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MHEDA Staff Accepts Charitable Bet

By Steve Guglielmo Many readers of this blog know that I originally went to school for sports journalism. It was a happy accident that I fell into the world of material handling. So while I have moved on from wanting to write about sports professionally, I still really love being a fan. So when Jason Kasanezky from AK Material Handling ...

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MHEDA Convention Preview – Culture

By Steve Guglielmo The MHEDA Convention is just around the corner and the excitement is palpable. To whet your appetite a little bit more, we sat down with MHEDA Board member and Convention speaker Bill Ryan to preview his Tuesday afternoon workshop “Culture – A Member’s Perspective.” Culture is a topic that Bill is very passionate about, having given webinars ...

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Recognizing Your Rockstars

By Steve Guglielmo Do you remember those Intel – Sponsors of Tomorrow commercials from 2009? The ones featuring Ajay Bhatt, the co-inventor of the USB? If you don’t remember, do yourself a favor and visit this link (http://bit.ly/1EHJquw) for a refresher. I had completely forgotten about this commercial until Josh Smith from WPRP – Wholesale Pallet Rack emailed me last ...

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MHEDA At ProMat

Next week the capital of the material handling universe will be Chicago, Illinois, as the industry descends on the Midwest for ProMat 2015. Each year, ProMat/MODEX is one of my favorite events of the year. Not only is it an opportunity to see old friends from the industry but it is the preeminent networking opportunity for people in our industry. ...

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Forklift Operator Training and State Regulation

By Gary Cross, Dunaway & Cross, Counsel to the ITA No group has promoted forklift operator safety training more than the Industrial Truck Association. Consider: ITA successfully petitioned the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration to adopt a detailed operator-training regulation some 15 years ago; ITA’s creation of National Forklift Safety Day, which was inaugurated on June 10 last year ...

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Linkedin – A Material Handling Gold Mine

By Jason A. Kasanezky, AK Material Handling Systems If you do one thing to promote yourself or your business this year, make sure you get yourself a LinkedIn profile and step your game up. LinkedIn is one social media site that can both improve your personal online presence, as well as your online business profile. In this article I will ...

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Is This Thing On? It’s About To Be

By Steve Guglielmo Every company out there talks about wanting to have a great company culture. It’s not often you hear presidents and CEO’s saying things like “We have a lousy culture, but we’re not worried about it.” Everybody wants to have a great culture. The problem is, culture is kind of a nebulous term. I worked at a company ...

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Get More Out of Your Sales Meetings

By Brian C. Neuwirth In material handling, distributors have many options. That is why it is vitally important that you be able to succinctly and effectively differentiate your product and your company from the competitors. To do this, manufacturers must reconsider and re-calibrate how they treat the all important sales meeting. Too many sales meetings turn into long, drawn out ...

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Automation and Labor: Can’t They Get Along?

By Scott Stone, Cisco-Eagle There’s no doubt about it: Automation and robotics in the manufacturing sector are here to stay. In fact, recent research shows that robot orders and shipments in North America set new records during the first three quarters of 2014, accounting for an increase of 35% in units and 22% in dollars over the same period in ...

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Setting the Pace

By Linda Anlauf Does meeting face to face for business and team building make a difference? It definitely does, and the PaceSetters proved it in Nashville Tennessee during their Inaugural “Set the Pace” meeting! The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) hosts a program called MHEDA-NET which fosters networking in small groups with members from like businesses. Through this program, ...

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