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ESOPs for Material Handlers—a more logical way to sell your business
Nathan Perkins
Thursday September 20, 2018
If you run a Material Handling business – or a related equipment leasing/dealership company – and have considered succession planning options, you may be left with a lot of questions. Most owners look at selling to their current management ...
4 companies that tailor to female entrepreneurs
Lindsay Tigar-The Ladders
Thursday September 20, 2018
Today, only 17% of entrepreneurs are women. And 5% of the world’s executives are female. Even so, women business leaders are among the most successful and impactful, as they lead their companies differently — and often, more emphatically ...
Mac Rak and Mac Rak Safety expands with emphasis on quality materials and safety repair
Eileen Schmidt
Thursday September 20, 2018
With an emphasis on quality materials, Mac Rak Inc . has steadily grown in the nearly two decades it has been in operation.  Mac Rak, which provides custom engineered fabricated warehouse rack repair kits and warehouse equipment protect, ...
What we learned about Successful Women Leaders
Thursday September 20, 2018
The disparity is stark. Women represent  57 percent of college students  and  47 percent of the workforce  in the United States, yet  fewer than seven percent  of women are CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. The percentage ...
Women make better drivers than men so why aren't there more during a capacity crunch?
Chad Prevost at FreightWaves
Thursday September 20, 2018
The trucking industry has long been considered a “man’s world” as the job is associated with tedious long-haul driving involving physical exertion and intense stress. The job demands are steep, even with recent regulations limiting ...
Oh No..Not voice mail-AAHHHH!
Jeffrey Gitomer
Thursday September 20, 2018
Press one  if you want to leave a message. Press two  if you don't think your call will ever be returned. Press three  if you've already left three messages, haven't had your call returned, and want to send a bolt of lightning ...
Material Handling a fast paced, rewarding profession for women
Eileen Schmidt
Thursday September 20, 2018
Carol Fontanez is always enthused about her work. “In the morning I’m eager to go to work and talk to the next person, the next business. It’s very exciting, never a dull moment,” said Fontanez, rental manager for Jamco Inc. ...
Now is the time
Thursday September 20, 2018
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE……TAKE OUT YOUR HANDHELD AND/OR CALENDER AND MAKE AN ENTRY FOR OCTOBER 10, 2018 AT 1PM CENTRAL TIME Because I will be on a panel sponsored by MHW discussing ESOP’s for Material Handling, Equipment ...
Operator Training – In or Out?
Dave Baiocchi
Thursday September 20, 2018
Since March 15 th , 1999 OSHA has done their best to complicate life for the forklift consumer. Not that their best efforts haven’t been needed! Gone are the good old days when anyone who worked for the company (and even those that didn’t) ...
Aggregation: Pineberry Manufacturing creates a Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Parent-Child Relationship
Aggregation System builds a parent-child relationship as products move through the packaging stages of the pharmaceutical supply chain with full automated product track and trace abilities
Tuesday September 18, 2018
A large international pharmaceutical company contacted  Pineb erry Man ufacturing Inc .  Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Pharmaceutical company desperately needed to serialize its products, support traceability throughout its supply chain ...
Don’t forget to check permitting requirements for your proposed Rack Systems
RMI Rack Manufacturers Institute
Friday September 7, 2018
Whether planning for a new rack system in a new location, or a new rack system in an existing location, the system cannot be installed until all applicable building codes have been satisfied. Further, a building permit must be issued for a particular ...
What should be on your Forklift Training checklist?
Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development at TotalTrax Inc.
Friday September 7, 2018
OSHA’s  specific training requirements  for forklift operators are proven to increase safety in what is considered a relatively dangerous work environment — the warehouse. But did you know that hands-on training and observations ...
Cold temperature impacts Forklifts and Batteries
Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development Totaltrax Inc.
Friday September 7, 2018
Does temperature affect forklift safety, mechanical issues or battery lifespan? Without the right precautions in place, it can.  Whether it’s working in cold storage areas in your facility or winter weather, some forklifts show  a ...
