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MHI just released the list of finalists for the 2019 MHI Innovation Award. After receiving 108 submissions for this year’s awards from ProMat 2019 exhibitors, six judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry completed the initial vetting process. Four finalists were chosen as the most innovative products in each category – Best New Innovation; Best Innovation of an Existing Product; and Best IT Innovation based on concept, value and impact.
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MHI Blog—ProMat is about helping you find the wow that helps push your company forward. Sometimes that comes in the form of finding just the right solution to your supply chain problem. And sometimes that comes in the form of inspiring, educational content that sparks an idea that leads to an innovation in your company, whether in process or in culture. Which is why we work hard to fill out the educational portion of ProMat, known as the ProMat Education Conference. One of our keynotes this year is Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. Saujani is going to be speaking specifically on closing the supply chain gender gap.
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Deploying Robots in Small Operations.

Big manufacturers and distributors can leverage large-scale fully automated solutions to keep up with the eCommerce-driven demand for each picking. Small operations however, are left trying to meet the demands of each picking by scaling up on labor—a solution which is becoming less and less feasible as the labor pool shrinks. Luckily new robotic solutions are providing these operations with more options.
—The people who work at MHI are the gears that keep the association rolling. They ensure MHI continues to be a valuable association and resource for people involved in the industry, and do so with wit, competence and a smile on their face. The goal of this column in MHI Solutions magazine is to give readers a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at MHI and “meet” the people who make it a successful hub for everyone involved in the material handling industry. Here, John Paxton and Paul Trainor give us a peek into what they do, how they do it, what drives them and what makes them happy after a long, productive day at MHI.

As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on How NORD Is Saving Time, Money and Energy for Material Handling Facilities Worldwide.
NORD can improve conveyor and elevator applications with smoothly synchronized gearmotors driven by our modular drive electronics. Do your drive solutions need an upgrade? Talk to the NORD pros.



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Technology and Innovation

SupplyChainBrain—What’s fueling blockchain mania isn’t a solid business plan backed by glowing use cases, but a near-mythic notion that the technology will solve all manner of supply chain challenges. Unfortunately, blockchain currently remains at odds with both multi-enterprise business network functionality and the process of digitizing physical goods.


Global Trade Mag—With the increasing sophistication of cyber threats, companies worldwide have to brace themselves for a new reality where supply chain disruptions are no longer restricted to those of a physical form.


Logistics Management—During the week of April 8, Chicago’s McCormick Place will open its doors and welcome ProMat 2019, an expo for the manufacturing, distribution and supply chain industries, sponsored by MHI. Here is a preview of the latest warehouse and distribution center management equipment, automation and software products that will be introduced on this year’s trade show floor.

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Supply Chain Trends

Chain Store Age—Most U.S. retailers haven’t taken a critical step to obtain full supply chain control, according to a new study from Gravity Supply Chain Solutions.


Modern Materials Handling—This year, ProMat is set to feature four keynote presentations offering critical insights from experts into logistics trends, including blockchain’s anticipated impact across multiple aspects of supply chains, ways to attract and retain women to our historically male-driven industry, the latest industry research findings, and three keys to business success.

Bloomberg—Until recharging stations are more plentiful and more conveniently placed, electric vehicles will face serious limitations when it comes to longer drives. But, automakers eager to lure customers have started taking action.

FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
Ideal Warehouse Innovations

EBN—The road to smart factory nirvana is paved with challenges. One such challenge is the need for data that truly add value. As manufacturers look to do more with the information they collect, inspection data is rapidly growing in importance, and many consider ‘good’ inspection data to be the currency of the smart factory.

ThomasNet— No matter what industry they’re working in, business owners must come to terms with the fact that some stock in their warehouses will end up damaged. It’s inevitable. But there are some very simple steps that can be taken to prevent stock damage while still running an efficient warehouse.

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ATRI—The American Transportation Research Institute released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America. The 2019 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system. The analysis, based on truck GPS data from nearly 1 million heavy duty trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. 

Transport Topics—Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles to two companies operating in Sweden. A refuse truck went to a waste and recycling company, Renova, and a distribution truck to the logistics company DB Schenker and partner hauler TGM.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive—Amazon is expected to become a major player in the transportation and logistics sector, expanding its Amazon Air fleet to include 50 planes and several new regional hubs.

Engineering Innovation
United Material Handling, Inc.
Education & Professional Development
Join Robotics Business Review and ProMat for the Chief Robotics Officer Online Summit this March 13. The CRO Online Summit brings those whose responsibility is evaluating and managing the deployment of automation, AI, robotics, and the latest intelligent technologies into their organizations, the tools they need to succeed.

MHI Blog—It’s no secret that the material handling and supply chain industries are facing workforce shortages. With an increasing number of positions to fill, MHI is doing its part to help develop your future employees. And what better way to bring up our future workforce than to let them network with the best of our industry?!?

For the 16th consecutive year, MHI is excited to host our Student Days at ProMat 2019. Over the course of two days, we will host over 200 students from across the country to see the show floor and get a better understanding of what career opportunities the material handling and supply chain industries can offer.


Material Handling & Logistics—HR professionals say immigration process and other public policy improvements are needed.

Kinetic Technologies,Inc.

Supply Chain Management Review—While renewables may eventually replace fossil fuels, natural gas production and usage is projected to grow in the U.S. at least until 2050. The price and availability of natural gas in this country makes it an attractive fuel source for greener electricity generation.


Material Handling & Logistics—Suppliers reported emissions reductions of 633 million metric tons of carbon dioxide leading to collective cost savings of $19.3 billion.

Global Trade

Supply & Demand Chain Executive—The countries hope to settle a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a U.S. tariff hike.

MHI’s new Career Forum enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to to find the perfect opportunity for you.