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MHISolutionsmag.com—When it comes to computers and artificial intelligence (AI), decisions are made based on historical data, and if there is not enough data available—or the data is not the correct kind—it won’t work. Computers can only be as right as the people who write the codes and create and input the data.
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MHI Blog—ProMat 2019 attendees are registering in record numbers for the event to be held April 8-11 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. When attendees register, they are asked to answer a variety of demographic questions indicating their industry, product interest, buying authority and spending plans. Looking at attendees that have registered to date, they are high in quality from a buying authority perspective and represent the majority of the Fortune 1000 and top 100 retailers.
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Optimizing Your Reverse Logistics Processes.

Customers expect a simplified, and often free, return process. This has become a significant factor in enabling consumers to trust e-commerce. Unfortunately, these returns often become a void for resouces because they frequently rely on manual processes.
 

 

  
MHI Blog—Communication, a word we don’t necessarily read much into. Typically, it is thrown into one of two buckets. Either you do, or you don’t. Communication—and improving your communication skills—alomg with connections, communication style and leadership skills needed to advance your career will all be addressed at the Women in Supply Chain Industry Forum hosted by MHI and MHEDA at ProMat on April 10, 2019. Learn more here: www.promatshow.com/women 
  

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Technology and Innovation

Material Handling & Logistics—As the capability matures, it opens up entirely new ways of doing business that can increase operational agility, improve the quality and speed of decision making, and enhance the customer experience.

  

Supply & Demand Chain Executive—The sheer volume of data can be overwhelming, but if leveraged effectively, it can help tame today’s supply chain complexities – even turn supply chain into a competitive advantage.

Reuters—FedEx plans to begin testing a robot to handle home deliveries—one that is battery-powered and looks like a cooler on wheels. They are teaming up with DEKA Development & Research Corp, whose founder Dean Kamen invented the Segway stand-up scooter and iBot stair-climbing wheelchair, for this project.

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Supply Chain Trends

EBN—While disruptive changes are inevitable, preparing for them and knowing the trends can help supply chain organizations weather them. Some areas to watch this year are supply chain disruptions resulting from mergers and acquisitions (M&As); the continuous push for electric vehicles; and the impending resurgence of cryptocurrency.

  

Modern Materials Handling—The move to ever-faster e-commerce deliveries is stretching fulfillment operations to their limit. Can existing networks adapt to the coming demand for next-day and same-day delivery?

   
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Thomas.net—As of January 1, hemp, its seeds and its extracts are off the country’s controlled substance list. Hemp producers are also eligible for organic certifications, crop insurance, agricultural research grants and other federal programs. How is the rest of the ag supply chain adapting to this and these changes eventually help with transparency and traceability?

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Transportation
Freight Waves— Agribusiness shippers are feeling the effects rail and truck equipment shortages, burdensome ocean carrier fees and overall freight congestion that they claim a strong federal freight funding package will help alleviate.
  
ATRI—The American Transportation Research Institute released a case study that quantifies how improvements to our nation’s highway infrastructure can help conserve fuel and reduce emissions. Nationally, congestion is estimated to have increased the trucking industry’s fuel consumption by 6.87 billion gallons in 2016; adding an additional $15.74 billion to its fuel bill.

SupplyChainBrain—America simply doesn’t have enough truck drivers. That’s not new, but many retailers are just now feeling the pain as annual shipping contracts are renewed. That has trucking companies scrambling to find ways to keep costs down.

   
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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

SupplyChain247—As President Trump claims that billions are flowing into Treasury from tariffs, new data shows it’s coming from American companies—The National Retail Federation is calling on Congress to pass legislation to exclude some items from the administration’s tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

  

Supply Chain Dive—The trade war between China and the U.S. could result in an annual loss of $40 billion in U.S. exports, Industry Week reported, citing research by the Institute of International Finance.