Improve supply chain management with AI technologies
Artificial intelligence (AI) can provide data to supply chain management (SCM) with predictive analytics and Big Data to help spot potential challenges and issues before they happen. Two steps for using AI and four potential problems are highlighted
Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Thursday August 30, 2018
On average,  procure-to-pay businesses estimate  they spend 55 hours per week doing manual processes and checks, 39 hours chasing invoices, and 23 hours responding to supplier inquiries related to these sources of friction. It's the larger ...
Can your WMS do that? What the modern warehouse needs
Ruben Braiter from Manhattan Associates
Wednesday August 29, 2018
In our first blog we covered how omnichannel shopping has meant both B2B companies and B2C consumers are making smaller, more frequent orders, with tighter delivery windows and higher costs to fulfill them. The technology at the heart of most packaged ...
Cross-Docking: A great choice for handling specialty items
Mark Dubois, Senior WMS Business Analyst, TECSYS Inc.
Tuesday August 28, 2018
Effective inventory management is always a delicate dance between the cost associated with carrying too much inventory and the risk of not carrying enough to fulfill a customer order at the right moment. With ongoing pressure to ship orders within compressed ...
The route to no-touch planning: Taking the human error out of supply-chain planning
Slow, manual supply-chain planning processes can be a thing of the past, with machines taking on repetitive tasks that aren’t a good use of human capacity
Ignacio Felix, Christoph Kuntze, Ildefonso Silva, and Eduardo Tobias Benoliel
Tuesday August 28, 2018
Supply-chain planning  keeps getting harder and more time-consuming, with the consumer goods sector as one of the most extreme examples. The causes are familiar: Online retailing’s endless shelf encourages consumers to be ever more demanding, ...
Are you ready to lead the purpose-driven generation?
Alaina Love
Tuesday August 28, 2018
Generation Z, are individuals born between the mid-1990s and mid 2000s, who are revolutionizing the relationship and expectations that employees will have with their leaders. Media-strategy firm MNI Targeted Media conducted a  survey  of ...
Nuts & Bolts
PPWLN empowers Women in Manufacturing at PACK EXPO
Top industry executives will discuss how to continue leveling the field
Friday September 21, 2018
Now a staple at PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO (Oct. 14-17; McCormick Place, Chicago), the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) breakfast will feature a conversation with top manufacturing executives ...
MH Equipment announces territory acquisition from YMH Torrance Equipment
Acquisition makes MH Equipment the Dual Brand (Hyster & Yale) Dealer in the Iowa and Northwestern Illinois area.
Friday September 21, 2018
MH Equipment , based in Peoria, Ill., announced on September 1, 2018, that it has assumed responsibility for Yale brand forklifts in the Iowa and northwestern parts of Illinois from Cedar Rapids, Iowa based Torrance Equipment. The acquisition makes ...
Serial Entrepreneur applies lessons learned after Hurricane Harvey and creates High-Performance Workwear for Women
Thursday September 20, 2018
SeeHerWork , a new apparel company launched this month aims to put female workers in clothes that fit and perform.  The number of women in non-traditional careers, such as construction, energy, utilities, logging and emergency response is on the ...
Daifuku Wynright picks Hobart, Indiana for manufacturing complex and growth
Thursday September 20, 2018
Wynright Corporation , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daifuku North America, announced plans to expand its North American manufacturing capabilities with a purpose-built, state-of-the-art manufacturing complex and office in Hobart, IN. The Hobart location ...
Rail Traffic for the Week Ending September 15, 2018
Wednesday September 19, 2018
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 15, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 553,003 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.8 percent compared with the same ...
CeMAT RUSSIA: Growing demand for intralogistics solutions in Russia
Wednesday September 19, 2018
Featuring some 200 exhibitors, CeMAT RUSSIA begins its three-day run on September 19th. All signs are positive, also thanks to the steadily growing demand for intralogistics solutions in Russia. According to the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), ...
California cites cargo company after Forklift Operator suffers fatal injury
Tuesday September 18, 2018
California OSHA  issued six citations  and $205,235 in penalties to SSA Pacific, Inc., after a worker sustained fatal injuries when he was thrown from a forklift that collided with a concrete piling. Inspectors determined that the company ...
