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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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Women in Industry

By Liz Richards I’ll let you in on a secret.  When MHEDA first contemplated starting a Women in Industry initiative, I was against it.  A number of years ago, an association colleague (male) contacted me to ask my opinion about whether or not I would join a “Women’s” industry group and I immediately said no.  I told him I would ...

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Giving Back and Receiving

By Steve Guglielmo Since I began working with MHEDA about nine years ago, the association has started some really cool initiatives. From the Women in Industry MHEDA-NET Group and Conference, the Learning Management System, Regional Networking Meetings and countless other member offerings that MHEDA has introduced, I feel like I’ve had a front row seat to a very evolutionary time ...

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Leading Change: The New Management Imperative

By Debra Zabloudil, FACHE, CAE “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less” said General Eric Shinseki. General Shinseki’s words remind us that change is no longer an option. It is a necessary part of today’s fast-paced environment. The speed of change impacts our work each and every day. Sometimes the thought of change feels overwhelming; ...

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Distributor Statistical Comparisons (DiSC)

Little Things Mean a Lot By John Mackay Why is it that one of every four material handling distributors makes three times more than the rest of the industry? Perhaps they have a great, well trained sales team executing a brilliant market plan. Or, have they found a market niche that the other three of four distributors hasn’t focused on ...

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Be Bold

By Sarah Moshman and Steve Guglielmo Sarah Moshman is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker who will be presenting at the Women in Industry Conference in Chicago on November 8, 2018. Sarah’s presentation, entitled “Be Bold,” will explore how we are all extraordinary and encourage attendees to leave their comfort zones in pursuit of a better version of themselves. Sarah was nice ...

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Bank on Thanks

Increase employee engagement by using this one simple tool By Tami Evans The room is too dark to see, but there are 400 HR Professionals out there waiting to be inspired. As I step on stage, I know they have gathered here to find ways they can improve retention in their organizations. And after the revolving-door reality recently experienced, they ...

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You are Safe

By Tami Evans The Park Ranger pointed North, “Two miles down the path you will see the trail branch off up to The Waterfall. The final mile up you will notice a slight increase in difficulty.” (Slight increase was more than a slight understatement.) After a grueling hour scrambling over rocks and roots we reach the top of the waterfall… ...

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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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