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E&T—What will 2019 hold for us? Will wearables make us fitter? Could Babyboomers become bionic? What effects will the likes of blockchain technology have on business? Will companies begin to harness the potential of the IoT? We ask experts to gaze into their crystal balls for the year ahead.
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MHI Updates
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Innovations in Automation with Honeywell Intelligrated.
 
Honeywell Intelligrated discusses the challenges present in automating e-commerce fulfillment and what the key indicators are for automation growth in this industry.

 

MHI Blog—MHI hosted the first ever regional meeting for MHI members in Charlotte in December. All members in the area (and we even had a member drive out from Hickory) gathered at a hidden gem in Charlotte called Blue Blaze Brewery for to network, share feedback and ideas, and, yes, drink been and have fun.

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Technology and Innovation
SupplyChainBrain—The key to achieving the full benefits of automation is to leverage the strengths of both robots and humans. Advancements in automation technologies are making the biggest impact when humans and robots work productively together in everyday business environments.
SupplyChain247—How a multi-node network, paired with powerful technology, can help tackle the biggest transportation, e-commerce, and omni-channel challenges that shippers are facing in the current market.
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Supply Chain Trends
Modern Materials Handling— It’s a simple concept. Warehouse space sized to a company’s immediate needs and located close to the final customer. That combination is making on-demand warehousing a powerful alternative to long-term warehouse arrangements for companies ranging from Fortune 100 to startups.
  
Material Handling & Logistics—Predicting the future is no longer a guessing game. With continual scanning of demography, economy, environment, geopolitics, governance, resources and technology, A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council came up with a wide net of trends and predictions anticipated for 2019.
Modern Materials Handling— Optimism for the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors, in 2019, is firmly intact, albeit not at the same level as 2018, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Semiannual Economic Forecast, which was released this week.
   
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Manufacturing
Material Handling & Logistics—Technology is driving the future of warehousing, helping customers receive products in the shortest time possible.
  
Pack World—Only one in four manufacturers are fulfilling e-commerce in-house, while another 40% are using 3PL warehouses, according to a new report from PMMI Business Intelligence.
Inbound Logistics—A CBRE report finds that New York City, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle offer the most favorable conditions for developing multistory warehouses: a large, densely packed population; high industrial land prices and rents; and significant penetration of e-commerce use among residents.
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Transportation
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The grants are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program and support road, rail, transit, and port infrastructure projects across the country.
As part of an innovative partnership between the Volvo Group, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and industry leaders in transportation and electrical charging infrastructure, Volvo Trucks will introduce all-electric truck demonstrators in California next year, and commercialize them in North America in 2020.
   
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Education & Professional Development
MHI Blog—The world seeks more women leaders! Now is the time to look at the connections, communication style and leadership skills needed to advance your career. Join MHI and MHEDA for an afternoon of education, discussion and networking for women in our industry at ProMat 2019 on April 8, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
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.
   
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Sustainability
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—A HSBC survey, Navigator: Now, Next and How for Business, found that businesses that are making sustainable changes in their supply chains will improve their bottom line over the next three years.
  
Aimed at accelerating the transition to carbon neutral shipping, Maersk announced a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required.
Nestlé announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
Global Trade
  
EBN—“Business as usual” has been replaced with a “new normal,” one that requires different strategies for building global supply chains that can withstand severe headwinds.
Reuters—China has agreed to cut tariffs on U.S.-built cars and auto parts to 15 percent from the current 40 percent, a Trump administration official said on Tuesday, setting the stage for a new talks aimed at easing the bitter trade war between the world’s two largest economies.