ALAN is seeking warehouse space in North Carolina
Monday September 17, 2018
The  American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)  is receiving a request for warehouse space to manage the donations and distributions for a North Carolina Food Bank. Warehouse space remains their #1 request from partners supporting the relief ...
Women In Trucking launches new supply chain activity book for children
Monday September 17, 2018
Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is excited to announce “Scouting for Cookies,” a new activity and coloring book for children. The purpose of the book is to engage children with the trucking industry at a young age. In the activity ...
Clean Earth, Inc. announces acquisition of Disposal and Recycling Technologies, Inc. (DART)
Friday September 14, 2018
Clean Earth, Inc . a national specialty waste disposal and recycling company announced today the acquisition of privately owned Disposal and Recycling Technologies, Inc .(DART). DART has a RCRA Part B Hazardous Waste TSDF strategically located ...
FedEx Ground expands U.S. Operations to Six Days per week Year-Round
Decades of Investment in Industry-Leading Technology and Facilities provide FedEx Ground with Speed, Efficiency and ReliabilityFedEx preparing to deliver record volumes this Holiday Season and beyond
Thursday September 13, 2018
FedEx Corp . has boosted its capacity and operational innovation to expand FedEx Ground U.S. operations to six days per week in response to the growing e-commerce demand and record influx of volume expected this holiday season, and beyond. “FedEx ...
Barcoding, Inc.acquires Danforth Systems, LLC
The purchasing of the Houston-based mobile solutions provider enhances the leading systems integrator’s service offerings and customer support
Thursday September 13, 2018
Barcoding, Inc. , the provider in supply chain efficiency, accuracy, and connectivity, today announces that is has completed the strategic acquisition of  Danforth Systems, LLC  (Danforth Systems) located in Houston, Texas. The acquisition ...
Hurricane Florence - Where to find information to keep your Supply Chains moving
Thursday September 13, 2018
As Hurricane Florence gets closer to a Southeastern US landfall, Olivia blows across Hawaii, and several named storms threaten other U.S. states and interests, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) wants to remind you of a few quick but important ...
Illinois governor visits HARTING at IMTS, lauds company’s contributions to Illinois
Wednesday September 12, 2018
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, visiting HARTING ’s booth at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) on Wednesday, applauded the company’s contributions to the state and helping promote a local culture of manufacturing. Due ...
United Rentals to acquire BlueLine Rental for $2.1 billion
Wednesday September 12, 2018
United Rentals, Inc.  and BlueLine Rental  has  announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which United Rentals will acquire BlueLine from Platinum Equity for approximately $2.1 billion in cash. The board of ...
South Carolina Ports will close tomorrow and open on Monday
Wednesday September 12, 2018
The South Carolina Ports Authority continues to closely monitor Hurricane Florence. Based on the conditions currently anticipated, following are the gate and vessel operations plans for all terminals. Please note that this is subject to change, and ...
Rail Traffic for the week ending September 8, 2018
Wednesday September 12, 2018
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 8, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 502,208 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.1 percent compared with the same week ...
July/August 2018 Logistics Manager’s Index Report®
Growth is INCREASING AT AN INCREASING RATE for: Inventory Costs, Warehousing Price, and Warehousing Capacity. Growth is INCREASING AT A DECREASING RATE for: Inventory Levels, Warehousing Utilization, Transportation Utilization, and Transportation Price.
Wednesday September 12, 2018
According to a sample of North American logistics executives, economic activity across the logistics sector continued to expand through the end of summer. While the rate of growth is down for some sections of the industry, we register a record-high ...
FRA announces $46.3 million in PTC grant funding
Wednesday September 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced today Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for Positive Train Control (PTC) Systems Grants.  This NOFO represents the balance of the ...
