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Insights: The State of Warehouse Productivity

March 28, 2024

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Because labor has the lion’s share of costs in most warehouses and manufacturing facilities, productivity is always about the labor. Below we dive into a report below on the state of warehousing productivity and the ways you can analyze and improve it. Because we’re seeing worker shortages in the sector across the board, finding ways to help integrate younger workers into your operation is critical – also covered here.

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Stress and The Warehouse Worker: What are the Issues?

February 27, 2024

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This month, we delve into the stresses faced by warehouse workers, and how that may play into the sector’s competitiveness for labor as the available pool continues to contract. Also: detailed data on manufacturing output, ROI for industrial capital spending, and a bit more.

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Manufacturing Expansion: Who, What, Where and How?

January 30, 2024

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As we enter 2024, it’s no secret that manufacturing is growing at a nearly unprecedented rate. This cycle has been on the rise for years, and is now accelerating. Beneath the surface, some regions and sectors are growing faster than others. What are the trends we can anticipate in 2024 and beyond?

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Insights: Manufacturing Construction Boom, Product Loss Prevention

December 21, 2023

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As the holiday season roars in, ecommerce and retail fulfillment operations are both pushed to their limits. What should you be looking for over the next year?

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November 2023 Insights: Warehouse & Manufacturing Injury Rates

November 30, 2023

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This month, we delve into the reported high rates of injury and illness among warehouse workers, and the ways federal agencies are working to address it. Also, a dive into employment markets – where manufacturers and warehouse operators are falling short, and where the sector may be able to pull workers. Plus, we discuss automation’s rebound in 2024, shipping issues, and a bit more.

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October Insights: The “Robot Tax”, Worker Concerns with Automation

October 26, 2023

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Coverage of issues relating to automation, labor management, material handling, inventory shrinkage, and labor issues for industrial facilities and the people who operate them.

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Insights: Manufacturing Gender Gap, Automation Pitfalls to Avoid

September 26, 2023

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Where can automation cause issues? Intralox explores the pitfalls of downtime and the ways to address it below. We also examine issues relating to recruiting women to manufacturing careers, the need to reshore, Tennessee’s efforts to build a modern industrial workforce, and more.

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Insights: Ergonomics Study, Automation’s Role in Site Selection

August 24, 2023

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This month, we’re covering economic development and site selection factors based on comparing robotics and labor force development, a detailed ergonomics study on the impact of lifts and other work-positioning equipment on speed and injury rates, manufacturing construction and a bit more.

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Insights: Light-Directed Picking for Manufacturing

July 20, 2023

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A look at ways to optimize labor in manufacturing and distribution operations, as well as more on the current American manufacturing construction boom and how it is affected by inflationary pressures.

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Insights: Manufacturing’s Real Estate Shortage, DC Survey and More

June 27, 2023

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What are the top concerns of distribution center managers in 2023? The latest MMH survey lays it out. We also delve into manufacturing’s real estate problems, batch picking and a little more in this month’s roundup.
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