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ThomasNet—The last-mile delivery problem is a looming one in the world of supply chain logistics. Today’s shippers are exploring all available options in order to remain competitive in meeting customer expectations for same-day, on-demand, and nighttime deliveries. Many professionals believe the answer lies in crowdsourced logistics (CSL).
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MHI Updates
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Power Management for Autonomous Robots.
 
As robotics technology is becoming more widespread, operations are contending with the challenge of charging and maintaining fleets of machines with high power needs. 

 

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MHI Blog—Every year MHI powers the MHI Young Professional Network Awards including Outstanding Young Professional and Mentor Award. These awards recognize an outstanding job by MHI member company employees. Here are three reasons why you should consider nominating your colleague.
   
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
      
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Technology and Innovation
Modern Materials Handling—The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has developed a free, interactive tool to help supply chain management professionals learn about blockchain and its potential uses.
  
Fox Business—Amazon has fallen short of CEO Jeff Bezos’ 2013 goal of adding aerial drones to its delivery routes within five years amid a host of logistical challenges, but the e-commerce giant says it hasn’t given up on the technology.
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Supply Chain Trends
SupplyChainBrain—The tragic consequences that natural disasters can cause to human life is readily apparent, and covered extensively by the media. What’s less recognized is that natural disasters also wreak immense havoc on global supply chains, because they result in the cancellations of flights, the closure of ports and the shutting down of highways.
  
EBN—For logistics-pressured retailers, a truly live supply chain is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. The secret involves several key technologies everyone should consider.
Supply Chain Dive—Four acronyms reflect the varied strategies retailers are pursuing to fulfill online and digitally-placed store orders.
   
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
      
Ideal Warehouse Innovations
   
Manufacturing
Modern Materials Handling— In risk-averse market, research suggests adoption will grow only if smart manufacturing solution vendors 'define, prioritize, prove and present their business case before approaching this sector.
Inbound Logistics—When the time arrives to consider investing in additional space, many distribution centers, retailers, and businesses dependent on warehouses face a dilemma: Should the organization move to a new facility, build an addition, or try to retrofit an older warehouse?
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MHI Blog—For last mile delivery to go smoothly, all the pieces of your supply chain need to have open lines of communication. Make sure you and your partners and the customer are talking to each other and have transparency.
  
SupplyChain247—This development represents a real change for the industry because, for the first time, global shipping on key trade lanes functions like passenger travel or ecommerce, where customers can obtain guaranteed prices within seconds.
Material Handling & Logistics—By improving performance in increasing automation, managing data and building flexibility into their networks, e-commerce companies will be able to better manage inventory and increase the efficiency of their last-mile delivery networks.
   
Engineering Innovation
   
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.
   
Sustainability
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—A HSBC survey found that businesses that are making sustainable changes in their supply chains will improve their bottom line over the next three years.
Global Trade
Global Trade Mag—Invoicing and payments fraud can take a variety of forms: invoices from fictitious companies, invoices for products that were never delivered, for unusually high amounts, or as part of a phishing scheme. As your business grows and your vendor list gets larger, how do you stay on top of the validity of each invoice? Below are some common invoice fraud schemes and how you can prevent them.
CNBC—Stocks in Asia traded higher and U.S. stock futures jumped after news that U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to withhold further tariffs on each other's countries for 90 days.