MHISolutionsmag.com—In recent years, temperatures have continued to rise. The U.S. Global Change Research Program points out impacts already visible, from flooding in the Midwest and drought and wildfires in the Southwest, to erosion in the Northeast and decreased water availability in the Southeast. When weather patterns change or extreme weather occurs, be sure your “umbrella” covers your entire supply chain—not just select pieces of it.
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Material Handling & Logistics—Zebra Technology customized the solutions for the company's visually-impaired workers with large characters, color coding and voice-directed picking.
Forbes—Artificial intelligence is infiltrating every industry, allowing vehicles to navigate without drivers, assisting doctors with medical diagnoses, and mimicking the way humans speak. To help cut through the noise, Forbes and data partner Meritech Capital put together a list of private, U.S.-based companies that are wielding some subset of artificial intelligence in a meaningful way and demonstrating real business potential from doing so.
ThomasNet—A roboticist from Harvard University and MIT, Shuguang Li, along with his colleagues invented a soft robotic gripper with an origami design that allows for the gentle handling of objects. The gripper is bell-shaped with a silicone rubber skeleton covered in airtight latex rubber skin, which can narrow for a tightened grip by using a vacuum to remove air. It can also lift items such as electric drills and a full bottle of wine, which are more than 120 times its weight.
Modern Distribution Management—Employee fatigue is increasingly becoming a serious workplace issue. While not easily discernible in the accounting books, fatigue is impacting the bottom line for many distributors. It costs employers an estimated $136 billion in health-related lost productivity each year in the U.S. alone, according to the National Safety Council. A well-designed and implemented WMS can play a meaningful role for distributors facing warehouse worker fatigue.
Modern Materials Handling—Report estimates global warehouse automation market will more than double from $13 billion in 2018 to $27 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 11.7% between 2019 and 2025.
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods—Leading-edge LED lighting technologies and smart controls are transforming the way the industry approaches warehouse illumination.
EBN—Last-mile delivery challenges are not solely the logistics behind the transportation factor of getting a box to a customer’s front door, but also keeping it at that front door – until the customer collects it. Porch pirates are facing some new tech, though, designed to make sure the purchaser – not a pirate – goes home with the treasure.
Logistics Management—On-board terminals and battery management systems are becoming central to maximizing daily productivity of lift trucks as well as long-term fleet efficiencies. Learn how technology on lift trucks is becoming integral to help fleet managers plan not just today’s activities and fleet deployment but long-term fleet needs.
Global Trade Mag—A company’s intention in a job interview is to find the person who best fits a particular position. But recent research has shown that quite often, the candidate who was hired failed, and usually their exit was related to attitude issues that weren’t revealed in the interview. That raises the question: Are interviewers asking the wrong questions — and consequently hiring the wrong people?
Material Handling & Logistics—According to new research from the Workforce Institute at Kronos focusing on the Gen Z work experience, this future talent pool is characterized by their desire for schedule flexibility, face-to-face interaction with managers and teams and employers who support work-life balance.
Transport Topics—Total Transportation Services Inc., a Southern California drayage company, will replace its entire diesel trucking fleet with near-zero emission natural-gas trucks. The vehicles will be fueled with carbon-negative renewable natural gas, according to a news release. The company also said it is testing trucks with zero emissions.
Supply Chain Dive—UPS will purchase more than 6,000 natural gas-powered vehicles between 2020 and 2022, the logistics company announced. The investment in alternative fuel vehicles will cost the company $450 million and is meant to help it meet its 2025 sustainability goals.