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Top Supply Chain Trends

Supply chain leaders will face 2018 with uncertainty and opportunity. Digital technologies are becoming more prevalent in basic supply chain functions, and changes in legislation are likely to spur dramatic changes that will result in the need to reevaluate supply chain strategy in both domestic and international locations.

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Top Manufacturing Technology Trends

Going back to the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT), the use of Internet-connected technology increases risk in manufacturing. However, the risk is well worth it. The total number of consumer and business connected devices is expected to grow by 11.9 billion in 2018 alone, reports Michael Kotelec of Manufacturing.

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advanced manufacturing technologies

Over the next two years, manufacturers are set to invest more than $250 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the use of technology to improve manufacturing will only increase. It is almost impossible to define the exact amount manufacturers will invest in technologies over the coming year, but they are moving toward more sustainable, cost-effective practices.

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Trends in American manufacturing

Revolution is prevalent across the manufacturing lines. Manufacturers are looking for ways to explore new technologies, reinvent manufacturing strategy, enhance troubleshooting, bringing manufacturing closer to consumer and levy the power of intelligent tools to streamline operations and cut costs.

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2018 Manufacturing Trends

Manufacturing is on the cusp of an explosion in growth and innovation in 2018. Regulatory reform has been top-of-mind for supply chain executives and political leaders in the US since the 2016 election. The US energy industry is also awaiting changes in basic operating procedures, which are expected to dramatically reduce energy costs.

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Preparing Your Forklift For Winter

If recent record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall are any indication, the first two months of 2018 are bound to deliver anything but average winter weather.  As such, it’s essential that businesses and managers alike focus on providing sufficient protection for outdoor forklift operators in such difficult weather conditions.

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Shipping Performance

When shipping products, the responsibility of a logistics professional doesn’t end when the items leave a warehouse. It’s essential to pay attention to the materials used for packaging what’s inside. If they’re not durable enough or can’t withstand harsh weather conditions, the contents of a package could get ruined before arriving at a destination.

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Mobile Cart Technology

Logistics and warehousing companies are facing unprecedented business challenges in 2018. E-commerce and globalization are increasing the level of competition for distribution centers every day. Elevated shipping costs at major carriers like FedEx and USPS are squeezing margins thinner than ever before, and product diversification demands from the consumer have never been greater.