Connected and Automated Supply Chains are the Future

by George W. Prest, Chief Executive Officer, MHI

Supply chains are in a state of transformation. Traditional models are radically changing as technology and innovation create more intelligent supply chains that are faster, more efficient and more connected.

The recently released 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report – Supply chain innovation: Making the impossible possible asserts that companies that embrace this transformation and focus on investing in new technologies will out-compete and thrive in this new environment.

This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on how to successfully connect and automate your supply chain, from best practices in automatic identification to inventory and network optimization tools to the impact of automated and mobile supply chain solutions.

The sheer amount of real-time supply chain information afforded by these new technologies is game-changing. Firms that integrate automation and connected, smart devices into their operations will be on the winning end. Bottom line, firms that embrace this change will move forward, those who do not will be left behind.

The time to get started is today. A great way to do that is to get involved in MHI’s two new Solutions Groups that focus on automation and information systems. These Groups bring MHI members together with manufacturing and supply chain professionals to address common challenges and opportunities.

Your first chance to get involved is at the 2015 MHI Executive Summit and Annual Conference October 4-7 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The theme of this event is Transforming Global Supply Chains and the conference topics mirror those of this year’s Annual Industry Report.

This conference is a great opportunity to establish and strengthen relationships with solution providers while exchanging ideas with your peers on the most important issues and trends impacting industry. And for fun, for you golf enthusiasts, this is your chance to play the famous TPC Sawgrass island 17th hole. See pages 43-47 for more information on this event.

I also encourage you to download the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report at I hope this issue of MHI Solutions helps provide the information and resources you need to transform and continuously improve your business.

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