NAM features RGF In national "Keeping Our Promise" Tax Reform campaign
Environmental products manufacturer raises salaries, awards bonuses, expands operations
Tuesday September 11, 2018
RGF Environmental Group – maker of products that improve the safety of the world's air, water and food without chemicals – was recently featured in the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) "Keeping Our Promise" campaign, which ...
CeMAT ASIA on track for record exhibitor numbers
Trade show reinforces positioning as Asia’s biggest and most important intralogistics platform
Tuesday September 11, 2018
With well over 600 confirmed exhibitor registrations, CeMAT ASIA – which next runs from  November 6 - 9 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) – is on track to set a new record in terms of exhibitor numbers. “Demand ...
American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) activates for multiple named storms
Tuesday September 11, 2018
As Hurricane Florence nears the U.S. East Coast and several named storms threaten other U.S. states and interests, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is mobilizing for action – and encouraging industry businesses to do the same. Earlier ...
Be prepared to keep workers safe during Hurricane Florence
Monday September 10, 2018
Hurricanes are a form of tropical cyclones that are capable of causing devastating damage to communities. Hurricanes are storm systems with circulating air and sustained wind speeds of 74 miles per hour or higher. The strongest hurricanes can have wind ...
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and Amatrol present 'Labor Day' Gift to the Nation
Monday September 10, 2018
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and Amatrol, Inc. are pleased to announce the release  of their complete  hands-on  CPT+ Skill Boss Training and Certification program. Built upon MSSC's well-established Certified ...
Toyota's environmentally-friendly manufacturing process
Friday September 7, 2018
Toyota operates under a global earth charter that promotes environmental responsibility throughout the entire company. Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) is responsible for manufacturing the majority of Toyota forklifts sold in North ...
How Syfan is partnering with UNG to train tomorrow's logistics pros
Joshua Silavent/ Gainesville Times
Friday September 7, 2018
Students learning about supply-chain management and logistics at the University of North Georgia Dahlonega campus are getting some insider training thanks to a new partnership with Syfan Logistics of Gainesville. “They’ll give us feedback ...
Nucor announces plans to expand Sheet Mill in Kentucky
Friday September 7, 2018
Nucor Corporation's Board of Directors approved an investment of $650 million to expand the production capability of Nucor Steel Gallatin, the company's flat-rolled sheet steel mill located in Ghent, Kentucky.  This investment ...
Heaven Hill Brands improves warehouse efficiencies with Westfalia Technologies
Automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) with integrated layer pick system and Savanna.NET® Warehouse Execution System enables spirits producer to ship products 400 percent faster
Thursday September 6, 2018
Westfalia Technologies, Inc.  (Westfalia), a provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers and distributors since 1992, announces that  Heaven Hill Brands  (Heaven Hill) has installed the company’s warehouse automation technology ...
Gattorna to receive CSCMP Distinguished Service Award
A 40-year veteran of the supply chain and logistics profession, Gattorna is best known for his work on dynamic supply chains
Thursday September 6, 2018
In recognition of his groundbreaking work on supply chain design and dynamic alignment, Dr. John Gattorna has been selected to receive the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2018 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Gattorna will ...
BNSF intermodal facility on hold as Port of Los Angeles and City ponder next move
Opponents want site plan redrawn amid pollution concerns.
Michael Angell at Frieghtwaves
Thursday September 6, 2018
A $500 million intermodal project in Southern California is on indefinite hold as its backers, the Port of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles and BNSF, wrangle with legal challenges over the new facility.   The five members of the Port of Los ...
I.D. Systems integrates Keytroller and forms PowerFleet® Division Focused on Industrial Truck Management Systems
Thursday September 6, 2018
I.D. Systems, Inc.   ,  a provider of enterprise asset management technology, has announced today that it will combine the operations of its existing Vehicle Management Systems (VMS) division with the recent successful acquisition of ...
Hyster receives grant for Fuel Cell Powered Container Handler for Port of Los Angeles
Thursday September 6, 2018
Hyster Company has announced the receipt of a grant from California Climate Investments (CCI) to support the development of a zero-emissions container handling truck powered by a Nuvera® fuel cell. The funding, awarded by the California Air Resources ...

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