10% to 25%, the decreasing “Panama Spread” value is also coming into play.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—Companies are prepared to relocate their supply chains if the cost of importing Chinese goods becomes too high.