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MHISolutionsmag.com—All too often, if you want to make something easier or better in the future, you may have to endure some major inconveniences in the present. That’s definitely true in the ever-evolving material-handling industry, where buyers of new systems and technology and the suppliers who serve them must work together to minimize the disruption to existing operations while implementing major changes.

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MHI Blog—The bulk of recent robotics trends surround the need to automate order fulfillment processes traditionally handled by a human workforce, including picking, packing, sorting and more. But with limited labor availability being experienced by distribution operations nationwide—particularly in e-commerce applications—MHI’s newest industry group, The Robotics Group, is focusing on broader robotic applications that ease workforce challenges.

As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on Digital Business Transformation: Becoming Customer-Centric.

Industries around the world continue to adopt digital solutions, transforming the way they do business. Demands for faster, cheaper, and more visible solutions means meeting customer expectations must become a priority. 

 
  

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Technology and Innovation

Supply Chain Management Review—Through full deployment of digital tools, typical procurement organizations can reduce operational costs by up to 45%, achieving efficiency levels below those of today’s world-class procurement organizations, new research from The Hackett Group, Inc. maintains.

ThomasNet—North American manufacturers and other companies reported an increase in the number of robots ordered in the first half of the year, according to the Association for Advancing Automation’s Robotic Industries. Businesses ordered 16,488 robots in the first six months of the year, up 7.2% compared to the first half of 2018, per the report. The latest report valued 2019 robotics orders at $869 million.

How would you solve this: Clipboards in the Warehouse
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Supply Chain Trends

Supply Chain Dive—The most common goal of predictive maintenance is improved uptime, with 51% of respondents in a PwC survey last year saying this was their organization's reason for adopting the technology.

  

MHISolutionsmag.com—The first half of 2019 was solid. And we expect continued growth for the overall economy in the second half of the year. But growth still seems to slow through the end of 2020.

Material Handling & Logistics—Damaged or no-longer-functioning products are delivered to end users on a regular basis. While this puts users in a bad situation, with no product to show for the time and money spent, it can be an even bigger problem for the companies involved. There are steps every touchpoint in the supply chain can take to ensure the best possible product quality.

   
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Manufacturing

TED Magazine—To help distributors keep up a positive growth momentum, there are a few key steps that can be taking now to improve profitability and market footing for the rest of the year. Maintaining profitability, charging for service and addressing competition are a few of the topics addressed in this Q&A with Rock Kuchenmeister, a general manager at K/E Electric Supply Co.

ThomasNet—A new generation has made ethical sourcing a priority for organizations around the globe. 36% of respondents to Deloitte’s last millennial survey have “deepened a business relationship” because of ethical sourcing and another 37% say they’ve “stopped or lessened” a business relationship because of unethical sourcing.

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Transportation
  

Transport Topics—The growth of e-commerce and rising consumer expectations are quickly elevating the cost and complexity of final-mile delivery. To remain competitive in this time of rapid change, companies are rethinking their distribution networks, implementing innovative delivery strategies and expanding their use of technology.

Supply Chain Dive—Solar panels on trucks can supplement battery and power lift gates, though the technology today isn't enough to power a truck down the road.

   
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Education & Professional Development

Supply & Demand Chain Executive—In order to stay on top, you have to continue to educate yourself. Here are the top five books on supply chain management to help with that.

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.
  

MHI Blog—Workforce is a topic that is top of mind for many companies working in supply chain and material handling right now because we’re struggling to find new workers to replace our retiring ones.

   
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Global Trade
  

Global Trade Mag—The way organizations approach global commerce is undergoing a radical change. Geopolitical instability is slowing growth in a volatile global economy as organizations are forced to adapt their tactics, making complex decisions that increase operational costs and, if mishandled, make them less competitive in an unforgiving business landscape. So, what can organizations do to navigate this ‘new normal’?