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‘Brand’ New Warehouse Signs

Warehouse signs, the functional, simple and often forgotten essential of the storage and distribution industry, have just been brought to the fore with a "brand" new boost by ASG Services.

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Markets Continue Their Robust Pace. Where Do We Go From Here?

By Brian Feehan, President, ITA The expression “elections have consequences” will certainly be put to the test in 2019. The dust is still settling on the recent mid-term elections with some races remaining to be decided. However, we do know that 2019 will bring us a divided US Congress with (as of 11/14/2018) Republican control of the Senate having 51 ...

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Conveyor Industry Shipments Rise

By Robert Reinfried, Executive Vice President, CEMA The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that overall industry orders (bookings) for the first 6 months of 2018 increased 43.2% compared to the same period in 2017, with total orders of $8.85 billion. CEMA estimates industry billed sales (shipments) for the first 6 months of 2018 increased 22.29% compared to the same ...

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MHI Predicts Slower Growth for Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing in 2019

By George Prest, CEO, MHI The U.S. economy and Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing (MHEM) enjoyed solid growth in 2018. But the outlook for 2019 and 2020 is not as strong. After one of the longest U.S. expansions in history, slower growth appears likely in coming quarters. The potential for a tighter U.S. monetary policy, rising levels of U.S. debt, and ...

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Using Virtual Reality to Enhance Forklift Operator Training

Wisconsin Lift Truck and Illinois Material Handling partner with Really-Virtual Consulting to increase safety in forklift training By Steve Guglielmo As material handling companies find it increasingly difficult to find experienced industry talent, many have had to look outside the industry fill open positions. Those new to the industry, especially those who have never operated potentially dangerous equipment like a ...

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10 Years of Material Handling Business Trends

Looking back at MHEDA’s Business Trends from 2008-2018 By Steve Guglielmo The MHEDA Board of Directors publishes its upcoming list of material handling business trends in the 4th Quarter Issue of The MHEDA Journal every year. The list is conceived at the July Executive Committee Meeting and then disseminated among the MHEDA membership as a guide for things that might ...

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Defining MHEDA’s 2019 Material Handling Business Trends

MHEDA’s Chairman of the Board and CEO discuss the changes to this year’s Material Handling Business Trends and how they will shape the industry for the foreseeable future By Doug Carson, Liz Richards and Steve Guglielmo Every year, the MHEDA Board of Directors releases their list of Material Handling Business Trends (formerly Critical Impact Factors) that will be shaping the ...

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2019 Material Handling Business Trends

The following 2019 Critical Impact Factors were defined by MHEDA’s Executive Committee. They are defined as “critical” in that they are significant challenges or opportunities that have recently emerged or become pervasive and should be considered as members develop their internal business plans. This year’s Material Handling Business Trends planning process deviated slightly from past years, which can be read ...

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Ask Your Board: Material Handling Business Trends

“Which of the Critical Impact Factors / Material Handling Business Trends from the last 10 years has most affected your business and how have you managed it?” Asked by the MHEDA Staff Doug Carson, VP Marketing / Sales, Fallsway Equipment Company, Akron, OH The Critical Impact Factors surrounding consolidation, both at the supplier and the distributor level, started appearing as ...

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Launching The Certified Forklift Technician Program

MHEDA and the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) partnered to launch the Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) designation in 2017 as an effort to combat the “skills gap” shortage in the material handling industry. The CFT was created to raise performance of forklift technicians, assist individuals in finding higher paying jobs and help employers ensure their workforce is skilled and robust. ...

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