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In this special issue of Newswire, we are spotlighting some of the top Newswire reads in 2018. See what's important to others in the supply chain field and what they want to know more about, and which articles addressed topics that were especially gripping. These stories are identified with the words "TOP READ 2018" in the headline. Also, be sure to check out some of the predictions for 2019 to see where you company lands in these glimpses into what may be coming our way in 2019.
 
To see the Top 15 most-read articles at www.MHISolutionsmag.com in 2018, click below.
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Technology and Innovation
Modern Materials Handling—For the Readers’ Choice Material Handling Product News Products of the Year, nearly 3,000 readers voted in 12 categories for the best innovations in materials handling equipment. The contest was organized by Modern Materials Handling, Material Handling Product News and Material Handling 24/7.
MIT Technology Review—In this survey, senior business and technology decision-makers weighed in on the implications of technology breakthroughs, especially in artificial intelligence and blockchain, and what innovation will look like in the future.
  
Supply Chain Management Review—These nextgen technologies promise to improve maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) efficiencies while reducing costs and downtime quite noticeably. Already, predictive maintenance is touted for being minimally disruptive and smart glasses may be able to decrease that downtime even more. Experts are saying that glasses used in MRO applications may be in the hundreds of thousands by 2021.
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Supply Chain Trends
EBN—U.S. purchasing and supply executives expect a few headwinds in 2019 but are generally optimistic about the business environment next year. A majority of manufacturers also expect capital expenditures, capacity and employment to grow next year.
Progressive Grocer— For grocery retailers looking to improve and streamline the omnichannel experience, what’s on the slate for 2019? Also, what’s coming in 2019 that’s yet to be revealed?
  
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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Manufacturing
MHI Blog—As a voluntary program for manufacturers of industrial steel storage racks and of welded wire rack decking, RMI’s R-Mark Certification helps to assure storage rack users that they have selected a product designed, engineered and made by a reputable supplier. But why was such verification necessary in the first place?
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.
MHI Blog—There are five places in a facility that pose great risk for falls and injury if left unprotected, from outside the facility to elevated surfaces within the building: loading docks, elevated workstations, pick modules, pallet flow lanes and doorways. While each of the five areas is different and can vary greatly from one facility to another, each is a common hazard that can easily be secured.
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Transportation
Inbound Logistics—Transportation has been on a transformative tear for the past few years, boosting the use of digital platforms to do more for shippers, carriers, logistics companies and other stakeholders. Here are a few ideas on what we should expect in 2019 and 2020 from expert Bob McQueen, industry consultant.
  
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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United Material Handling, Inc.
   
Workforce
MHI Blog—Many articles about robots in the distribution center include predictions of large scale job losses. “Robots Replace People” is a good, attention-grabbing headline, but the truth is more complicated. The reality is that robots and people will be working side-by-side in warehouses for years to come
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—As many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next 10 years due to widening skills gap, study shows.
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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