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MHISolutionsmag.com—This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on the adoption of innovative digital solutions from best practices in robotics and artificial intelligence to getting your supply chain data house in order to measuring and tracking your Supply Chain Digital Consciousness Index or DCI. While implementing digital innovations into supply chains is complex, inaction is not a strategy. In fact, as the pace of supply chain innovation escalates, so does the price of inaction. In this new digital era, leaders will outpace their competitors faster than ever before.

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As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this episode is part of a four-part series based on the 2019 Annual Industry Report. It is sponsored by AutoStore.
 
This episode, MHI Next-Gen Supply Chain Update: Automation, focuses on the second stage of digital adoption, automation. Automation leverages systems, robotics and augmenting technologies to perform repetitive, resource-intensive tasks. The goal is to optimize operations for speed, reliability and safety.
  
  

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Technology and Innovation

SupplyChainBrain—Many organizations are still trying to understand exactly what blockchain can enable. That includes companies that are heavily involved in the supply chain. They’re just beginning to dabble in blockchain in niche areas.

  

Material Handling & Logistics—The key to accelerating the adoption rates of these technologies is matching the digital tech to an actual problem that needs solving. Identify the problem you need solved first before you invest in disruptive technology.

SupplyChainDive—The 5G mobile broadband standard "promises to transform" the logistics industry by allowing more data to be transferred more quickly over networks, according to the 2019 State of Logistics report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), A.T. Kearney and Penske.

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Supply Chain Trends

Modern Materials Handling—Autonomous supply chains will create a sea change in the way businesses operate. It will be an era of hyper-connectivity where everyone in the ecosystem will exchange real-time information through connected devices.

  

Supply Chain Management Review—CBRE reported that there is more than 255 million square-feet of warehouse space under construction, with 70.2% of it being speculative. What’s more, CBRE said that based on data issued by CBRE Econometric Advisors, going back to 2015, warehouse demand has outpaced new construction completions by 169 million square-feet, with rents up 19.2% over that same period.

   
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Manufacturing

MHI Blog—As a safeguard against the industrial steel storage rack falling down, anchor bolts are used to secure column base plates to the facility floor. Critical to the structural integrity of the rack, the anchors prevent the rack uprights from sliding out of position should they be impacted, as well as a measure to prevent the system from tipping.

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—By 2024, six out of 10 companies will use warehouse automation to enhance the human element, not replace it, Zebra Technologies study shows.

Transportation

Supply & Demand Chain Executive—The United States Federal Highway Administration announced that $60 million in grants are now available for technologies that improve transportation efficiency.

Bloomberg—Airbus SE is considering bringing the world’s first hybrid-electric airliner to market as it weighs its strategy for replacing the bread-and-butter A320neo narrow-body in the next 15 years -- a move that would mark a technological leap for the aerospace industry.

   
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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.

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—Facing low unemployment rates, retailers are having to get creative to recruit and retain distribution center employees, says the upcoming State of Retail Supply Chain study.

   
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Sustainability

Reuters—Effective Jan. 1, ship owners must cut sulphur emissions to 0.5% from 3.5% as part of the tougher regulations set by the United Nations shipping agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO). They can do this by using low-sulphur fuel, installing exhaust gas cleaning systems or opting for other, more expensive, clean fuels such as liquefied natural gas or traveling more slowly. While consumers are not expected to pay more for goods, higher transport bills and disruption to company deliveries are expected.

Global Trade
  

Computer Weekly—Businesses are failing to address growing cyber threats as business leaders admit to knowledge gaps, a lack of resources and confusion about who is responsible for data breaches, a report reveals.