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From a pool of more than 100 submissions for the 2019 MHI Innovation Awards, judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry selected the winners in each of the three categories. The winners, who were announced during Industry Night at ProMat, are:
Best Innovation of an Existing Product—RightHand Robotics: RightPick, The Piece Picking Solution
Best IT Innovation—KNAPP, Inc.: redPILOT
Best New Innovation—CMC srl: Pick2Pack
For summaries and descriptions of the submissions and a list of the finalists, click here.
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Technology and Innovation
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—BNSF Railway Co. has been testing drones for supplemental inspection of rail infrastructure for the last three years, and was just granted exemptions from the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 to help expand those operations.
Supply Chain Management Review—Most studies of why drivers might deviate from their routes have been based on stated preferences. This research project studied the extent to which delivery crews deviate from the planned stop sequence of their routes. Additionally, these researchers—who are students at MIT—analyzed what drives these deviations and the economic implications.
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Supply Chain Trends
SupplyChain247—Before you can understand why inbound freight consolidation is the go-to solution for effective inbound freight management, it is important to understand some of the challenges in today’s supply chain networks.
Material Handling & Logistics—With customer behavior changing more frequently, retailers are adapting their supply chains to increase engagement with their always-on customers.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—In a recent report from the U.S. Navy, it confessed that systems the U.S. readily relies on to mobilize, deploy and sustain forces have been targeted by cyber criminals, leaving officials to question its reliability.
   
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
      
Ideal Warehouse Innovations
   
Manufacturing
Food Engineering—Automated storage and retrieval systems are solidifying their value in refrigerated and deep-freeze warehouses, especially due to the ever widening array of new SKUs, which places an ever-increasing demand on cold storage facilities.
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Transportation
Supply Chain Digest—Developed under a program called Project Starship, the new truck concept uses a range of technologies to get maximum efficiency with reduced emissions. Solar panels on the trailer roof are just one example of the integrated system used on this truck.
Supply Chain Dive—The fast-growing segment adds buoyancy to Uber’s balance sheet, and the company believes its freight business has tapped into less than 0.1% of the potential market.
   
Engineering Innovation
      
United Material Handling, Inc.
   
Workforce
  
MHISolutionsmag.com—U.S. graduate and undergraduate supply chain programs are adapting their curriculums and introducing new programs to meet industry needs and offer real-life experiences. Gartner’s analysis of the field’s top graduate programs noted, “The average supply chain curriculum has grown in breadth and maintained strong technology and analytical content.” Real-world learning is also key. 
   
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.
   
Sustainability
ThomasNet—Consumer demand for socially and environmentally responsible products, in combination with shifting governmental regulations, is expected to result in a decline in bottled water sales this year. In response, major players in the world of bottled water are quickly seeking eco-friendlier alternatives that better align with consumer values.
  
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